People's Democracy

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


No. 02

January 14, 2007

Unite To Fight And Defeat All Moves To Stop 

The Industrialisation Of West Bengal


The following is the text of the resolution adopted by the AIKC meeting held in Kolkata


THE Kolkata session of All India Kisan Council held on January 5-6, 2007 strongly condemns the series of violent attacks unleashed by the TMC-led combination of opportunists of all shades in different parts of West Bengal – from the assembly to remote villages of Nandigram – in order to oppose the acquisition of agricultural land for industrial purposes. The police force has been attacked, and a reign of anarchy is sought to be established in some areas. The agitations are led by the opportunist combine of TMC, BJP, Jamaiat-E-Ulema-e-Hind, Naxalites, Maoists, SUCI, and some self-styled “left” and environmentalists, most of them mobilised from outside the state. The office of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation at Kolkata has been attacked by a group of hooligans. All these are being done to confuse and mislead the people by spreading misinformation and blatant lies. The opposition has refused to respond positively to the repeated appeals made by the chief minister for across-the-table discussions and the great restraint shown by the police. The sole purpose of these irresponsible and shameless activities, whether in Singur in Hooghly disrict, or Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district, or Nandigram in East Medinipur is to confuse the people.


The AIKC wants the state government to forge ahead on the path of industrialisation based on the success of land reforms and impressive agricultural growth. The AIKC calls upon all its units, members, sympathisers and all sections of secular, democratic and patriotic forces of the country to expose the real face of this reactionary combine, the adherents of anti-people policies of liberalisation, privatisation and imperialist globalisation. These are the forces which consistently opposed every effort towards industrialisation and land reforms in West Bengal in the past. The neo-liberal policies pursued by them in the country from the 1990s had led to de-industrialisation and unprecedented crisis in agriculture leading to the suicides of over 2 lakh farmers and the deaths due to starvation of tens of thousands of people.


It is a matter of no surprise that all varieties of sectarians and pseudo-Left forces have joined this bandwagon to share the common platform of using any stick to beat the Left Front government.


The AIKC conveys its solidarity with the struggle of the people of West Bengal and expresses its confidence that they shall win this battle as they have won other battles in the past.