(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 21, 2010
A Rejuvenated Party Organisation Poised for
Greater Struggles and Growth
A A Nainar
THE Tamilnadu state committee
of the CPI(M) conducted a mid-term organisational review in its meeting
Chennai for three days beginning February 12. It unanimously resolved
Earlier, the 34 party district
committees had concluded their respective mid-term organisational
the decision was taken in the July 2009 state committee meeting held at
Price Rise: Besides
implementing the calls of the Central Committee, the party in
the state took many people�s issues and organised movements during this
Struggle for Land and House Sites: Similarly, on the question of land and allotment of house sites for the poor, a continuous and sustained movement is taking place in the state under the CPI(M)�s leadership. The Kisan Sabha and the party held various programmes, including the picketing of government offices, to force the ruling DMK to fulfil its electoral promise of allocation of two acres of land to all landless farmers in the state. On the issue of annexation of public land by Justice P D Dinakaran, the exposure campaign and various movements organised by the party in Thiruvallur district was able to make the government appoint an inquiry into the episode. On the question of house pattas too, the district committees, especially the two district committees in Chennai urban agglomeration, took initiatives. As late as on February 14, the concluding day of the state committee�s review meeting, a massive public meeting was held at Purasawalkam in Chennai, addressed among others by the CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat.
significant and unique initiative by the Tamilnadu state
committee was to highlight dalit issues through a mass organisation
Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF). Throughout the
survey was taken to identify various forms of untouchability practised
caste Hindus. At all such places the TNUEF intervened
to curb the practice by mobilising the
democratic minded people along with the volunteers of the CPI(M).
the Untouchability wall at Uthapuram and later at
Trade Union Struggles: On the trade union front, new initiatives were taken during this period. At all places where MNCs --- from Hyundai to Visteon, and Ford to Nokia --- have set up industries in the form of SEZs and under special additional packages from the state, inhuman exploitation of labour is taking place in different forms. Workers are looking for avenues to express their resentment and anger. Apart from mobilising the unorganised workers of various sectors in huge numbers that resulted in its expansion during this period, The CITU mobilised the workers who confront the foreign monopoly capital operating in and around Chennai. There have been cases of victimisation and physical attacks by goons with state support; nonetheless the CITU has become a rallying point for such highly skilled new industrial workers. The benefits of such initiatives are sure to pay rich political and organisational dividends in the days to come.