"Bush Is War-Criminal No. 1 - Hang Him":
Delhi Witnesses Biggest Anti-War Mobilisation Till Date -
Thousands of CPI(ML) Activists Demand Immediate End to the War
New Delhi, 28 March 2003:
As the Anglo-American invaders run into tougher resistance inside Iraq,
global opposition to the war is also growing with every passing day. Delhi
today witnessed the biggest anti-war demonstration since the war broke out
on March 20 as thousands of CPI(ML) activists and supporters took out a
massive rally demanding an immediate end to the war and withdrawal of the
Anglo-American invaders from Iraq. The CPI(ML) also sponsored similar
demonstrations in other major centres like Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati and
In Delhi, the massive anti-war rally started from the Ramlila Maidan and
culminated in a protest meeting on the Parliament Street. The rallyists
carried hundreds of placards and huge banners and festoons that screamed
"Stop the War" and "Send Bush and Blair Packing from Iraq". "Bush is
War-Criminal No. 1 - Hang Him," read one placard. There were also some
placards denouncing the Bush and Blair pair as "butcher and liar". The
marchers condemned the slavish attitude of the Vajpayee government to the US
and accused the RSS-dominated BJP-led regime of betraying the country and
insulting the glorious anti-imperialist legacy of the Indian people.
Addressing the anti-war meeting near Parliament, CPI(ML) General Secretary
Dipankar Bhattacharya called for broadening and intensifying the anti-war
campaign in every corner of the country. He gave a call to "boycott all
American brands, picket all American establishments and challenge every
American instrument of domination".
Calling for an immediate end to the war and withdrawal of all foreign troops
from Iraq, Bhattacharya sought urgent intervention of the UN Security
Council and General Assembly to this effect. He also appealed to the
international community to declare Bush and Blair as war-criminals and try
them in accordance with the international law.
The CPI(ML) leader strongly condemned the Vajpayee government's slavish
attitude to the US imperialism. Making a scathing attack on the NDA
government's stand, he said "This RSS-dominated and BJP-led government has
betrayed the country and insulted the glorious anti-imperialist legacy of
the Indian people by refusing to oppose the war and take any international
initiative for immediate restoration of peace and withdrawal of the invading
Anglo-Ameican troops from Iraq".
The meeting was also addressed by veteran CPI(ML) leader from Bihar Ram
Naresh Ram and several other leaders including the party's UP State
Secretary Akhilendra Pratap Singh, agricultural labour leader Rameshwar
Prasad, trade union leader Swapan Mukherjee, women's leader Krishna
Adhikari, youth leader Lal Bahadur Singh, student leader Kavita Krishnan,
prominent anti-WTO campaigner SP Shukla, Communist leader from Punjab Tarsem
Jodha and noted journalist Sumit Chakraborty (Editor, Mainstream).
The meeting adopted a number of resolutions including one which
congratulated the brave people and forces of Iraq for putting up a heroic
resistance and expressed the unswerving solidarity of the Indian people with
their Iraqi counterpart in the struggle against US imperialism and in
defence of Iraq's independence and the inalienable right of the Iraqi people
to determine their own destiny.
Yet another resolution welcomed the growing international movement against
the US-led war of aggression as a most exciting and inspiring development of
the present era. The reslution had a special word of praise and support for
the anti-war forces in countries like the US, UK, Australia and other key
members of the US-led coalition adding that the voice of peace in these
countries meant a clear and welcome rejection of the ugly politics of
jingoism and racism.
On Monday, 31 March, nationwide protests will be held under the banner of
the Committee Against War on Iraq. On the same day, all Leftwing Central
Trade Unions will observe partial cessation of work as part of a "Stop Work
to Stop the War" campaign.
Resolutions Adopted at the Massive Anti-War Rally
by the CPI(ML) in New Delhi on 28 March 2003
1. This Rally articulates the Indian people’s voice of indignation against the completely unjust and illegal US-led imperialist war of aggression on Iraq which has already killed more than 300 Iraqi civilians including children and women and is causing an unprecedented humanitarian disaster in the name of freeing the people of Iraq. We call for an immediate end to the war and withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq. We seek urgent intervention of the UN Security Council and General Assembly to this effect and call upon the Government of India to take urgent measures in this direction. We also appeal to the international community to declare Bush and Blair as war-criminals and try them in accordance with the international law.
2. We congratulate the Iraqi forces and the Iraqi people for their brave resistance to the Anglo-American imperialist invaders. This heroic resistance and the Iraqi people’s sense of national pride and dignity provide a befitting reply to Anglo-American arrogance and hypocrisy. As fellow Asians and fighters against American imperialist domination, we express our fullest solidarity with the fighting people of Iraq and wish them victory in defending the freedom and sovereignty of Iraq and in upholding their inalienable democratic right to determine their own destiny.
3. We extend our full support to the growing international movement against the war. The massive global assertion of the forces of peace, freedom and democracy is a most exciting and inspiring development of our times. We particularly welcome the growing anti-war campaign right inside the US, UK and Australia and other member countries of the US-led coalition. The voice of peace in these countries marks also a powerful blow to the politics of jingoism and racism.
4. We strongly condemn the Vajpayee government’s slavish attitude to the US imperialism. This RSS-dominated and BJP-led government has betrayed the country and insulted the glorious anti-imperialist legacy of the Indian people by refusing to oppose the war and take any international initiative for immediate restoration of peace and withdrawal of the invading Anglo-Ameican troops from Iraq. This war not only has adverse economic implications for India, it also increases the danger of American intervention in the whole of South Asia. By refusing to condemn such a war the Vajpayee government has exposed its true anti-national and pro-imperialist colours.
5. We fervently appeal to all sections of the Indian people to stand by Iraq and rise in a powerful movement against the war. In particular, we appeal to all of you to boycott all American brands, picket all American establishments and oppose every American instrument of domination. We also resolve to intensify our efforts to oust the Vajpayee government and free India from the stranglehold of all unequal treaties and arrangements with the US, especially in the strategic sphere of national independence and security.