People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 39

September 26, 2004

CPC Delegation Interacts With Bengal CPI(M) Leaders


ON September 20, a 20-member delegation from the Communist Party of China (CPC) interacted with leaders of the West Bengal state committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kolkata. The delegation, led by Comrade Leng Rong, director of the research institute of the International Department of CPC Central Committee, has come to India to study the social and political developments in the country as part of a larger project of the CPC for further studies in Marxism. The delegation interacted with CPI(M) leaders to know in depth the Party’s understanding on different issues, the experience of the Left movement in India and the experience of the Left Front government of West Bengal.


In his welcome address, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya emphasised on the long standing relations between two great neighbours and the relations between the CPC and CPI(M) .He also outlined the basic features of the Left Front government and the successes it has achieved.


The interaction took place in the form of group discussions.


CPI(M) delegates in the group on “the history and the current situation of the Indian communist and socialist movements” were led by Anil Biswas. The discussion on the “experience and lessons drawn by the Left parties in the last ten years” was led by Biman Basu. Suryakanta Misra led the CPI(M) group in the discussion on “The Left parties’ role in Indian economic development and political activities, and the challenges to be addressed.” Shyamal Chakraborty led the group on the topic “the influence of Hindu culture and traditional philosophy on Indian society.” The discussion on “The current state of Indian economy and society and the prospect of development” was led by Nirupam Sen. Other senior leaders of the party also joined in the interaction.


The Chinese comrades took keen interest in knowing the details of the CPI(M)’s position on different aspects of India’s development. They in particular enquired about the programmes of rural development, land reforms, decentralisation in West Bengal.

The discussion was very frank and fruitful for both the parties. (INN)