The character of politics in India has undergone a major change during the last two decades. It has distanced itself from the needs and aspirations of the common masses and has, instead, focused its energies in implementing the dictates of the world economic bodies that nourish neo-liberalism and United States-controlled neo-imperialist establishments. This anti-constitutional and servile character of Indian politics has found its nourishment in communalism, casteism, parochialism, money-power, muscle-power and family lineage at the cost of constitutional values like socialism, democracy and secularism.
Neo-liberal economic policies which facilitate the capitalist-consumerist model of development are basically anti-poor and anti-development. The propagators of these policies tirelessly chant the mantra of faster growth rate. However, growth rate cannot be an indicator of true development. Even as the rate of growth of the GDP gathers momentum or faces a slow down, social and economic crises continue to multiply. The truth is that problems which bring misery to the general population – inflation, deprivation, malnutrition, diseases, unemployment, external dependence and volatility – are deepening with this apparent growth, even as the wealth of a select few reaches new heights. Large profits are made through speculative trading at stock exchanges and commodity futures markets. Also, the relentless consumption of natural resources creates a clear diversion from the requirements of the common people.
In such challenging circumstances, the achievements of certain Latin American countries in their stride towards socialism through the democratic mode and the wave of democracy sweeping over certain Arab countries, present a glimmer of hope. It has been amply illustrated by such developments that the strengthening of the democratic socialism alone offers opportunities towards a better future for the world. The Socialist Party believes that in order to achieve this goal, a new socialist movement needs to be created and mobilized with the support of like-minded, existing socialist parties.
The SPI advocates a decentralized, self-reliant economic system inspired by a Gandhian-socialist model of development.
The Socialist Party (India) has the following objectives:
The party opposes the western industrial model which is being forced upon the Indian people and aims to develop an agro-industrial model which will benefit the majority of the country’s population including its farmers and laborers.
The party has the objective of providing employment to every able person, so as to give everyone a dignified means of livelihood.
Educational reform is high on the party’s agenda, and it aims to make education, both basic and higher, free and open for all. The party opposes private, profit-making educational institutions.
The party believes that quality healthcare is the right of every Indian and that government spending on healthcare should increase manifold in order to ensure universal access.
The party believes that India must have a national wage policy.
The party is opposed to nuclear armaments and energy and it would pursue the policy of alternative energy development.
The party believes that rural communities should have sovereignty over the water, land and forest resources they are dependent on.
The party supports the right of the nomads of India to their traditional livelihood.
The party strives to establish a new political culture, oriented towards the needs of common people, with the help of election reforms by ending the influence of caste, communalism and money and muscle power on election outcomes.
Annihilation of caste system is a prominent objective of the party.
The party believes that comprehensive social security for those in the unorganized sector of the economy should be implemented urgently.
The party supports the call for a universal public distribution system to ensure national food security.
The party aims to mobilize public opinion for the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill.
The party supports the recommendations of the Rajinder Sachar Committee and is working towards ensuring equity and equality of opportunity to all minority communities in India..
The party supports well-meaning civil society agitations against corruption but believes that corruption can only be properly addressed by replacing neo-liberal policies and our current development model.