Working class will bring the real revolution and change
Pakistan is once again in the grip of another political crisis. In last few days the political instability and chaos has increased. The media is full with the discussions on the future of the present government of Nawaz Sharif. Even democracy is also under question. The situation has become tense, volatile and anarchic. The infighting in the ruling classes has put the whole civilian dispensation under question. The working class, trade union movement and the socialists can not watch these events as mere spectators.
The undemocratic and reactionary right wing forces wanted to implement their reactionary agenda through this agitation. The democracy and civilian rule is in danger. This is a capitalist democracy and its dominated by the capitalist and feudal lords and its not ideal democratic system for the working masses. But this fact does not give justification to the undemocratic forces to invite the military to overthrow it.
The working class and poor in this country has fought courageously and give sacrifices for their democratic, trade union and political rights. As the history shows that successive military regimes had attacked the democratic and trade union rights of the working masses. These reactionary forces wanted to impose another martial law in the country. The democratic rights seems again under threat.The workers movement, socialists, left parties and peasantry needs to rise and launch revolutionary struggle to bring the social change and to abolish the existing rotten and repressive system.
PML-N and its allies are ruling faction which came to power in last general elections on 11th May 2013. They consider themselves as the democratically elected legitimate rulers of this country. On the other hand Imran Khan led PTI and its allies consider the last general elections as being rigged as they claim that they were actually winning.
Suddenly after one year, PTI started to demand the reelection and launched protest movement. This is clearly a power struggle between two rival factions of the ruling class. The battle offers nothing to the working class and the poor. PTI represent the two heights of society. On the one hand it enjoys the support of the rich and upper middle class urban elite in the most posh areas of the big cities and on the other hand it enjoys the support of the most conservative and extremely right wing religious layers of the rural population in KPK province.
Overwhelming majority of the leaders of the PTI are big feudal lords, businessmen and industrialists. All the main leadership of big capitalist and feudal parties of the country including PML-N, PPP and PTI belongs to the same capitalist and feudal elite. Nearly 200 families are dominating the parliamentary politics in Pakistan. Another 800 families play the role of the junior partners to maintain their dominance in their respective areas. PTI now the second most favorite party of these 1000 powerful families in Punjab and KPK province where PML-N is still the most favorite. PPP is the third most favorite in two provinces but still the no 1 choice in Sindh province.
Pakistan is going to witness two marches on Independence Day, 14th August. The Imran Khan led PTI has announced to organize freedom march from Lahore to Islamabad to bring down the PML-N government to force the new election. Imran Khan has announced to mobilize one million people. The second march has been announced by the Canadian based religious leader Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri to bring green revolution in the country and to establish a true democratic order under his leadership. Both Imran Khan and Qadri are claiming that they both fighting for the rights of people and will bring real change in the country. Imran Khan wanted to make a new Pakistan under his leadership and Qadri wanted to overthrow the government with a revolutionary march.
Both marches represent nothing for working class and the poor. Both marches are not going to bring any fundamental change for the working masses. Both leaders and their respective parties are known allies of the establishment and thus true defenders of the status quo. Both are part of the ruling elite and represent its interests. Both parties and its allies pursue right wing ideology and agenda.
Pakistan is among the very few countries in the world where the word revolution has lost its true meaning and understanding. The word revolution has been discredited to its core. This word has been so widely misused by the feudal and capitalist elite that it has lost its significance. Most of the corrupt and rotten politicians and religious leaders wanted to bring the so-called revolution in this country for the poor and downtrodden masses.
Every major political leader is a self styled and self claimed revolutionary leader and agent of change. The matter of fact is that these same leaders have created the conditions in which the working class and the poor is suffering and living a miserable life. These so called revolutionary leaders are part of problem not the solution. All these leaders will be the target of a genuine revolutionary movement of the working class and poor because of their reactionary anti working class role and class position.
There is no doubt that working class and poor in this country needs to bring the revolution against the rotten and corrupt capitalist and feudal system. There is no doubt that both capitalist democracy and military dictatorships have failed to solve the problems faced by the working masses. The working class needs social change and workers democracy to enjoy the social, economic and political freedom and rights. Without the socialist transformation of the society and the formation of the democratically elected workers government, working class and poor in this country can not be freed from the exploitation, repression and injustice of this cruel and unjust system.
The life has become almost unbearable for the working class and the poor. Neo liberal economic onslaught since 1990s had made poor poorer and rich richer. The gap between rich and poor has increased to unprecedented levels. The present right wing government of Nawaz Sharif is viciously implementing the neoliberal free market economic policies in the country and as the result the working masses are continued to suffer and live miserable lives. As the result of these policies the poverty, unemployment, inflation and hunger has increased.
The health care, education, transport, housing and other services have become very expensive and gone out of the reach of working masses. The energy crisis has crossed all the limits and badly affecting the every day life. The government is claiming that it has improved the economic indicators and economy has started to grow after almost 7 years. But social indicators are still showing the poor state of affairs.
This improvement in the economy has not yet touched the lives of working class and the poor. Like in the previous years of economic growth, this will never reach to the working masses. The economy has structured in a way by the ruling classes that they always ripe the fruits of this growth. This growth never trickles down to the working masses. Both Imran Khan and Qadri have no alternative economic program and agenda. They have not explained that how they will bring the promised change and revolution.
The change will not come with vague and demagogic slogans and Utopian thoughts. The radical change and genuine revolution against this rotten system will come with the clear socialist radical program and a mass revolutionary movement of the working class under its own revolutionary leadership. Socialism is the way forward. Nationalization of the commanding heights of the economy under the democratic control of the workers and socialist planned economy will end the exploitation, repression and social and economic injustice and inequality.
The workers and peasants government under the democratic control of the working class will started to build the socialist transformation of the society and bring an end to all means of exploitation, repression and discrimination. This will also get rid of the religious extremism, militancy and violence and will bring peace in the society.