Inaugural speech: “All political parties must rise to the patriotic duty of secularism” – Yechury | Special | Deshabhimani

During the inauguration of the 23rd Party Congress of the CPI-M, its general secretary Sitaram Yechury declared that Hindutva communitarianism could only be fought by defending uncompromising secularism. All political parties that proclaim secularism must seize the opportunity to fulfill this patriotic duty. The Congress party as well as the regional parties must put their houses in order and decide on their position to safeguard the secular and democratic character of this Republic. Procrastination and compromising attitudes can only lead, as experience has shown, to an exodus from these parties to the communal forces – he warned.

Yechury called on all left secular democratic forces to come together in order to isolate and defeat the BJP. United left parties are essential to address the current challenges facing workers and India and its constitutional order. The CPI-M will resolve to strengthen efforts to build a strong communist party, a stronger left unity and the formation of a left and democratic front. He urged all Indian patriots to resolve together to safeguard our constitutional republic and strengthen struggles for pro-people alternative policies by forging the broadest front of secular forces against Hindutva communalism.

Instead of trying to relieve the people, the BJP-led union government continues to impose more economic burdens with daily hikes in the prices of petroleum products leading to runaway inflation. Added to growing unemployment, poverty and hunger, this is ruining people’s lives. The RSS and the BJP succeeded in creating the narrative of an all-encompassing Hindu identity among the people. Worsening communal division through the spread of hatred and violence is polarizing Indian society. This accentuation of polarization is the mainstay of the RSS-BJP for political and electoral mobilization.

There is the simultaneous pursuit of neoliberal reforms strengthening the bond of communal business, brazenly promoting Crony’s capitalism. Undermining the Indian Constitution, systematic efforts are being made to change the character of the democratic and secular Indian Republic. The isolation of the RSS-BJP cannot be done only electorally but will have to be undertaken by carrying out sustained efforts in the political, ideological, cultural and social fields. This 23rd Party Congress will discuss concrete steps that need to be taken to strengthen the fight against the Hindutva agenda, Yechury said.

Ukraine is just the theater

The current war is really between Russia and the US-led NATO. Ukraine in only theater-Sitaram Yechury said. NATO’s relentless eastward expansion moving with 1,75,000 troops to Russia’s borders is the backdrop to this conflict. This situation has been aggravated by the proposal to grant Ukraine NATO membership. This war must end immediately. However, this war triggered many developments with international ramifications for the future.

This war and India’s consistent stance of abstaining on UN resolutions against Russia clearly show the futility of the Modi government’s impassioned pursuit to cement India as a subordinate ally of the American imperialism. India must safeguard its own interests by maintaining an independent foreign policy and should now seriously consider distancing itself from alliances led by US imperialism as the QUAD-Yechury has demanded. He also explained the electoral victories of left-wing and democratic parties against right-wing forces in various parts of the country.

Kerala leads the way
The CPI-M and the Left Democratic Front have shown the way in defending an uncompromising secularism that respects equality regardless of caste, creed and gender, said CPI-M Secretary General Sitaram Yechury. LDF seeks to implement pro-people policies as an alternative to the neoliberal agenda. The results are visible with the world acclaiming Kerala’s high ranking in the Human Development Index. The dedicated struggles won the trust of the people to make the communist movement in Kerala a formidable outpost for the Indian revolutionary movement.

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