Press Communique - Unite To Face RSS-BJP Offensive: CPI
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India has issued the following press communiqué today (August 26, 2020) on the decisions of the virtual (Zoom) meeting of the Party’s National Executive held yesterday (August 25, 2020):
Communist Party of India general secretary D. Raja began the virtual meet (Zoom meeting) of the National Executive of the Party on August 25, 2020 introducing the agenda which included the review of the present political situation in the country, ensuing Bihar elections and measures to strengthen the party organisation. Raja spoke in detail on the present political situation.
The National Executive meeting took note of the fact that the RSS-BJP offensive is on the rise. As the rightist attack is on all sectors of our economy and on all aspects of life, the National Executive has decided to mobilise all sections of people to face and defeat the virulent offensive of the Sangh Parivar and its political outfit BJP. The Party also decided to appeal to all secular, democratic and progressive parties and forces to wage united and independent struggles to save our Constitution, democratic polity, secular values and India as a country.
Oppose New Education Policy 2020 (NEP 20)
The blatant attempt of the poisonous onslaught is well reflected in the New Education Policy (NEP 20) of the RSS-led BJP government. All-out attempts are made to communalise and commercialise education so that young minds, the minds of the future citizens, are corrupted and poisoned from the very school days. The removal of certain subjects and portions from the CBEC syllabi and examinations as well as rewriting of text books are part and parcel of the agenda of the Sangh Parivar to convert India into a Hindu Rashtra.
Similarly, even as the economy is fast crumbling with no signs of a revival, the need of the hour is to boost demand by putting money into the hands of the people. The Reserve Bank of India has also admitted to the fact that the shrinking economy will not get revived soon. The Modi government, instead of trying to revive the economy by raising the purchasing power of the masses by generating jobs is only keen on extending concessions and tax reliefs to the corporate houses and foreign investors.
Also, in order to divert the attention of the people from the real issues facing them, the government tries to hide its failures and policy bankruptcy, in the name of fighting COVID-19. It is also using the COVID lockdowns and related restrictions to implement its agenda to pursue its neo-liberal economic policies, particularly privatising all strategic and non-strategic public sector undertakings. When the entire country is trying its best to defeat the Corona-virus spread united as a country, the Modi government converted the crisis-hit situation into an opportunity to lay officially the foundation stone of the temple at Ayodhya violating the basic principles of the Constitution.
Attack on Democracy
While taking note of all those developments, the National Executive has underlined the need for united efforts by all left, secular, democratic and other progressive forces to unleash struggles against RSS-BJP government at the Centre and states. The Modi government is also making blatant misuse of constitutional bodies and undermining the Parliament which is the supreme institution in our democracy to achieve its nefarious ends. Access given to Delhi Police to the voter records of Delhi’s riot-hit areas by the Election Commission is an eye-opener to the extent the Sangh Parivar and its affiliates can go to polarise the people and cling on to power. Suppression of expression of views along with difference and dissent as seen in the case of activist lawyer Prasanth Bhushan only reflects the fascist authoritarianism that are being sanctified.
Keeping all those in mind, the National Executive makes a fervent appeal to all non-BJP secular parties to show its united strength to defeat RSS-BJP offensive. The Party wants the ensuing Bihar elections to be turned into a united fight against the BJP and its allies.
The meeting discussed in detail the political situation in Bihar and possibility of defeating BJP-JD (U) combine. The meeting took a unanimous view that the state urgently needs a change of government, as the people are totally upset over the performance of Nitish government.
The meeting came to the conclusion that only a united opposition can defeat the BJP-JD (U) combine. Therefore, the meeting appealed to all non-BJP-JD (U) parties to stand together and fight the elections together.
While expressing its concern at the continuing India-China Stand-Off, the National Executive urged both the countries to intensify the negotiations at the highest level to restore the status quo at the borders and end the stand-off.
Resolution on Demanding Scrapping of DNA Technology
(Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2019
The National Executive of the Communist Party of India that met on virtual platform on August 25, 2020 expresses deep concern over the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2019 and calls upon the government to drop it. The bill was introduced in the Parliament on July 8, 2019 and referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on October 17, 2019.
Under the bill DNA testing is allowed for establishment of individual identities. It proposes DNA profiling of Indian citizens accused of crime or reported missing. Consenting provisions can be overridden by a magistrate’s order thereby making the consent perfunctory. The bill permits retention of DNA profiles obtained in the crime scenes to perpetuity. The bill is very ambiguous about the entry, retention and removal of DNA profiles. There is utter disregard to privacy and safeguard of an individual. Penalty for disclosure of DNA information and unauthorised use of DNA samples is not stringent. The draft bill states that no legal proceedings can be initiated against the Union government or any member of the board of the DNA National Data Bank for any action that is done in “good faith”. What is good faith is not known.
These are fatal flaws of the bill. The bill, if enacted may prove to be dangerous. It can be misused for caste and community based profiling. DNA profiles can reveal extremely sensitive and intimate genetic information. The law will be a shot in the arm of BJP to perpetrate its casteist and communal agenda.
India has already been using DNA profiling in criminal investigations but do not store DNA information in the national data base. Even in countries where such data bases are stored concerns are raised about possible misuse.
The National Executive reiterates its strong protest against the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2019 and urges the government to desist from making it a law.