AUSTIN: Demonstration at Capitol Calls for Solidarity with India Protests

Photo: Protesters rally outside the Texas State Capitol against the reactionary Indian government’s recent anti-Muslim immigration laws

By Mike Talavera

On Sunday, a few hundred people gathered at the Texas State Capitol to support the protests throughout India against the recent anti-immigrant legislation targeting Muslims.

The Citizen Amendment Act (CAA), passed in Indian parliament on December 11, targets Muslim immigrants and refugees by excluding them from paths to citizenship. Combined with the proposed expansion of the National Citizenship Registry, which forces Muslims to prove their Indian ancestry or face deportation, the CAA represents the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) growing reliance on fascist policies to shore up its hold on power.

Protesters hold signs denouncing the Citizen Amendment Act and National Citizenship Registry, as well as “Hindutva,” a term used for the reactionary Hindu chauvinism of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

“Recently the Ram Janmabhoomi supreme court decision was also very troubling for a lot of people who are watching the Modi government very carefully,” said Nidhi Trehan with Friends of India, the organizers of the rally.

Settling a decades-long controversy over a piece of land in Uttar Pradesh between Muslims and Hindus in what is known as the Ayodhya dispute, the November 9 supreme court decision unanimously declared the site belonged to the Indian government and ordered that a trust be created to build a temple honoring the Hindu god Rama. The move is another example of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration’s growing dependence on religious fanaticism to cover for its service to US imperialism, economic failures, and to enforce the semifeudal caste system.

Incendiary supporters distributed printouts of our recent article on the CAA and our report on the massive rally in Houston earlier this year where US President Donald Trump welcomed the Indian Prime Minister. Signs at the protest made the connection between Modi’s fascist policies and Trump’s, with one reading “Fascists of a feather flock together.” This year, the US government ramped up its militarization of the US-Mexico border and its persecution of undocumented immigrants, from putting children in cages to outright killing them through negligence.

As a lackey of US imperialism, Modi’s relationship with Trump goes much deeper than their similarities in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies. Modi desperately clings to Hindu chauvinism to obscure his primary role as the highest manager of the exploitation of the Indian people all in service to imperialism, at this time principally US imperialism.

The rally on Sunday demonstrates that resistance to the Indian government’s reactionary policies extends across the globe. True international solidarity means transforming this anger against the fascist policies of the Modi administration into support for the People’s War in India and revolution in the US that attacks US imperialism, which drives oppression and exploitation worldwide.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) recently celebrated its 15th anniversary; it currently leads the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) in the People’s War to overthrow the old Indian state. Only through this struggle for New Democracy will the democratic rights of all people in India be ensured.