(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 01, 2010
CENTRAL COMMITTEE COMMUNIQUE
‘All-Party Parliamentary Team Must
Communist Party of
general secretary, Prakash Karat, informed the media about this
decision at a press
conference on July 23 afternoon, after the Central Committee met in
the gravity of the
CPI(M) leader also declared that the issue of rising prices would be
raised in the monsoon session of parliament. Replying to a query about
also raising this issue, Karat recalled how the Left parties had
been raising this issue for about a year and intensifying their
it. In the context of the monsoon session of parliament, the CPI(M)
demanded that the government must keep in mind the lessons of the
Drawing attention to the involvement of Hindutva elements in terrorist activities, the CPI(M) leader said it is now no more confined to isolated acts. He criticised the government for not taking up this threat in earnestness, adding that now at least the government must wake up as the involvement of these elements in the bomb blasts at Malegaon, Ajmer, Hyderabad and some other places has clearly come out and the investigating agencies have interrogated even some top officials of the RSS. Karat also referred to the growing terrorist activities of National Democratic Front (NDF) in Kerala where its supporters recently cut down a professor’s arm. The CPI(M) general secretary stressed that communalism and the rise of terrorist outfits are mutually linked and complimentary.
Replying to queries coming from some presspersons, Karat lambasted the central government for its attempts to cover up the activities of the Trinamul-Maoist alliance that is unleashing violence against the CPI(M) and the Left Front in West Bengal. He was reacting to the union home minister P Chidambaram’s statement characterising the CPI(M)’s contention on this issue as a canard. Karat pointed out that as many as 44 members and supporters of the CPI(M) in the state had been killed between May this year and July 21 when the CPI(M) Central Committee meeting started. He also reminded that the Trinamul Congress had constantly been demanding cessation of action against the Maoists in the Jungle Mahal area, though the union home minister’s sincere desire is to keep his eyes away from this reality. On the other hand, the CPI(M) has constantly been pointing out that ultimately it is the hapless tribal people who suffer in the crossfire between the ultra-leftist violence and the administration’s retaliatory violence. That is why, Karat said, the CPI(M) has always been stressing on the restoration of normal political activities in all such violence affected areas.
the very outset of the press conference, Prakash Karat informed the
the main agenda of the recent Central Committee meeting. Its purpose
finalise the draft political resolution and review report, to be
the Extended Central Committee meeting which is to take place at
to some queries, Karat recalled that the CPI(M) and the Left were
the UPA government from outside at the time of the CPI(M)’s 19th
The following Central Committee communiqué was issued for the media on the occasion.
THE Central Committee paid homage to the forty four members and supporters of the party who were killed by the Maoists and the TMC led combine in West Bengal since the last Central Committee meeting held in May this year. The Central Committee conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families of all the comrades who were killed.
Committee expressed its deep grief at the death of sixty passengers who
the collision between two trains at Sainthia railway station in
Petroleum Price Hike
The Central Committee hailed the success of the July 5 countrywide hartal against the steep rise in prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas. The Central Committee demanded that the UPA government rescind these increases and call off the deregulation of petrol pricing.
In the forthcoming parliament session, the Left parties will strongly raise this demand.
Committee heard a report on the serious situation prevailing in the
The Central Committee noted that the all-party meeting had called for a credible enquiry into the circumstances which had led to the death of civilians in the recent period. But the process for such an enquiry has still not started. The security forces have to exercise restraint in the face of the protests. The Central Committee appealed to the young people not to go in for a confrontation with the security forces.
It is highly unfortunate that the central government has not taken any worthwhile step to initiate a political dialogue with all sections in the valley.
Committee wants a parliamentary delegation to visit
the arrest of three persons for the Ajmer Sharief dargah blast in 2007,
been established that there are extremist Hindutva elements involved in
The Central Committee expressed its serious concern at the activities of the extremist organisation, the Popular Front of India in Kerala and other southern states. The incident of the chopping off of the hand of a lecturer in Ernakulam district and the subsequent searches have unearthed the storage of bomb making material and other weapons.
There is an interconnection between communalism and the spawning of such terrorist activities. The CPI(M) will conduct a campaign against both Hindu and Muslim extremism and all forms of terrorism.
directions of the Supreme Court the CBI has been enquiring into the
killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife in a false encounter in
FDI in Retail
commerce has issued a discussion paper proposing the opening of
retail trade to FDI without any limit. This is the first step towards
multinational companies into the general retail trade in
The CPI(M) had brought out a comprehensive policy document on the implications of the entry of FDI in retail trade and the necessity for strict regulation of organised retail trade by Indian corporates.
The Central Committee decided to mobilise public opinion against the entry of FDI in retail trade.
1) The Central Committee demanded that the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill be not proceeded with in parliament. The bill does not protect the interests of the Indian people nor assure their lives and safety.
2) The Central Committee called upon the government to bring women’s reservation bill in the Lok Sabha for adoption.
3) The Central Committee wanted the government to place its response to the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra commission report on reservation for minorities in education and jobs.
September 7 Strike
The Central Committee extended its full support to the call of the nine central trade unions for an industrial strike on September 7 on a five point charter of demands. These include steps to curb price rise, end to disinvestment in public sector and implementation of labour laws.
Extended Central Committee Meeting
Committee discussed and adopted the Draft Political Resolution and
Report which will be placed before the extended meeting of the Central
Committee to be held in
Some of the current tasks set out in the Draft Political Resolution are:
1) The key task is to fight against the whole gamut of neo-liberal policies which are affecting the lives of the people in all spheres. These policies fuelled by imperialist globalisation are enriching the rich further and transferring resources to the corporates and big business. They are detrimental to interests of the working people. The Congress-led UPA government has pursued these policies for the past six years since coming into office in 2004.
The fight against the
policies means taking up the struggle at two levels. One at the level
policies of the central and concerned state governments and second by
the various issues of the people who are affected by these policies
their livelihood, public distribution system, land, job security, fair
access to health care, education and basic services. The Party and the
organisations have to conduct sustained struggles on local issues and
launch state-wide movements on people’s issues. At the all
3) Communal politics continues to pose a danger as it is seeking an opportunity to push forward the communal agenda. The RSS and its political wing, the BJP, represent the main vehicle for majority communalism and the Hindutva ideology. Though the BJP suffered electoral setbacks, there is no let up on communal activities. In the coming days, the struggle against communalism and the Hindutva based activities needs to be carried on. At the same time, the party should be vigilant to counter minority communalism and extremism.
The UPA government is
strengthen the strategic alliance with the
5) The party should oppose the Congress, the prime mover of the neo-liberal policies of the UPA government, which represents the interests of the big bourgeoisie and favours a pro-US foreign policy.
6) The BJP does not only practice communal politics, it is a rightwing party which advocates neo-liberal policies. The party will politically fight the BJP and adopt tactics to rally the secular forces to isolate it.
7) The CPI(M) will seek the cooperation of those non-Congress secular parties who are willing to come together to take up peoples issues, defend secularism and oppose erosion of national sovereignty both within parliament and outside. Wherever needed, there may be electoral understanding with such parties.
8) The party will lay stress on its independent role and activities. The party will put forward before the people the alternative policies of the Left. The party will work to strengthen Left unity and to consolidate the forces of the Left while waging a determined struggle against the disruptive activities of the Maoists.
party will work to rally the people and
the democratic forces to defend the CPI(M) and the Left in