About Us

Introduction

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.

What we Stand and Fight For?
For a Living Wage!
# Living minimum wage, shorter working week without loss of pay and living wage pension.
# Equal pay for equal work. No to the bosses’ flexibility and exit policy
# Guaranteed Work for All! Which must ensure a decent LIFE.

Tax the Wealthy Not the Poor!

# Progressive tax system, based on direct taxes, increased corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthy and the rich
# 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.

Money For Jobs & Quality Public Services!

# No more cuts in public services, public sector jobs and subsidies for the poor
# 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 SEZs! Yes to Radical Land Reforms & Re-distribution!

# Break the grip of landlordism, radical and democratic land reforms, distribution of confiscated land from the rich landlords to the poor peasants
# No to displacement of people from land and livelihoods in the name of ‘development’. No to SEZs – Special Exploitation Zones!

Equal Rights for All!

# No discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, sexuality, religion, and language
# Armed defence committees formed by Trade Unions, workers & people from all communities to protect minorities & vulnerable sections of the society!

Environmental Sustainability!

# Fight global warming – Massive public investment in renewable energy and efficiency technologies to rapidly replace fossil fuels
# Invest in a cheap, accessible, integrated and environmentally friendly and publicly owned transport system

End Capitalist Exploitation!

# Public ownership of the commanding heights of the economy under the democratic control and management of the working people
# 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 Campaigns

Tamil 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.


Ban Endosulfan Campaign:
Initiated by the Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns– Bangalore (a forum of different activist, human rights and political groups which includes the New Socialist Alternative),as a solidarity to the Kerala campaigns, we have been part of this active campaign against Endosulfan-the killer pesticide that has affected over 9000 victims and killing more than 1000 in Kasargode – Kerala and Southern Karnataka over 25 years. After a sustained struggle and active solidarity campaigns, the campaign has had a limited success with Supreme Court has finally banning Endosulfan. However, the issue of existing stocks of this deadly pesticide plus re-rehabilitation of victims are the issues on which the campaign is still focusing on.

Repeal AFSPA campaign:
We has been involved in many solidarity campaigns in and around Bangalore for many years on the 12 years of fasting being undertaken by Irom Chanu Sharmila, a Manipuri poet & activist, highlighting the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) & the simmering nationality question in India.

Anti-POSCO Campaign:
Since 2009, we have been active campaigners against the South Korean Steel giant – POSCO, setting up steel plant in Dhinkia & Gobindpur in Orissa, with implication of environmental destruction, displacement & loss of livelihood of over 30,000 people in the area.

Anti-Nuclear Campaigns:
‘From Koodankulam to Jaitapur’, we are in solidarity support with movements against Nuclear energy and weaponisation.

Campaign to Reclaim Democracy (CRD):
Apart from the above issue based campaigns, we have also started a broader initiative called Campaign to Reclaim Democracy to popularise the idea of what democracy should actually stand for and reclaim real ‘politics’ i.e., politics of bread & butter and not the politics of politicians.

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


Who Funds us?

There are no rich backers or “invisible” funders to our struggle, we solely depend for all our activities from donations and financial contributions primarily from our members, supporters and sympathisers. We welcome every RUPEE that comes from our class of the ordinary struggling masses.

Join Us!

And above all, for a successful struggle against capitalism, requires ideas, a political programme and an organisation that is able to unite the youth, workers and oppressed people across India. The New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) aims to facilitate and build such a Mass Political Alternative of the working people and youth. This task needs people like you to join us in this struggle for Democratic Socialism.

Contact Us

For more information on our past campaigns and our stance on a variety of issues, please visit our website: Contact Us page or follow us on Facebook: New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India). For information on the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) and our analysis on international issues, please visit: socialistworld.net. Write to us at newsocialist.in@gmail.com

3 comments
debopam
debopam

Above issues are worth of struggle

best wishes

adi
adi

you are people are not suited for india and its unity...DAMN u and ur sponsors.

Tony Staples
Tony Staples

An excellent site, keep up the excellent work comrades, solidarity from a comrade in England.

Tony S.