People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 13, 2006
118th birth anniversary of Comrade Muzaffar Ahmad, known to all as Kakababu
(revered uncle), was observed in Bengal with a pledge that the Communist
pioneer’s dream of establishing a classless society would be relentlessly
worked towards, and fulfilled. The
central programme as usual was held at the capacious Mahajati Sadan auditorium
in downtown Kolkata during the evening of August 5, 2006.
Central committee member of the CPI(M) Benoy Konar presided.
the garlanding by the senior leaders of the Bengal CPI(M) of Comrade Kakababu’s phtograph placed on the dais, veteran Communist leader
Samar Mukherjee announced that the Muzaffar Ahmad Award for English this year
would go to Professor Irfan Habib for his Indian
Economy 1858-1914 in the People’s
History of India series.
Roy received the award for his Bengali book Banglar
Kol-karkhana O’ Karigori Bidyar Itihas (a history of factories and
production units, and of technology in Bengal). Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee introduced both the books in brief.
his address to the packed gathering (even the area surrounding was filled with
people eager to listen to the Bengal CPI(M) leadership in this day), Polit
Bureau member of the CPI(M) Jyoti Basu, once again in a mood of deep
reminiscences of his younger days as a student activist in England, recalled his
association with Comrade Muzaffar.
Communist pioneer,’ recalled Jyoti Basu, ‘was not then known personally to
me and yet, the instructions he would send me and other Indian students of the
Communist persuasion studying in England proved of great use.’ What were the instructions?
Comrade Muzaffar would ask the Indian Communists not to come to the fore
while mingling with the British Communists but to set up various democratic fora
and act as backroom boys to the Communist activities there.
Basu then narrated the period of time in India when as members of the then
united CPI, he would work with Comrade Kakababu
and said how the leader would emphasise Party education, a deep contact with the
masses, and introduce the Communist party to the people.
‘I learnt very many a thing from him,’ was Jyoti Basu’s simple
briefly, what he called the ‘immensity of the complex national situation now
where we have to support the Congress-led UPA government to keep the communal
BJP away from office,’ Jyoti Basu declared that the crucial document here was
the Common Minimum Programme.
CPI(M) and the Left must struggle against the UPA governance whenever and
wherever the union government would choose to either ignore the CMP or go
against its spirit, or do both. The
anti-people stand must be vigorously protested, and all attempts at slackening
of the political will of the government of India to maintain an independent
foreign policy, leaning more and more towards the US must be strenuously opposed
through struggles and movements all over the country.
briefly on the successes of the pro-people Left Front government in Bengal,
Jyoti Basu said that the best tribute the Party could pay to the memory of the
departed Communist pioneer was through widening the mass base of the Party
further across India, and strengthening the mass organisations, striving for the
ultimate tasks ahead.
Muzaffar Ahmad, said the state secretary of the Bengal unit of the CPI(M) Biman
Basu, studied Marxism-Leninism and made the tenets a guideline and a lodestar.
Comrade Muzaffar was deeply involved in the class and mass struggle, and
was an uncompromising soldier of anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism.
He taught the succeeding generations of Communists that Marxism-Leninism
was to be studied and learnt through practice with widening contact among the
toiling masses in particular.
the ruthless killings indulged in by the US and Israel in such places as
Palestine and Lebanon, and expressing anger at the Qana massacre, Biman Basu
said that unless the UPA government was willing to decrease its dependence on
the US and firm away from a foreign policy that played the country into the US
worldview, this large and populous nation’s economic and political sovereignty
would be put on the line.
must be launched and continued with to force the UPA government to change its
anti-people ways. Lack of protest will weaken the anti-imperialist struggle and
signing of such instruments as the nuclear agreement with the US would serve to
weaken India’s independent position in terms of free will.
A non-aligned movement may not be a full viability now but that would
hardly detract from the need for the UPA government to go in for an independent
Basu concluded with call for augmentation of the Party, further enhancement of
mass contact, deepening of Party education, forging an ever strong mazdoor-kisan unity, and strengthening of the mass organisations for
the task ahead. The CPI(M) leader
also narrated briefly the ten point programme that comprised the nationwide
August campaign-movement of the CPI(M).
his address, senior CPI(M) leader Benoy Konar explained the task of Communists,
sharply criticised the attack from the right and far Left that the CPI(M), the
Left Front, and the Left Front government had had to face of late, and called
for the relentless absorption of the precepts of Marxism-Leninism into the daily
struggles of the Communists.
Konar also compared Comrade Muzaffar Ahmad’s image as a Communist to a mirror
on which one’s own reflection as a Communist was to be seen and appropriate
corrective measures initiated whenever found necessary. (B