Sent on the occasion of the 8th Congress of the CPI(ML)
From 1857 Committee, UK
2007 has been a momentous year for the peoples of the sub-continent. It marked 150 years of our struggles against imperialism. In marking the 150th anniversary of the events of 1857, at meetings and conferences here in Britain attended by members of your party, we recognised the similarities of the battles that the peoples of the sub-continent faced in 1857 to the ones we face today. The sub-continent then faced the East India Company, appropriately described as the first multinational corporation. Today the peoples of India and indeed others in the sub-continent face similar threats from multinationals. In India we salute the struggles of the people in Nandigram and other areas of India affected by the Special Economic Zones and the role played by your party in supporting and strengthening this resistance. Here in Britain we have been actively involved in the campaign to publicise and build support for these struggles, and have set up the anti-SEZs group in Birmingham.
Globalisation and indeed the “War on Terror” are also having a devastating impact on the peoples of the sub-continent. In India itself it has obvious repercussions as erosion of civil liberties from their already limited position. In other countries in the sub-continent, especially in Pakistan, it has led to a situation where the army is acting as a front-line force in the war, causing daily casualties in some regions of the country.
The circumstances expressed above in the sub-continent and unbridled imperialism in the form of globalisation will be of major significance to the peoples of the sub-continent in the coming years and we are sure that the 8th Congress would address the growing dangers to the peoples of the sub-continent and continue to develop strategies for resisting them.
With fraternal greetings
On behalf of the 1857 Committee in Britain
From Indian Workers’ Association of Great Britain (IWAGB)
We applaud the CPI(ML)-led struggles, agitations both parliamentary and extra parliamentary, to defend and advance the interest of workers, peasants and other poor sections of Indian population.
IWAGB fraternally support Communist and other movements for a people’s democratic India, against imperialism and market economy system in India. CPI(ML) Liberation is a Party leading such movements. We send our warm, revolutionary fraternal greetings to the Party Congress.
IWAGB has a clear position against the 123 Nuclear agreement, and against Special Economic Zones whereby land is acquired compulsorily under the auspices of States or Central Government.
The UPA Govt. will stage a Pravasi Bharti Diwas in January 2008 in Delhi. It is an attempt to induce NRIs to invest in India. Overwhelming majority of NRIs and PIOs are struggling to obtain India Visa, Indian Passports and other Consular Services abroad. During winter months hundreds of PIO form long queues outside Indian High Commission in London and Birmingham. NRIs holding Indian passports are not allowed to travel on Chartered Flights to India. We urge CPIML to consider taking up the problems faced by NRIs and PIOs abroad with Government of India.
Long Live Revolution!
Long live Marxism-Leninism!
Victory to Peoples Democratic Revolution in India!
From the Workers’ World Party (WWP), USA
We want to express our solidarity with you and all those struggling in India against feudalism, capitalism, imperialist domination and for the socialist victory of the workers and peasants to end class exploitation
We support your struggles against the Special Economic Zones, against the destruction of tribal lands, against communalism, caste discrimination and oppression, against the oppression of women, against landlessness and all the evils of capitalist and landlord domination, which are the foundation of the terrible super-exploitation of the vast majority of the Indian workers and peasants.
And we salute your struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, pro-capitalist and pro-imperialist policies of the Indian bourgeois government of the Congress Party and its so-called “left” collaborators. These policies are symbolized by the Nandigram massacre, the setting up of the SEZs to clear the way for imperialist capital, and Washington’s nuclear schemes to make India into an accomplice of U.S. imperialist aggression.
The wages and the living standards of workers in the imperialist countries are being driven down across the board. But the treacherous, chauvinist politics of the ruling classes seeks to blame the problems on the workers in the low-wage countries -- India, China, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, etc. Similarly in the U.S. and in all the imperialist countries, the political mouthpieces of the bosses are waging a racist campaign against immigrant workers, whom they super-exploit and then seek to scapegoat and persecute in order to divert the class struggle.
The only true answer to world wide competition among workers is international working class solidarity. The workers in the U.S. must know what the U.S. and British corporations have done to keep the Indian masses in a state of colonial and imperialist slavery for centuries. The workers in the U.S. must know what all of Latin America as well as the rest of the world has suffered at the hands of the Yankee imperialism.
It is the duty of all internationalists to call upon the workers in the imperialist countries to stretch out the hand of solidarity to workers in the oppressed countries and to join them in a common struggle against the common enemy – world finance capitalism.
Down with U.S. imperialism – Long live the solidarity of the U.S. working class with the struggling Indian masses.
The Secretariat of Workers World Party,
Despite our inability to attend the Congress we extend to you warm brotherly and militant greeting and the proletarian internationalist wishes of success from the Italian Marxist-Leninist Party.
Although geographically in two different and distant continents, we feel you near to us because the ideology, the nature of class and the cause of our two Parties are common. Both in fact are inspired by the Marxism-Leninism-Mao Thought and they pursue the objective of the socialism, also keeping in mind of the different situation in India and in Italy.
Our two Parties have the same experience as it regards the attitude of the social democratic parties toward the central bourgeois government. In Italy such parties are directly inside the government of the bourgeois dominant class, while in India they support it from the outside. But the substance doesn't change. In the one and in the other case the false communist parties act as coverage on the left of the bourgeois dominant class, and in such way they rob the revolutionary energy of the masses of its potential and they sabotage the struggle for the socialism.
