People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 10, 2005
7th J&K State Conference Of The CPI(M)
seventh J&K state conference of the CPI(M) held at Jammu on March 25-26,
2005 commenced with an open session, attended by a large gathering from
different walks of life, including intellectuals, social workers and political
activists of CPI(M) and other Left parties. The huge hall at the Jammu club was
packed to capacity and there were many who could not find space inside. The
session was presided over by veteran CPI(M) leader, Bishan Das.
his inaugural speech, Professor Ram Nath Shastri, the celebrated literary figure
of the state and chairman of the reception committee, greeted the audience with
an emotional appeal invoking the great sacrifices of prominent figures of Jammu,
including Baba Jatoo, Comrade Dhanwantri and others.
Stressing the imperative of unity of all working people of the diverse
regions, he said, it alone could guarantee the unity of the state.
the conference, CPI(M) central committee member and deputy leader of the party
in the Lok Sabha, Mohammad Salim said the Congress-led coalition government at
the centre and the Congress-PDP government in J&K, both running with a
Common Minimum Programme, provided an opportunity to provide relief for the
working people – an opportunity which needed to be grabbed by both hands by
regards the state, he said the CPI(M), both in parliament and outside, has been
laying emphasis on the political solution of the state’s problems and
demanding restoration of maximum
autonomy to it. Criticising the economic policies pursued by the BJP and the
Congress, which were proving harmful for the common man, he stressed that these
policies could be fought only through the united actions of the working people,
for which the CPI(M) has been striving hard consistently.
state secretary, M Y Tarigami in his speech underscored that power had never
been the goal of the CPI(M) which always laid more emphasis on struggles in the
interests of the common man. The aim of the Party is to bring about a shift in
the correlation of forces in favour of the working people. He congratulated the
people of Jammu who had maintained unity all along despite provocations by the
divisive forces. He recalled the human sufferings in the state, particularly
during the last 16 years of violence, and deplored the insensitivity of the
centre towards this.
welcomed the opening of the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad
road as a major confidence-building measure and referred to the demand of the
people of the Jammu region for opening of the Jammu-Sialkot road. This, he
explained, reflected the urge of the entire state for strengthening the bonds of
friendship between the two parts of the divided state and outright rejection of
the divisive forces, who came out with harmful slogans of trifurcation of the
open session was also addressed by O N Trisal, M Khalil Naik (MLA), G N Malik, K
K Bakhshi and others. Sham Prasad Kesar chaired the session.
delegate session commenced with the hoisting of Red flag by veteran trade union
leader, K K Bakhshi. In the backdrop of a huge banner bearing the name of
veteran CPI(M) leader Ghulam Mohi-Uddin of Ramgarh, Kulgam who had attained
martyrdom during the violence in the state, Party state secretary Tarigami
declared the session open. A total of 168 elected delegates participated in the
conference elected a presidium comprising of O N Trisal, Sham Prasad Kesar and
Mohammad Yaqoob. A credential committee consisting of Ramesh Kumar Bhat, Kishore
Kumar and Abdul Gani Hafiz was also
proceedings began with two condolence resolutions, first in memory of Party
comrades, Mohammad Afzal Bhat, Mohammad Ibrahim Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Ganai, Abdul
Rehman Dar, Ghulam Hassan Ruswa, Tahira Akhtar (daughter of Jalaluddin Bhat),
Mithi Jan (daughter of Abdul Khaliq Shah), Nazir Ahmad Rather, Sabzar Ahmad Shah
and Riyaz Ahmad Shah. And the second condolence resolution was in memory of
innocent people who fell to the bullets of militants during the last three
years. One minute’s silence, for each, was observed while passing the
Salim, in his inaugural address, laid stress on the inculcation of a sense of
dedication and sacrifice among the cadres and equipping them for waging
struggles for the common man and for maintaining the unity of the Party. He
explained the role of the CPI(M) in the formation of a secular government at the
centre and in the adoption of a Common Minimum Programme for that government. He
also recounted how the Party was putting pressure on the government to ensure
implementation of the pro-people measures in the CMP.
