(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 02, 2012
CPI(M) Greets Nineteenth Congress of PCP
The following is the text of the message of greetings sent to the 19th Congress of the Portuguese Communist Party that took place from November 30 to December 2, 2012. S Ramachandran Pillai, Polit Bureau member has attended the Congress on behalf of the CPI(M).
At the very outset, on behalf
of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India
(Marxist) allow me to
extend my warm fraternal greetings to the 19th Congress of
Communist Party and wish it all success. Also through you, I
salute all the
members of the PCP, who are in an intense struggle against
measures and other burdens placed on the shoulders of the
working class and
common people of
Remembering Comrade Cunhal and paying homage to him in fact means saluting the memory of the April revolution and the ideals he had lived for his entire life. This is all the more necessary in today's world scenario.
Your Congress is taking place at a very crucial time. The world is in the midst of a severe economic crisis that is leaving no country unaffected. What had, in fact, started as corporate insolvency has now turned into full fledged sovereign insolvency. To compound the problem, today we witness the confluence of three sets - all offshoots of the economic crisis - (i) the double dip recession that the Euro zone finds itself in (ii) the 'fiscal cliff' of the US and (iii) the Damocles sword hanging on the necks of countries like Portugal, Greece, etc who have to start re-servicing the loans they had taken from international agencies like IMF and ECB.
The ruling classes in order to come out of this situation will try to impose even more burdens on the people. Imperialism will use all the options - military, economic and political - to overcome this crisis and maintain its hegemony. It will come out with even more aggression to ensure its control over world resources and markets. It is this expression of aggression that we notice in the Middle-East today. Its decision to turn its attention on Asia-Pacific region also arises from this intention – remember the region is a bigger market than the EU.
The people of the world already reeling under intense attacks, will come out in bigger numbers resisting this intensification of burdens upon them. This situation naturally opens up a host of possibilities for us, Communists. It is here that the experience of April and Comrade Cunhal will be of immense importance to all of us.
Instead of initiating measures
to redress these problems, the Congress led UPA government
has succumbed to the
pressures from the
We are confident that the attacks on working class and the people at large can be repulsed. We are sure that the 19th Congress of the PCP will go a long way in strengthening these struggles. We express our solidarity with the PCP in all its struggles and endeavours to put an end to the present unequal and unjust capitalist system. We know that this struggle will be long and arduous, but let me assure you comrades, that you can always count on the CPI(M) to stand by you.
The PCP and CPI(M) share special bonds of friendship and fraternal relations and we are confident that the coming days will see a further deepening of these bonds.