Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Editorial, "FOR ACHIEVING THE MARTYRS' IDEALS" in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 15-31 March 2014, Martyrs Memorial Special issue, Vol. 10: Part 1, Nos. 5-6


Let us dedicate ourselves to the struggle to create a new world – for a novel human society free from ‘exploitation of man by man’, based on cooperation and mutual aid instead of being riven by strifes and base selfish interests, for which innumerable martyrs of our freedom struggle, as also of democratic and progressive movements and national liberation struggles all over the world fought unto their last. Bhagat Singh’s last letter delineating a revolutionary programme, published in this issue, makes it amply clear that the Shaheed-e-Azam and his comrades unequivocally supported and propagated the ideal of scientific socialism. May be the actual efforts and experiments made to establish socialism in the world, with Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin taking the lead and founding of the first Soviet Socialist Republic of the world, the later activities of socialist construction, the indefatigable spirit and enormous sacrifices of the Soviet people defending democracy in the world and vanquishing the dreaded fascist menace, and the several later socialist, democratic revolutions in East European countries, China, Cuba, Vietnam, etc. and the liberation of the world from the curse of colonialism,  with one-third of humanity coming under the protective wings of a socialist camp, etc. had also their negative factors and deleterious consequences leading to the downfall of the very State Socialisms at one time so admired by the oppressed people around the world. Now we find a free market economy again taking over all such countries in various degrees and a capitalist globalization spree led by the US and other developed countries once more generating an atmosphere of extreme alienation and misery among the peoples – that in an era where the productive possibilites of advanced technologies now can easily carry all humans to a state of abundance that can satisfyof at least all the basic needs but only for the prevalent exploitative and constrictive socio-economic systems based on greed and egoism. And we find the world economic system again facing a deeper crisis, but can also see several thinking, empathetic persons, even in developed countries, desiring a new socio-economic system for societal welfare and collective happiness as, for example, the Zeitgeist movement shows. This cooperative and zealous endeavor to achieve the ideals of social harmony, welfare and a right development for the happiness of the entire human family – by whatever name the desired ideals be called – is the struggle to which all right thinking and socailly conscious individuals should subscribe to and fight for.  §§§

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