(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 15, 2012
Greetings to 13th Congress, SACP
10, 2012, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) greets the South African Communist Party (SACP) on the occasion of its 13th party congress. We wish the congress all success and hope that the resolutions and decisions of the congress will further strengthen the party.
Your congress is taking
place at a crucial time, with
the world yet to come out of the grips of severe recession.
The global economic
crisis, one of the severest in the recent past and compared to
Depression of the 1930s, had its affects felt in almost all
the countries of
the world. What had started as corporate insolvency in 2008
had now bloomed
into full-fledged sovereign insolvency. Economies of the
Closure of factories, rising unemployment, poverty, hunger, malnutrition are some of the most visible effects of the economic crisis. The ruling classes worldwide are trying to come out of the crisis by further burdening the common people. This is the real purpose of the so-called 'austerity' measures imposed in many of the European countries. The hard won rights of the working class are under attack, with rising retirement ages, cuts in pensions and other social welfare benefits.
feature of this crisis is that the
imperialist countries are trying to transfer their burdens
onto the shoulders
of the developing and underdeveloped countries. They are using
agencies like the IMF, World Bank, WTO and also bilateral
means to impose
burdens on developing and under-developed countries. The
A heartening feature in
this gloomy scenario is that
these attempts of the ruling classes are not going
unchallenged. People are
coming out in large numbers protesting the 'austerity'
measures and mounting
attacks on their livelihoods. The huge protests witnessed in
The country is already reeling under the effects of double-digit inflation, rising prices of food, fuel and other essential items. Agriculture is under severe duress. Manufacturing is slowing down. The government instead of addressing these pressing concerns by providing relief to the people, is subsidising the big bourgeoisie by providing them with tax concessions. There is a growing anger among the people against the government policies. The CPI(M) is taking up these issues and leading the fight against the neo-liberal onslaught of the government.
We are watching with
interest the developments in
As fraternal parties working in two of the most important developing economies of the world, we have an important role to play. Through our struggles we should force the governments of our countries to emphasise on South-South cooperation and use BRICS as a tool to promote this endeavour and question the US hegemony.
Once again, we wish the 13th congress of the SACP all success and thank the leadership for inviting us to be part of this historic congress. Unfortunately, due to some pressing political developments in our country, we could not be present amongst you. Nevertheless, we assure you of our wholehearted solidarity with all your struggles for the cause of working class and other toiling sections of the society. We hope that your congress, guided by the correct principles of Marxism-Leninism, will become a milestone in the history of SACP and the country. We are confident that the decisions you arrive at – the resolutions of your congress – will lay out a correct path of struggle and guide in the success of National Democratic Revolution and in the establishment of socialism. Fully aware that this is not an easy task, we assure you of our complete solidarity in this long and arduous journey.