On behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), we greet the Communist Party of USA, on the occasion of the 29th Convention and through you all the members of your party. We take this occasion to once again reiterate our heartfelt solidarity with the CPUSA.
The CPUSA working inside the world’s leading capitalist country and imperialist super power is performing an onerous task of leading the working class and other oppressed people in the fight against the system. We have been watching with interest the struggles waged by your party and the working class in your country and are particularly inspired by the factory occupation struggle carried out in Chicago. We are also following keenly the various discussions that are being carried out by your party on various vital issues.
The 29th Convention of the Communist Party of USA is taking place at a crucial juncture. The current crisis of international financial capital is by much estimation, far graver than any other crisis in the history of capitalism. It is a systemic crisis with its impact felt across the world. In spite of many countries declaring that they have officially come out of recession, unemployment is still rising at enormous proportions. Factories are ‘off-loading’ their workforce, reducing working hours and many units are being closed. Millions of people have lost their jobs. The social impact of the crisis too is being felt everywhere with rising discontent and increasing protests. Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and many countries are witnessing massive protest demonstrations against the attempts of the ruling classes of these countries to shift the burden of the crisis onto the shoulders of the working people.
Capitalism, as Marx has shown, is a system that is based on the exploitation of man by man and nation by nation. It can never be a crisis-free system and this fact has been once again vindicated by the present day crisis. It has exposed the unsustainability of the path of globalisation pursued for the past few decades and also the bankruptcy of neo-liberalism – its ideological mask. No amount of reform can make capitalism an exploitation free system.
Our country too is affected by the crisis, though the impact is only to a limited extent because of the role played by the CPI (M) and other Left parties. Unfortunately, the Congress-led UPA government did not learn correct lessons from the crisis and now buoyed by the fact that it no longer depends on the Left for its survival, is implementing the very same neo-liberal policies that had led to this crisis. In our country, we are in the midst of various struggles taking up the issues of the various sections of the society who are reeling under the attacks of the neo-liberal policies pursued by the government at the behest of the imperialist forces.
The present coalition government led by the Congress, is desperate to forge a strategic relationship with the United States. The Indo-US nuclear deal and the civil nuclear disaster liability bill that legally absolves any responsibility of the US nuclear firms that supply reactors in case of a disaster, are all detrimental to the interests of our people and adversely affect the sovereignty of our country.
The ruling classes in our country are trying their best to isolate our party and are attacking it from all directions. In West Bengal, one of the strongest bastions for our party in the country, there is a broad ranging coalition forged by all political forces from the extreme right to the extreme left and some NGOs. More than 200 of our comrades have lost their lives in this province alone, killed by the Maoists who were emboldened by this broad alliance. The party is thick in the fight not only resisting all these efforts intended to isolate our party but also in defence of the rights of the toiling people.
We hope that the discussions and decisions you would arrive at in this conference would rally all the progressive and democratic forces in the society and carry forward the struggle for the establishment of a socialist society. While such a struggle would be long and arduous, on behalf of the CPI (M), we assure you our fraternal solidarity and support.
Communist Party of India (Marxist)