(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 11, 2010
On To National Solidarity Campaign
M K Pandhe
ONE of the crucial
decisions of the 13th CITU conference held at
at the conference, delegates from
Most of those
brutally murdered came from the downtrodden sections of society, and
involved in struggles to protect the common people’s interests from the
anti-people policies. Assassinating the cadre fighting for the toiling
legitimate rights has only emboldened the capitalist sharks in the
intensify their wicked attacks on the masses. Though the Trinamul and
Maoists talk in the name of the people, in practice they have been
basic interests of the people. People in
West Bengal is the
frontline outpost of democratic movement in
If the attacks on
the Left Front government here by the
reactionary forces inside and outside succeed, it will only embolden
engineer an all round attack against the Left and democratic movement
In its last
council meeting, the CITU had decided to observe a day in October 2009
express solidarity with the toiling millions of West Bengal and expose
the people of
conference urgently felt the need to continue the campaign because the
conspiracy against the Left Front government has intensified and
attacks against the Left cadre increased as Ms Banerjee has become
occupy the CM’s chair in
The CITU conference clearly noted that the Trinamul supremo had no coherent policy or principle, and has aligned with all types of parties. She had no compunction to allow BJP to grow in West Bengal and carry forward its communal agenda. She was/is happy as a minister in the NDA as well as UPA government. She once characterised the Congress as the CPI(M)’s B Team but subsequently forged an alliance with the same party. In Nandigram agitation she joined hands with all forces opposing the Left. She continued her agitation even after the Left Front government announced that the Nandigram chemical hub would not be developed if the people did not want it.
Her alliance with the so called Maoists is another example of her opportunist politics. She kept mum as the railway minister when they blew up rail tracks. She took no time to condemn the CPI(M) for the sabotage though it later transpired that it was the handiwork of her Maoist cohorts. She prefers to keep mum when arrested Maoist leaders admit that Trinamul supplied them arms and logistic support. From extreme left to extreme right, Trinamul supremo can make any force her ally provided it opposes the Left Front government. She shamelessly supported the divisive Darjeeling agitation for a separate Gorkhaland and had no qualm to encourage Kamatapuri agitation simply because it was against the Left Front government. She had never condemned the killing of the Left cadre whose number is swelling everyday. She, however, demanded withdrawal of the central security forces sent to West Bengal to deal with the Maoist depredations in parts of the state.
People saw her quixotic style of functioning when she expressed her desire to remove red colour from the Indian Railways network. Even her supporters ridiculed the idea.
As railway minister, Ms Banerjee’s performance is much below the mark. The largest number of rail accidents has occurred since she took charge of the ministry. Her attendance in the ministry is minimal; most of the time she is found in West Bengal, leading agitations against the Left Front government.
While Ms Banerjee approved the women’s reservation bill in the cabinet meeting, she opposed it in parliament, which has exposed her duplicity in the country. As a cabinet minister, she should have honoured the government’s decision to oppose the murderous Maoist politics, but she is openly supporting their depredations. That the UPA government tolerates her utter duplicity in policy matters, exposes its hollowness. Several railway officials privately talk against her handling of the ministry, but the Manmohan Singh government is allowing her maverick behaviour due to its own opportunism.
The CITU’s solidarity campaign will explain to the people the dangerous game the Congress-Trinamul-SUCI-Maoist gang-up is playing against the Left Front government. The killing of the Left cadre only exposes their desperation to somehow or other topple the state government.
The Left Front campaign is continuing cautiously but effectively. With the alternative policy framework of the Left, it is in effect a struggle against an unprincipled opportunist alliance, the policies of globalisation and the imperialist penetration in India.
With the solidarity actions by the toiling masses all over India, the Left Front and all those supporting it will successfully foil the reactionary attempts to unseat the Left Front from the Writers Building at Kolkata. The CITU’s April 18-24 campaign will be a humble contribution to the heroic struggle of the West Bengal people to defend the glorious traditions of their state. The West Bengal state committee of the CITU is to publish a documented booklet to help all CITU unions in this nationwide campaign.
With no concrete policy to serve the people of West Bengal, the Trinamul and its allies cannot have a grip on the people’s psyche. Dissention within the party has cropped up due to Ms Banerjee’s authoritarian style of running the party apparatus. Many sections who supported Trinamul have now started speaking against her reckless moves. Despite the offer of two cabinet posts, she chose to take only one as no partyman can be equal to her. Demagogic speeches cannot heal the wounds this has created in the minds of the affected persons.
