Leader of War Mongers Looters and Exploiter of World People, US President Obama Go Back!
JoinDemonstration at Jantar Mantar at 2 PM on 8 November, 2010
At a time when US imperialism has escalated the war against Afghanistan and is even extending this war by assaults by NATO forces led by it against northern districts of Pakistan, leader of warmongers, looters and exploiters of the world people, President of USA, Barack Obama, is visiting India from 6th Nov. 2010.
Since Obama came to power, US forces have increased their numbers several times over in Afghanistan. There are innumerable proven instances of deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by these forces in the name of “targeted” attacks on “enemy”. In essence, US imperialism under Obama administration is continuing the Bush era attempt of a permanent base in Afghanistan from where it will interfere in central Asia. India should be in the forefront of opposing the US move. Let us use the opportunity of Obama’s visit to strongly demand that US and NATO forces immediately withdrawn from Afghanistan.
It was 2001 that US imperialism under Bush had launched its current war, which the world people were told was against ‘terrorism’. War was launched first against Afghanistan and later against Iraq. In reality wars were launched to further the quest of US imperialism for hegemony over the world’s oil resources and also to establish military dominance over the world.
In essence, the Obama administration is continuing the aims of Bush era but it has only changed rhetoric. US under Obama has made a mockery of his promises of withdrawal of forces from Iraq, keeping a huge army stationed there in the name of ‘aid’ to local troops. While Afghanistan is the main theatre of war, US continues a sharply aggressive stance on West Asia and Central Asia. On Palestine, Obama has no policy different from the earlier one and continues backing Israel against the just fight of the Palestinian people.
The current world economic crisis began in US and the US economy continues to be in the grip of severe unemployment. One of the chief ends of the Obama visit is to push further opening of the markets of our country. He is expected to give a massive push for opening of the retail sector to Us MNCs like Wal-Mart, which will directly affect the livelihood of a large section of our people, and which step the Indian people have resisted all along.
All this even as Obama administration seeks to protect US markets back home. Obama is championing opposition to outsourcing by US companies; those companies which outsource are to face stiffer taxes. It is also no secret that Obama is going to use the occasion of his visit to push for fresh defence deals with US, aiding the powerful weapon industry. He will also push for the changes in nuclear liability act in accordance with the demands of US companies who label it ‘anti supplier’. Let us not forget that Obama administration, like previous US govts. has refused to reconsider the issue of extradition of Warren Anderson, guilty of Bhopal Gas Tragedy, for trial in India.
Obama is coming at a time when ruling classes of India have hitched themselves firmly to the chariot wheel of US imperialism. They aspire to the junior hegemons under US in Central Asia. Ruling classes of India are committed to bowing to the diktats of US imperialism in the economic spaces too. As it is the people of India who are reeling under the pro-imperialist policies of India’s ruling classes especially the new economic policies being implemented since 1991.
The result is visible in the severe price rise which is burdening the common people including the working class. Severe agricultural crisis has gripped the country. Land acquisition by the state for cooperates; MNCs and SEZs have devastated vast sections of the peasantry and tribal people. Privatization and liberalization are putting health and education further out of reach of common masses. People all over country are resisting these policies in various ways. The furtherance of pro-imperialist policies, which is what the Obama visit will signify, will increase the burden on the common people.
On the occasion of President Obama’s visit to India, let us unitedly demand:
Ø US imperialism, Get out of Afghanistan.
Ø Send back Warren Anderson to face trial in India
Joint Demonstration by:
Democratic Students Union(DSU)
Campaign for Peace & Democracy (Manipur)
Indian Council of Trade Unions(ICTU)
Indian Federation of Trade Unions(IFTU)
Inqlabi Majdoor Kendra
Krantikari Yuva Sangathan
Mool Pravah Akhil Bharatiya Nepali Ekata Samaj
Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan
Progressive Democratic Students Union(PDSU)
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)
Trade Union Centre of India
Bahujan Vam Manch
CPI(M-L) New Democracy
CPI(M-L) New Proletariat