Solidarity for the people's war in India!

Ang Bayan
Special Issue
July 19, 2013

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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), along with all of the revolutionary forces in the Philippines declare July 2013 as Philippine Solidarity Month with People's War in India. The CPP issues this declaration of solidarity alongside a call to the democratic and anti-imperialist forces for an international day of support for people's war in India on July 1. Let us accord the highest honors to the heroes and martyrs of the people's revolution in India, celebrate their triumphs and look forward to further advances in the future.

The CPP calls on its entire membership, all Red fighters of the New People's Army (NPA) and all revolutionary forces and people under its leadership to launch educational and cultural activities in the month of July to deepen further the Filipino revolutionary forces' understanding of, and solidarity with, the people's democratic revolution in India.

Party branches, NPA units, chapters of revolutionary mass organizations and departments of the revolutionary government will set aside a day or so in July for activities such as educational discussions, viewing of relevant movies, cultural presentations and mass propaganda to express solidarity and generate support for the people's war in India.

Launching the Philippine Solidarity Month with People's War in India is the CPP's way of reciprocating the week of solidarity launched by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) or CPI-M on April 22-28 simultaneous with the 40th anniversary of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on April 24.

Despite the distance and difference in national characteristics, there are many similarities between the people's wars in India and the Philippines. Most of all, the people's wars in India and the Philippines are both led by communist parties that adhere to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and are deeply rooted in the toiling masses.

Both advance the democratic interests of the peasantry and the national minorities for land against foreign mining companies and monopoly capitalist plunderers who monopolize and seize the land. Both advance the democratic struggles of workers, youth, women and other democratic sectors against exploiters and oppressors.

The CPI-M leads the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army in the same way the CPP leads the New People's Army in the Philippines. Both launch extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare while building organs of democratic people's political power and wage campaigns to advance the movement for land reform. In enjoying widespread support, the PLGA and NPA continue to expand and accumulate major victories in the field of armed struggle.

The people's wars in both India and the Philippines confront brutal suppression campaigns undertaken by reactionary forces on the dictates of the imperialist US government. Operation Green Hunt of the Indian reactionaries and Oplan Bayanihan of the Filipino reactionaries both utilize the most brutal forms of armed suppression, causing widespread violations of human rights. There is no difference in these acts of suppression which focus on the revolutionary masses in a sinister attempt to terrorize them.

The US imperialists and the reactionaries vilify the revolutionary forces in India and the Philippines as "terrorists." But they have failed to stop the growth of the revolutionary movement of the peoples of India and the Philippines which are both firmly advancing with the people's deep and wide support. The people's wars in India and the Philippines have repeatedly and decisively thwarted attempts by the reactionaries at armed suppression while steadily fulfilling the people's aspirations for democracy.

The Indian and Philippine revolutionary forces desire and strive to build a broad international anti-imperialist and democratic movement to advance the interests of the toiling masses amid the worsening crisis of the world capitalist system and the bankruptcy of neoliberal policies. The people's wars in India and the Philippines look forward to the huge potential of revolutionary advance in the face of the intensifying exploitation and oppression of the people in capitalist as well as semicolonial and semifeudal countries.

The CPP hails the CPI-M and all revolutionary forces in India for persevering along the path of people's war. The world's peoples anticipate the growth and huge advance of people's war in India as the Indian people continue to rise up against oppression and exploitation by the ruling classes and the imperialists. The world's peoples look forward to the epic scope and potential of people's war in India to massively change the face of the earth, just as the victory of the Russian and Chinese revolutions changed the balance of class struggle worldwide.

The Filipino people look forward to the Indian revolution's total victory even as they desire victory in their own country. The Filipino and Indian peoples are advancing the interests of the proletariat and peoples the world over by launching people's wars in their own countries and dealing armed blows on the imperialists and their reactionary collaborators. The advances and victories of other peoples of the world will undoubtedly inspire them to take a stand against the imperialists and wage revolution to achieve national and social liberation.

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