Currently imperialism, especially US imperialism, exports its armies and it massacres the populations of the occupied countries. But the peoples of Iraq, of Afghanistan, of Palestine and of other countries are giving it some hard lessons. The future is not therefore of the imperialism and of the bourgeoisie, but of the revolution, of the proletariat and of socialism.
Long live the militant unity between the PMLI and the CPI(ML)!
The Political Bureau of the PMLI
Florence, November 29, 2007
Hands Off Venezuela campaign
Dear brothers and sisters,
We would like to send our warmest revolutionary internationalist greetings to your congress, which we are convinced will be a successful one.
Venezuela is a country that has been under the grip of imperialism and the local oligarchy for the last 200 years. But the Venezuelan people have said enough and have started to move on the road of Revolution. The election of President Hugo Chávez in 1998 was an important turning point in that process.
Many things have been already achieved in the Bolivarian revolution. Illiteracy has been completely eradicated, 3 million new students have been incorporated into the education system which is now free for all, basic primary health care has been provided for free in working class, poor and peasant areas around the country, a programme of land reform has started, and the nationalised character of oil resources has been reassured.
All these progressive reforms have awoken the rage of the Venezuelan oligarchy and imperialism who have on several occasions tried to put an end to the revolution and overthrow president Chávez (during the coup in April 2002, the bosses lock out and sabotage of the economy in December 2002, during the fascist riots in the run up to the recall referendum in 2004, etc). Every single time the masses of ordinary working people have come out on the streets and defeated the counter-revolutionary attempts.
The task in Venezuela has been set clearly, in the words of President Chávez, the alternative is “Socialism or barbarism”. A successful socialist revolution in Venezuela would serve as an inspiration to the whole of Latin America and for the working class and the oppressed around the world. A defeat would mean a vicious military dictatorship and would throw the whole movement back. This is why we need your support, the support of workers, peasants and poor around the world.
One of the best ways to build solidarity is in fact to prepare the conditions for revolution in your own countries.
Forward to socialism in Venezuela and internationally!
Long live the Bolivarian Revolution!
Down with capitalism!
Down with imperialism!
Hands Off Venezuela campaign
Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
We take this opportunity to express our very best wishes for the success of your 8th National Congress and to extend our fraternal solidarity to your Party in your struggle against imperialism and for a people's democratic revolution in India. We are confident that you will emerge from this Congress with greater clarity and understanding of the national and international situation and rejuvenated to carry your work forward.
Our Chairman, Comrade Harpal Brar, has asked me to convey his greetings to Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya, the General Secretary of your Party.
With revolutionary greetings,
Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
Communist League of Finland
On behalf of the Communist League of Finland I would like to extend our best greetings to the CPI(ML) on the occasion of its 8th National Congress. We firmly believe your Party Congress will show the revolutionary unity of the working class of India.
21st of October, 2007
Mr. Antti Siika-aho
Vice-Chairman, The Worker's Party of Finland
Member of the Central Committee's International department, The Communist League of Finland
Danish Communist Party
Thank you for the invitation to your Congress. The DKP-ML was dissolved last year as part of a unification process where it joined forces with communists founding the Danish Communist Party. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend your Congress but wishes you success in its proceeding and in your future work.
International Department, Danish Communist Party
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
December 17, 2007
Warm greetings of international solidarity and congratulations on the occasion of your Eighth Congress taking place in Kolkata, India! As a member of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) from the USA and coordinator of a local US anti-war organization, Chelsea Uniting Against the War (CUAW) in Massachusetts, I send you best wishes for a revolutionary anti-imperialist outcome of your Congress.
We understand that the anti-imperialist struggle of the masses of people of India, and of the Indian workers and peasants in particular, is an important part of the world-wide anti-imperialist struggle today. We were particularly encouraged by the opposition of the Indian masses to the efforts of the Indian state to collaborate with US imperialism in its effort to secure Indian troops as cannon fodder for US imperialism in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The focus of ILPS work in the United States in this period has been opposition to the US imperialist-led war “at home and abroad.” One important aspect of our opposition to US imperialist war here “at home” has been work with high school students and parents in our community to oppose the sustained and devious efforts of US military recruiters to recruit our working class youth into the US military. Another important aspect of this work on the home front has been to organize against the growing US government terrorist attacks on immigrant workers and families. Internationally, the focus of our work has been in opposition to the bestial US imperialist attacks on the Iraqi people. We understand that our efforts are still extremely limited here and that we face many challenges ahead because while the majority of the US population is against the US war in Iraq, most, even US workers, are still pro-US imperialist.
We believe there is a need to strengthen our solidarity with the Iraqi, Afghani and other peoples who are in the frontlines of the fight for liberation against US imperialism. We need to strengthen our struggles and better coordinate our anti-imperialist efforts around the world. The ILPS is an international anti-imperialist united front organization and as such is one vehicle for doing this. The ILPS has more than 140 participating organizations around the world, including in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Europe and the USA. Our chairman is the outstanding Filipino revolutionary leader and internationalist, Jose Maria Sison, currently in exile in the Netherlands.
Once again, I wish you a successful revolutionary anti-imperialist Congress. I look forward to working together in the future to strengthen and coordinate our anti-US imperialist efforts.
Lyn Meza, International Coordinating Committee member, ILPS (USA)
Syrian Communist Party
We are very sorry, because we can not participate in your 8th congress.
Meantime, we appreciate your solidarity with our country Syria and other liberation movements in Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon.
We also respect and support the struggle of your party for the better conditions of the Indian people.
We wish the complete success to your Congress in finding the solutions for the problems of India based on the scientific socialist principles.
With best regards
The first secretary, Syrian Communist Party