(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 22, 2010
‘We Shall Advance On The Path Of Struggle Against Exploitation’
THE extended meeting of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) held from August 7-10 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh was organised to address the major changes in the political situation post 19th Party Congress held in Coimbatore, formulate a political-tactical line to meet the current situation and thereby equip the Party to face the electoral battles in West Bengal and Kerala, where, particularly in West Bengal, a fierce battle is being waged against the Party. The meeting also aimed to bring about a unified common understanding of the Party as a whole to face the challenges and overcome the present adverse situation.
Placing the review report
implementation of the previous political-tactical line and the draft
resolution, Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Party explained the
of the meeting and the background in which it was organised. He said
Central Committee of the Party held in February this year, decided to
the 20th Party Congress, which was supposed to be held in
beginning of 2011, due to the forthcoming assembly elections in
Prakash Karat said when
the Party Congress
was held in
The Central Committee of the Party discussed twice, on two occasions – in July 2008, when the Party did a review of the Lok Sabha election results and now, when there was a discussion on the draft review report – the withdrawal of support. The Central Committee felt it was correct to withdraw support. There was no disagreement on the withdrawal of support, but only the timing of the withdrawal was assessed as being correct or not.
After approaching the
nuclear deal would be on an auto-pilot and, for the Party, it was
to support a government which goes ahead with the strategic alliance
The review report asserted
was necessary to rally non-Congress secular parties with the Left to
against the Congress and the BJP. But the electoral understanding
arrived at in
some of the states could not be the basis for an effective all
Explaining the conditions after the UPA-2 government assumed office, Prakash Karat said is offensive of the neo liberal economic policies has increased and in this situation, the Central Committee meeting in October 2009 decided to step up the fight against the neo liberal policies of the UPA government; to pay utmost attention on independent activities of the Party and take up local issues on a sustained basis. He also said the BJP’s communal threat has not decreased, although it suffered a political set back, having lost second successive elections in the parliament. He said the BJP would try to go back to its core agenda and therefore we must be vigilant and the fight against communalism must continue.
There is also a need to be
against the strategic alliance pursued by the UPA government with the
On our attitude to the regional parties, Prakash Karat observed that despite the fact that many of these parties have vacillations, it is important to maintain relations with them in the parliament on various issues. Outside parliament too, if they agree, we must rally them in our struggles.
On the Special Economic Zones, the Party had opposed the large scale acquisition of agricultural land from the farmers. SEZs are a part of Crony capitalism. Prakash Karat said the review has asserted that the Party will take up the land issue; it will stand by the peasantry and the tribal people who are opposing their lands being taken away. It will oppose large scale indiscriminate illegal mining activities being carried on in various parts of the country.
The review report noted that there is a weakness in consolidating politically the benefits of the struggles the Party launched in various states, except for Rajasthan where we could consolidate to a limited extent.
Placing the draft
resolution, Prakash Karat exhorted the
delegates to take up the issues of the people, mobilise them in large
and face the current political situation where a concerted attack is
against the Party. He said we have to rally the entire forces to stand
Left and democratic forces in
(i) 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 the 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.
(ii) The fight against the
neo-liberal policies means taking up the struggle at two levels. One,
level of policies of the Central and concerned state governments and
taking up the various issues of the people concerning their livelihood,
job security, fair wages, access to health care, education and basic
all of which are detrimentally affected by neo-liberal policies. The
the mass organizations have to conduct sustained struggles on local
also launch state-wide movements on people’s issues. Movements against
neo-liberal policies should be launched at the all
(iii) 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.
(iv) The UPA government is
strengthen the strategic alliance with the
(v) 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.
(vi) 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.
(vii) The CPI(M) will seek the cooperation of those non-Congress secular parties who are willing to come together to take up people’s issues, defend secularism and oppose erosion of national sovereignty both within parliament and outside. Wherever needed, there may be electoral understanding with such parties.
(viii) 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.
(ix) The entire Party will work to rally the people and the democratic forces to defend the CPI(M) and the Left in West Bengal, to help fight back the violent attacks and to overcome the adverse situation.
(x) The CPI(M) will, based on the Left and democratic platform of demands, mobilize the working class, peasantry, agricultural workers, artisans and other sections of the working people to fight against the anti-people policies and to defend their livelihood and rights. The Party should pay attention to winning over the masses under the influence of the Congress and other bourgeois parties by drawing these masses into united struggles on their issues and problems.
(xi) The Party will champion the rights of the dalits, tribals, minorities, women and other oppressed sections as part of the general democratic platform.