After the Killing of Burhan Wani: Long Live the Kashmiri Intifada!

Organize the Workers’ and Popular Struggle to End the Indian Occupation! For a Free, United and Red Kashmir!

Statement of the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Revolutionary Workers Organization (Pakistani Section of the RCIT), 21.07.2016, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. The “extra-judicial” killing of 22-year-old Burhan Muzaffar Wani, a popular commander of the petty-bourgeois nationalist and Islamist Hizbul Mujahideen, by Indian occupation forces has provoked a massive surge of popular resistance by the Kashmiri people. In the mass protests which followed Wadi’s death, Indian repression forces killed at least 34 demonstrators.

 

  1. This brutal repression is only the latest highlight of the ongoing oppression of the Kashmiri people by the Indian state. The Indian state has stationed about 750,000 soldiers and police forces in Kashmir which has a population of only 8 million. This means that there is about one Indian soldier for every ten Kashmiris! Since the beginning of the popular uprising in 1988, nearly 100,000 Kashmiri Muslims have been killed by Indian security forces. In addition, nearly 10,000 women have been gang raped by marauding bands of Indian soldiers.

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Revolutionary Workers Organization (RWO) express their unconditional solidarity with the liberation struggle of the heroic Kashmiri people who have been fighting for independence for more than six decades. As socialists, we give no political support to the Kashmiri nationalist and Islamist organizations. Similarly, we oppose any attempts by the Pakistani army and ISI to manipulate the Kashmiri liberation struggle for their own benefit in the long-term conflict with the Indian state. However, all this does not obviate the fullest support which the international workers’ movement owes to the struggle of the Kashmiri workers, peasants and poor to get rid of the Indian occupation. The Kashmiri people have demonstrated repeatedly that they are only part of the Indian state against their will. As socialists we fully support their right of national self-determination.

 

  1. At the same time we also support the right of national self-determination for the Kashmiri people living within the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir. We call for the withdrawal of all Pakistani forces from Kashmir.

 

  1. The RCIT and its Pakistani section call the Kashmiri workers, poor and youth to organize for a perspective of mass struggle against the occupation. While we defend the heroic guerilla fighters against the Indian repression forces, we consider their strategy as wrong and self-defeating. We call for the building of action committees in the work places and neighborhoods to organize the popular masses. For a general strike against the Indian occupation!

 

  1. We fully support the struggle of the Kashmiri people for independence. We defend the right to return to their homes of all Kashmiris driven out by the Indian security forces. We support the perspective of a united Kashmir which brings together the divided country currently hold by the Indian, Pakistani and Chinese state. Such a free and independent Kashmir should be a country controlled by the workers and peasants and not by a small clique of capitalists and land owners. This is why the RCIT and its Pakistani section are fighting for an independent socialist Kashmir, i.e. a free, united and red Kashmir!

 

  1. We combine this perspective with the slogan of a revolutionary constituent assembly elected and controlled by all Kashmiri people which should determine the future character of the country. In such an assembly socialists would argue for the perspective of a workers and peasants republic. They would also raise the perspective of a socialist federation of South Asia.

 

Support the Intifada of the Kashmir people against the Indian occupation forces!

 

For the immediate and total withdrawal of all Indian forces from Kashmir!

 

For the release of all the political prisoners of the Kashmir struggle

 

For the right of national self-determination for the people of Kashmir! For a free, united and red Kashmir!

 

 

 

We refer readers to our fundamental statement on the oppression of the Kashmiri people and the perspectives of liberation struggle:

 

RWO: Pakistan: Prospects for revolutionary class struggle (2102), http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/asia/pakistan-action-program/

 

Resolution on the Kashmir Question (2010), http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/asia/kashmir-resolution/

 

 

 

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What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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