placed the Draft Political Report in the conference, which covered the entire
political and economic situation in the state, besides the national and
report took note of the growing imperialist aggressive moves, mainly by the US,
which resulted in the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. At home, it noted the
triumph of secular forces in the last Lok Sabha elections, arousing hopes among
the people of the state.
the situation in the state, the report noted that the non-resolution of the
Kashmir problem was making the state a breeding ground for extremism, which
weakened the democratic struggles and created conditions for imperialist
intervention. The delay in effecting a political solution had complicated the
matters further, much so after the acquisition of nuclear weapons by both India
and Pakistan, it stated. The report underlined that prompt resolution of Kashmir
issue would be an effective counter-measure to terrorism in the state. And,
noted that this solution can evolve only out of a process of peace and dialogue.
However, it cautioned against the division of the state in any form whatsoever
and rejected military solution.
report hailed the ongoing Indo-Pak peace process and the confidence-building
measures taken so far. It suggested acceptance and implementation of the
legislative assembly resolution of 2000 on state autonomy and its devolution to
the three regions, opening more communication links between the two parts of the
state, while hailing the opening of Srinagar-Muzzafarabad road.
report advocated a decentralised system of governance, which ensured empowerment
of people at the grassroots level by devolution of financial resources and also
political power from the state level to the regional, the district, the block
and panchayat levels. It suggested constitution of a finance commission to lay
down criteria for equitable distribution of resources on an objective basis.
report hailed the political change in the state effected through the ballots in
2002. The formation of a new state government aroused hopes among the people.
The report explained the independent tactical line adopted by the Party while
supporting the coalition regime on the basis of the CMP.
supporting some of the measures taken by the coalition regime, the Party opposed
its anti-worker policies, notably the use of force against workers engaged in
the construction of Baglihar power project and the railway line at Banihal. It
deplored the government’s failure in taking urgent steps to provide relief and
rehabilitation to the people affected by unprecedented snowfall. The government
was criticised for its corruption, lack of transparency and accountability.
report deplored the state government for faithfully carrying out the World Bank-IMF-WTO
prescribed economic policies, which had resulted in pauperisation of the working
people of the state. It expressed anger and grief over the falling agricultural
yields, decay of fruit industry, especially the world famous Kashmiri apple,
almond, walnut and Ladakhi Khobani, as a result of these harmful policies.
report expressed serious concern over the alarming unemployment situation in the
violence-hit state, which was being compounded by casualisation,
contractualisation and downsizing policies of the government. It deplored the
privatisation and commercialisation of education which threw bulk of children
into illiteracy. It also expressed apprehension over
the grave risk to the health of common man due to non-availability of
medicines in government hospitals and the flooding of spurious drugs in the
report regretted that human rights were being violated by both the militants as
well as security forces and criticised the ineffectiveness of the state human
rights commission to provide relief. It pleaded for preserving the rights and
privileges in favour of permanent residents of the state but at the same time
suggested providing justice and equality to women who had been discriminated
report stated that the Indus Water Treaty adversely affected the power
generation, irrigation and industrialisation of the state. It pleaded for
granting of powers to the state to fully utilise the waters flowing through its
rivers or provide an equitable alternative to the state.
report laid down 21 tasks for the party in the coming days.
discussion, the report was unanimously adopted by the conference.
It also adopted 13 resolutions – on human rights, unemployment,
agriculture, hydro electric project, democratic trade union rights, migrants
from valley, border migrants, erratic power supply, women, civic bodies/panchayat,
rehabilitation of snow victims and the state/central PSUs.
the end, the conference elected a new state committee consisting of 16 members,
out of which four were reserved for co-option at a later date. The 12 elected
Khalil Naik (MLA)
Y Tarigami was re-elected as the state secretary of the CPI(M).
The conference also elected 5 delegates and one observer for the 18th
Party congress to be held in New Delhi.
conference concluded with a motion of thanks by newly elected state secretary
and distribution of trophies to the volunteers who helped in the conduct of the
conference in a wholesome manner.