"The trend in the working class movement which confined itself to the immediate struggle only, which looked upon May Day as only for declaration and assertion of partial demands, diverted the working class movement from its revolutionary objectives, and ending of capitalist rule and establishing socialism and working class power” wrote Comrade BTR in Working Class on the eve of May Day, 1986 and today after 24 years when capitalism stands totally exposed world over after the so called global finance meltdown, these words should arm the working class with revolutionary arsenal to battle against capitalist exploitation in the neo-liberal form. The neo-liberal economic policy, driven as it is by the international finance capital, aims at quickest way of maximizing the profits. As a result May Day this year sees the workers locked in a grim combat against the attacks of rising prices, inflation, attacks on wages, indecent jobs and monstrous rise in unemployment. India is no exception, confronted with double digit inflation with 1/3rd of world‘s hungry population living in the country where 77% of the population can not spend more than Rupees 20 per day.
Working Class in India has been undergoing relentless onslaught of the neo-liberal policies since early nineties under the cover of a fanciful word coined for this purpose - Globalisation. The proponent and cheerleaders of this new brand of economic imperialism led by the ruling polity, the multinationals / domestic corporates and their captive media are trying to misinform and mislead the country that the IPL, Satyam, Illegal Iron Ore Mining by Reddy’s of Bellary and others, Share Scam of Nineties etc. etc. are only aberrations and not part and parcel of casino – capital driven neo-liberal economy. It is for the working class, whose rights and livelihoods are being jeopardized at every step, to expose the real face of present day capitalism and neo-liberal globalization which is a daylight (‘nightlight’ of IPL), loot and fraud on the economy and the people of the country. Neither Government enquiry nor JPC can even cosmetically treat the ugly face of the capitalism, in the bizarre scenario of ‘corporatisation of politics’, ‘Dinakaranisation of judiciary’, ‘pricing of news’, ‘Tharoorisation of Congress” or ‘Reddyisation of BJP’ and so and so forth..
Establishment of Socialism and Working Class power is the only alternative as pointed out by Comrade BTR. Let us rededicate ourselves to this cause on this year’s May Day.