Ruling Class

CPI-ML Ruling Class

Oppose GST, Support Struggles against GST and high taxes and Demand Abolition of Indirect Taxes

To increase the tax burden on the people, to favour the corporate big capital over the small enterprenuers and to undermine whatever fiscal rights are granted to the states in the Indian Constitution, RSS-BJP Govt. has launched Good & Services Tax (GST) from July 1, 2017. GST has long been demanded by imperialist capital and has been on the wish list of Indian corporate. It represents one of the most cruel attacks on the people and the rights of the states.

Touted as the reform of indirect taxation in the country, GST has three types and several slabs. Besides several items like petroleum products and alcohol have been kept out of the purview of GST so that high taxes on them do not figure in the GST tax rates. Moreover some of the indirect taxes will still continue to be levied by different authorities.

GST would greatly increase the burden of indirect taxes which are paid by the common people. Already Indian Govt. receives two third of its tax revenue through indirect taxes while indirect taxes constitute only a third of tax revenues of the Govts. of developed capitalist countries. Tax GDP ratio in India compares favourably with these countries largely due to expenditure on social sectors in those countries while this is almost nominal in India.… Read More

Peasants Ruling Class

Demonetization and Peasantry : Agriculture, Rural Trade Demonetized by Pro-Corporate, Tax Hungry Govt.

Ashish Mital
A story is popular in the villages. Some thieves entered a village in the dead of night. When the villagers raised an alarm of “chor”, “chor”, to escape identification the thieves joined the ruckus and themselves started shouting “chor, chor”. They ran around with the villagers in the darkness, looted what they could and by morning bolted with the booty. Modi is doing just that.
Demonetization of high currency notes by the Modi govt. has in one shot ruined vast sections of agricultural economy and rural markets because it has been accompanied with deliberate creation of a huge shortage of small currency, continuing and increasing restrictions on withdrawals, replacement with only difficult to exchange Rs 2000 notes- those too in short supply.
It is noteworthy that the govt. consciously barred rural banks from exchanging old notes from day one. Though after peasants’ protests the govt. permitted them to withdraw up to Rs 25,000 per week, the rural banks never had that kind of cash to give. Thirdly, though the govt. announced after about two weeks that fertilizers and seeds would be available in old notes, the currency had already lost a lot of credibility and Govt. outlets are known to have poor and restricted quality of both.… Read More

Ruling Class

‘Demonetisation’ – The Poor pay for the debts of Super Rich – SK

 

‘We have land.

We have water.

And we make mud.’

– Ivan Kulekov

The November 8th announcement by the Indian Prime Minister and subsequent decisions and statements by the government will remain etched as landmark events in the economic and political history of India. While some went to the extent of measuring one’s patriotism with long winding queues before bank branches, very soon the initial euphoria gave way to the exasperation. The tone has changed noticeably. Some of those who praised it as a ‘bold, master stroke’ have later started grumbling about ‘bad execution’.

The discussion about the government’s decision and its consequences will invariably be coloured by one’s beliefs and perspectives. Yet, it is important to understand the background before one comes to a concrete conclusion. The truth behind the proclamations needs to be ascertained based on the ground reality and the consequences.

What ails the banking sector?  The IMF and World Bank have been mentioning about the Non-performing Assets (NPA) for a long time. According to IMF, Non-performing assets amount to 5.9% of the total amount of loans in India. The World Bank estimated that the bad debts accounted for 2.4% of the total lending by the banks in year 2010 and it rose to 4% by the year 2014.… Read More

Imperialism NDA Ruling Class

On Union Budget 2016-17 : Continuing Bonanza for the Super-rich and Burden on the Poor

Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley does not address any concern relating to the economic growth nor takes any step to ameliorate the deteriorating conditions of the people. It does not address the questions of peasant distress, industrial stagnation or the rising economic burden on the common people.

The Budget exercise of Indian Govt. has lost much of its importance due to year round increase in taxes and levies as also jugglery of figures. Incomes are inflated to balance the figures and expenditures are announced to hear plaudits from apologist commentators. However the money is not spent and thus people are fooled without any exertion on the part of the Govt. Govt. makes big announcements to hide continuing slowdown of economic growth, the announcements which are never implemented. Schemes are renamed (after Sangh icons), regrouped under different head to show increased allocation and tricks of the kind are galore in Jaitley’s Budget. Appropriate noises are made of care for the peasants and common person but all the benefits accrue to less than 0.1 percent of the super rich. Homilies are paid to the poor with loud mouth but the fine print discloses the real bonanza for the super rich.… Read More

CPI-ML Kashmir NDA Ruling Class Students

JNU: Modi led RSS-BJP Govt.’s Attack

The Modi led RSS BJP Central Govt., cornered and defensive over Rohith Vemula’s institutional murder and the exposure of its anti Dalit character, intervened in a routine event held in February at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) situated in Delhi to push its own agenda. It also got a golden opportunity to turn people’s attention from the devastating agrarian situation, continual price rise, joblessness and absent ache din. Pouncing on an event, a wave of jingoism, righteous chauvinism and aggressive fake nationalism has been let loose in the country, based on video doctoring and Goebellsian ranting. The issues just couldn’t have been better for the RSS; a mix of Kashmir and communist baiting to which they themselves added the necessary seasoning of Pakistan.

