In the India and the Philippines large masses of people are leading the world in the struggle for socialism and communism. They are revolting against a global economic order that exploits them for the benefit of the rich nations and which delivers nothing but poverty for their peoples despite the slogans about ‘development’. Operating on the basis that the principal contradiction in the world is between the imperialist nations and the oppressed nations they are leading the fight against world capitalism. They are striving to break their countries free of the parasitic grasp of the imperialist nations. They want a people centred, democratic model of development.
Wherever the Communist Party of India has had the strength they have seized land from the landlords. The imperialists seek to strip the Indian peasant of their land and impoverish them. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) strives to give land to the peasant and bring about rural development in order to enrich the peasant and use their wealth as the motive power of self-reliant, locally based industrial development. The Communist Party of the Philippines is leading mass struggles of peasants and workers across the Philippines. They are aiming for the liberation of the Philippine people from the landlords and imperialists. They promote land reform,health, education and culture as the first step to democratic revolution advancing to socialism.
In response the reactionary governments of these two countries have unleashed repression against the masses of the people. In India there has been ‘Operation Green Hunt’ and in the Philippines there has been the Oplan Bayanihan repression. However, repression can never crush a movement when its cause is right and just and it is supported by the broad masses of the people. The people, however, do suffer from these repressions and for this reason Red Soldiarity joins international calls to stop the wars against the people in India and the Philippines.
The revolutionary struggles led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Communist Party of the Philippines must be seen in the context of a period where socialism has suffered many defeats and outside of these countries the only obvious opposition to imperialism is led by the Bolivarian reformists or the Al-Qaeda reactionary fanatics. In such a dark scenario the people’s struggles in the Philippines and India are like two shining beacons. The brave and tenancious struggle of the masses in these two countries has the potential to bring forth another wave of world proletarian struggle and revolution.
In future posts we intend to develop our line on support for these struggles and to provide regular updates and analysis.
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