Several Congressmen have in private expressed opposition to the alliance with Trinamul due to the humiliation the Trinamul supremo imposed on the Congress. Many of them have not taken the murder of a Congress leader by Trinamul goons kindly. Nor are they appreciative of the Trinamul’s opposition to every development project in West Bengal. The opportunist alliance is on a shaky ground and the Left would expose its real character.
The Maoist collaborators of Trinamul Congress are misusing the name of great Mao Ze Dong who led the historic Chinese revolution. Mao never advocated individual killing of poor and innocent persons. He led millions of peasants in a revolutionary struggle against the domination of imperialists and their Chinese collaborators. He never asked his cadre to extort money from the people. But the forces working here in Mao’s sacred name are resorting to extortion and individual annihilation, helping the ruling classes against the Left forces in India who are fighting the UPA government’s anti-people, pro-US policies. The Maoists’ opportunist support to Trinamul Congress against the Left in West Bengal proves their ideological bankruptcy; it was also seen in their open support to Shibu Soren in the last elections. This “infantile disorder” only helps the ruling classes and hits at Lhe left and democratic movement which is fighting for the establishment of a socialist society in India.
The CITU has decided to explain in its campaign the ideological bankruptcy of the Maoists and their unprincipled alliance with Trinamul Congress, thus helping the Indian and foreign reactionaries’ attacks on the Left and democratic movement here. It is necessary to expose how right reactionaries and left extremists are making a common cause against the genuine Left in the country.
One must note that some left extremists have already expressed their opposition to the policy of individual annihilation and the killing of persons from the poorest strata of society. One has to grasp the importance of a struggle against the erroneous and infantile ideology of the so called Maoists who are helping the Trinamul, though in the long run they are bound to fail.
The Maoist attacks on CITU activists are not confined to West Bengal. In the Kalta iron ore mine in Orissa, they kidnapped a CITU leader, Thomas Munda, on January 25, brutally murdered him, and threw his body five km away. To the contractors’ glee, Maoists are threatening the CITU members to leave the union in the Orissa iron ore mining belt.
In Chhattisgarh too, the Maoists murdered Shakti Dey in Bastar area on October 9, 2009. He was mercilessly killed in presence of his family members.
Killing of persons having no arms to defend themselves is a sign of cowardice. The self-proclaimed human rights activists do not say a word about the human rights of such unarmed persons who these armed thugs are brutally murdering!
The Left Front and its supporters in West Bengal are fighting a grim battle against heavy odds. The task of winning over the people who did not vote the Left Front in the last parliamentary polls, is no doubt a difficult task. But the cadre are determined to launch a powerful campaign to explain the pro-people policies of the Left Front and convince the people about their crucial role in keeping the Left Front government in saddle in West Bengal.
The CPI(M) has heroically faced semi-fascist terror in West Bengal during 1972-77 and lost over a thousand of its activists; several thousands of its cadre were evicted from their places of residence. But the people of West Bengal rallied behind the Left Front, brought it to the government and maintained that government for about 33 years. Since independence, no other party or combination has run a state’s administration for so long a time.
The CPI(M) has self-critically examined the reasons for the setback in the last parliamentary polls and decided to take corrective measures to improve the administrative apparatus to serve the people more effectively despite the limitations imposed by the present bourgeois system.
Undaunted by the heinous attacks by the Trinamul-Maoist combine, the West Bengal Left Front has carried out a powerful campaign to explain its pro-people policies and expose the nefarious reactionary machinations backed by imperialism. To these forces, the Left Front governments in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura are an impediment to the policies of globalisation dictated by the World Bank and IMF.
During the CITU conference, delegates wholeheartedly cheered when they heard about the SFI’s successes in Jadavpur University (West Bengal) and the CITU’s success in Farrakka NTPC elections. The Left Front is rightly confident that it would win over the people who went away from it during the last parliamentary elections and nip in the bud the Trinamul’s fond hopes of entering the Writers Building by hook or by crook. The glorious historical traditions of West Bengal are bound to inspire the people to rise to the occasion and defeat the conspiracies to unseat the Left Front in the coming period.