The Jawahar Lal Nehru University is a Central university known for a liberal culture of tolerance of different viewpoints. By providing for special provisions to accommodate students from backward districts of the country, it has built a reputation for a representative mixture of students. The University has been an eyesore for the RSS, which associates it with communist views and which has long voiced intentions of getting it closed down.

9th February 2016 in Background of Student Unrest

Democratic student organizations and activists of many varieties in institutions of higher learning especially in Delhi have been active in the recent past.… Read More

Protests Ruling Class

Statement on Agitation by Jats in Haryana

Militant agitation by Jats of Haryana for reservation in OBC category enjoys widespread support in that community. While violent attacks on other communities might have been engineered by vested interests linked to ruling class parties, the wide disillusionment and anger in the community is quite evident. We strongly condemn the senseless violence indulged by lumpen elements against common people and reported assaults on women passengers. We also strongly condemn the killing of 18 agitators and injuring hundreds in police firing. Police in India knows only one way of tackling people i.e. to fire live bullets to kill and maim them.
This agitation by Jats and earlier agitation by Patidars in Gujarat, by Marathas in Maharashtra and by Kapus in Andhra Pradesh demonstrate deep agrarian crisis in the country and increasing hardships of peasantry. Decreasing share of agriculture in the gross domestic product with continuing dependence of large section of people on agriculture has led to deterioration of the conditions of the peasantry and rural masses in general. Rising cost of agricultural inputs and lack of corresponding rise in the prices of agricultural produce thereby further worsening terms of trade against agriculture, continued neglect of irrigation and protection from vagaries of nature, lack of agri-based industries and industries in the rural areas, lack of emphasis on development in the rural areas and their continuing backwardness, and increasing privatization of education and health taking them beyond the means of overwhelming population in rural areas have led to worsening conditions of rural masses including landowning peasantry.… Read More

Communalism Ruling Class

Oppose Communal Offensive of RSS-BJP

Demand Punishment to Guilty of 1984 Sikh Genocide, 2002 Gujarat Pogrom and other murderous attacks on minorities

Mobilize the people for secularism of shared aspirations based on unity of workers, peasants and all sections of people

6th December, the day RSS-BJP hordes in connivance with the then Congress Govt. had demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, has come to be marked as the day of struggle of aggressive Hindu communalism. Over the years protests against communalism have been held on this day. This year it is all the more important to observe this day as communal attacks on minorities, particularly Muslims, have grown along with attacks on rationalists and intellectuals opposed to communalism. Besides Modi led BJP Govt. has packed all the Govt. bodies dealing with education, art & culture including cinema, historical research and history writing, and even science with nominees of RSS. While there were more than 600 incidents of communal violence targeting minorities in the first year of power, there have been more than 300 such incidents over the past three months alone. These incidents have exposed the hand of hydra headed RSS in such incidents and shocking statements of ruling party leaders to justify these attacks. These incidents have once again brought to fore deep penetration of majority communalism in police and administration which facilitates such attacks, rewards the culprits and hounds the victims.… Read More

Communalism Elections Revisionist Parties Ruling Class

Statement on Bihar Elections

While Bihar assembly elections held recently have delivered a massive defeat to Narendra Modi led RSS-BJP at the Centre, they also showed that the basic issues facing the people did not become the main issues in the elections. It shows the success of the ruling classes and the big media controlled by them in allowing only certain issues to reach the people at large. Despite big increase in the role of corporate media, a large number of people (nearly 24%) did not vote for the candidates fielded by the claimants to power i.e. Grand Alliance of RJD, JD-U and Congress and NDA of BJP, LJP, RLSP and HAM-S. Over 2.5% rejected all the candidates by stamping NOTA and 9.4 percent voted for independent candidates. This shows that disillusion with main claimants to power runs deep despite massive dose of propaganda to make it a direct contest and polarize the voters between main contestants for power.

Bihar assembly election results have given a big blow to the murderous attacks by the RSS-BJP against minorities, particularly Muslims and the murders and intimidation of rationalists and intellectuals opposing the fascist trends by little known fanatical organizations linked to RSS. A large number of intellectuals have come forward to condemn these attacks and their return of awards has focused attention on this danger.… Read More

Protests Ruling Class

Condemn Arrest of PALA Artist Com. Kovan

Arrest of Com. Kovan, a folk artist of the People’s Arts and Literary Association (PALA) of Tamilnadu, on charges of sedition has evoked widespread condemnation in Tamilnadu and all over the country. Com. Kovan (Sivadas), a popular artist, was participating in a campaign against Govt. liquor shops in Tamilnadu. Through his art he has exposed Jayalalitha Govt. for fooling the people of Tamilnadu, contrasting distribution of freebies with opening of more liquor vends in the state.

Arrest of Com. Kovan under this trumped up charge shows the manner of Jayalalitha’s rule which does not tolerate any criticism. Ruling AIADMK has charged Com. Kovan with insulting Ms. Jayalalitha for which he has been charged with sedition. Com. Kovan’s arrest also demonstrates the deep insecurity of the ruling establishment, facing rising anger of the people. It also shows their misplaced sense of importance whence they term their criticism as sedition. A few days back the RSS mouthpiece Organizer had termed JNU as a hotbed of anti-nationals.

Anti-sedition law enacted by British colonialists after their suppression of Indian war of independence of 1857, has been continued by the comprador rulers after transfer of power in 1947. It only shows the real character of independence achieved by India in 1947 where the rulers continued with anti-people policies and repressive methods of rule.… Read More