The New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) is a Socialist Political organisation striving to build an alternative mass political platform for the youth and the working people of India to end the present rotten Capitalist-Landlord system. As Internationalists our activity or outlook is not confined to artificial national boundaries created by the present ruling classes, but rests upon challenging capitalism globally and replacing it with a system based on democratic Socialism in the real sense of the term, where the organisation of production and running of the society is firmly in the hands of the working masses.
By no means are we are stuck to a rigid political ideology. Rather than a top down approach, our ideas and methods are guided by discussions that are conducted in a thoroughly democratic framework and actions that are based on consensus with members of the organisation in particular and taking into account the wealth of experiences from the various working peoples struggles that are being waged around the country and globally.
We are against all forms of violence, whether terrorism of the fundamentalist variety or the guerilla tactics of ‘Maoist’ variety. At the same time we are not pacifists. We believe any change in the existing order can only be brought about by the mass action of the working people and the other downtrodden and the oppressed sections of the society.
New Socialist Alternative has other sister organisations, located in over 45 countries and in all continents, that form the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), which share the same principles and are solidly grounded on the experiences of the day to day struggle of the youth and the working people in the respective countries.
For a Living Wage!
# Equal pay for equal work. No to the bosses’ flexibility and exit policy
# Guaranteed Work for All! Which must ensure a decent LIFE.
# Ceiling on the salaries of CEO’s and board members of Corporate companies. Open the books of the Profiteers!
# Confiscate the assets of companies which blackmail workers and jeopardise the future of the community, or which have a record of causing environmental pollution.
# Massive public spending increase on health, education, child care and housing. Slash the military spending!
# Free high quality education from pre-school to college and free quality health care service. End the monopoly of private health care and insurance
# Stop privatisation. Re-nationalise the public utilities and industries that have been privatised
# No to displacement of people from land and livelihoods in the name of ‘development’. No to SEZs – Special Exploitation Zones!
# Armed defence committees formed by Trade Unions, workers & people from all communities to protect minorities & vulnerable sections of the society!
# Invest in a cheap, accessible, integrated and environmentally friendly and publicly owned transport system
# For a voluntary union of all nationalities under a Socialist confederation of the sub continent of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives
Our Current CampaignsTamil Solidarity
Formerly Stop the Slaughter of Tamils (SST), was set up in response to the terrible slaughter of thousands of Tamil people and the siege in the Sri Lanka’s north-eastern coastal strip.
The first meeting of SST initiated by the New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, in early-March 2009, bringing together Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils, trade union organisers, journalists, Human Rights Defenders as well as Sinhala activists who totally oppose the brutal sectarian politics of the Rajapakse government. The Tamil Solidarity now is a international campaign active in many countries including India. Please Visit Tamil Solidarity for more details and active participation.
We are also part of initiatives and struggles ranging from plight of garment workers’ to the issues of communalism & casteism. Apart from our campaigns, we have a bi-monthly paper, published from Bangalore – Dudiyora Horaata (Workers’ Struggle) which also includes an English supplement by the name Socialism.in