Saturday, October 12, 2013

Defeat all Threats to our Unity

The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh and the members of its parivar are once again busy at what they do best - evoke communal passions, provoke violence and divide people to benefit their political wing, the BJP.

The recent communal riot in Muzaffarnagar, the worst in recent days, has led to the death of thirty two people. Hundreds of people including children have been injured. Hundreds of houses have been burned and looted. Tens of thousands people have been forced to leave their homes and live in camps. This was preceded by communal violence in other places in the state – in Kosikalan, Bareilly, Moradabad, Pratapgarh, Faizabad, etc. There has been a spurt in communal violence in various parts of the country in the last ten months – in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir, in Nawada and Bettiah in Bihar, in Rajasthan etc. These provide an indication of things to come in the next months, if the RSS is allowed to have its way, as the country heads for Parliamentary elections due early next year.

During the last one year, the RSS and its outfits have been systematically working to raise communal tensions and create communal polarisation, which would benefit the BJP in the 2014 elections. It has once again raised the Ayodhya temple issue. The VHP and other frontal organisations have been deployed to project the Hindutva agenda. Having no alternative pro people economic policies, the BJP has decided to rely on the polarisation of society for its electoral gains. It has anointed Modi, who presided over the horrendous Gujarat communal carnage and is widely perceived as the most polarising personality, as its prime ministerial candidate.

The communal polarisation sought to be achieved by the RSS poses a serious challenge to the unity of the working class. The last four years have seen sustained united campaigns and struggles of the working class with all the eleven central trade unions coming together to fight against the devastating impact of the anti worker anti people neoliberal regime. This unprecedented unity resulted in the historic two day country wide strike in February this year and the call for continuation of the struggle against the apathetic attitude of the government. The enthusiasm created by the joint movement was once again witnessed in the participation of lakhs of workers belonging to all the central trade unions in the state level rallies on 25th September.

It is such unity that the ruling classes want to disrupt to carry out the pro rich, pro corporate neoliberal agenda. It is to be noted that Modi has the support of the entire spectrum of big corporate houses who believe that he is more competent in crushing resistance and fast tracking the neoliberal policies at the national level, as he has done in his home state Gujarat.

The working class of this country cannot allow such disruption of its unity, which has been built so assiduously over the years. This unity of the working class must be protected with utmost care. The working class must be made aware about the machinations of the communal forces and be mobilised en masse against any attempt to disrupt their unity. The campaign for the joint March to Parliament and district level demonstrations on 12th December has to be intensified.

It is the responsibility of all the CITU cadres, sympathisers and well wishers to be vigilant against any acts that threaten the unity of the toiling people.

Editorial, the voice of working women, October 2013

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