People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 28, 2006
won a massive popular mandate in the elections, the Bengal Left Front government
appears determined to progress along the path of struggle and development.
The aspersions of the corporate world have been patently ignored, and the
Bengal Left Front leadership in the government has already started to look to a
future where people’s priorities would reflect the people’s mandate.
great debate being raised by the corporate world, especially by the corporate
media, on industrialisation versus Marxism, has been well responded to by the
CPI(M). Biman Basu, secretary of
the Bengal unit of the CPI(M), has pointed out that the drive towards
accelerated industrialisation was never even contemplated without the
prerogative of struggle.
process of industrialisation, Biman Basu has pointed out time and again, looked
always at the people, especially at the poor and the downtrodden, and without
exception. Industrialisation will
never be continued with at the cost of struggle and development of the people per
recently at Haldia in Midnapore east, Biman Basu was clear to point out that
another point the corporate world raised (and the point being punctiliously
lapped by the Bengal Opposition) concerned the concept of socialism in practice. It is said that there is a contradiction between the Bengal
CPI(M) standing opposed to capitalism and then going ahead to invite
is also said and quite thoughtlessly that the CPI(M) and the Left Front is
‘well on the way to establishing socialism in Bengal.’
What these self-styled pundits and anti-Communist propagandists do not
understand is the perceived fact that a socialist state cannot be set up in a
province within the larger capitalistic frame.
What the CPI(M) and the Left Front have doing has been to keep intact the
flowing stream of development within the capitalist state structure.
his addresses at the various meetings held across Bengal in remembrance of the
late Comrade Anil Biswas, Biman Basu always makes it a point to draw attention
of the vast assemblages to the continuing process of strengthening the
political-ideological base of the CPI(M), something in which Comrade Anil Biswas
evinced deep interest.
democracy and democratic centralism must be equally emphasised upon, said Biman
Basu, as means of strengthening the Party organisation. Every Party member must
realise that democratic centralism could be successfully developed if
inner-Party democracy could be rigorously maintained.
Basu has also emphasised the importance of Party education during the various
post-election rallies he has addressed. No
one could be expected to become a Marxist and practising communist as soon as
he/she becomes a Party member. To
do that, one must attend regularly Party education classes.
One is also expected to self-study widely the different aspects of
political education with which a communist must be familiar.
Above all, a Party member must take part in struggles and movements.
of the CPI(M) and widening of the mass base would work to the advantage of the
fulminating mass and class struggle that Bengal would continue to witness in the
days to come.