People's Democracy

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


No. 37

September 12, 2010



Deeper Contact with Masses to

Defeat the Forces of Anarchy


IN its two-day meeting held over September 1-2 at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan in Kolkata, the Bengal state committee of the CPI(M) called upon every worker and leader to bring to reality the ambience that calls for a positive change in the political scene of Bengal today.  No sacrifices should be shunned, no pro-people activities, especially pro-poor, slackened, and the forces of anarchy out to destroy the carefully-nurtured democratic environment of Bengal must be dealt a hard blow of defeat, taking the masses of the people into close confidence.


The state committee let it be known in clear and in ringing tones that there was a positive sign of protest amongst the masses to defeat the forces of anarchy in the political arena. This must be kept firm in mind and contact with the masses made, as before, a continuous and ever-widening political-organisational drive.


In the long and meaningful discussion sessions, the members of the state committee were at one in noting that during the month-long August campaign on issues touching the lives and livelihoods of the people, especially the poor, has had its effect in more and more popular participation in the CPI (M)-led movements and struggles. The effort was to reach out to the masses with the Party’s political campaign along with the need to resolve the emergent problems troubling the daily lives of the people, the rise in process of common commodities taking the prime of place as did the issue of anarchy and counter-democratic ploys of the enemies.


It was duly noted by the state leadership that more than in the recent past, the enthusiastic participation in the party-led programmes of campaign-movements from amongst the poor and from the backward classes of every community has visibly increased and the trend continues to display long-term prospects of the right kind.




The section or sections of the people that had been even marginally alienated from the acts and activities of the Party have chosen emphatically to rejoin the ranks and regroup for mass struggles to have a politically meaningful significance.


The state committee members made a special mention of the situation in the jangal mahal area.  The state unit noted the militant nature of protest and resistance of the masses that are now quite infuriated against the anti-people and anti-poor acts of commission perpetrated on them by the so-called, self-styled ‘Maoists.’  People in massive numbers have taken to the streets in the jangal mahals widest areas across the districts of Midnapore west and Bankura to frustrate the anti-people and anti-poor designs of the reactionary elements. The pro-people and pro-poor initiatives of the state Left Front government have continued to receive, as in the past, the fullest support from amongst the people.  





In conclusion, Biman Basu, state secretary of the CPI(M), stressed the importance of the political task of bringing back to the Party ranks those of the Party workers, supporters and sympathisers who had chosen to break ranks with the Party for some acts of the Party that had irritated them into doing what they have done.


The hired goons of the enemy must be countered by maintaining and deepening an enduring contact with the masses, all the while, all the way.  The party and the people shall advance by defeating the machinations of the forces of anarchy and mayhem.  To make this aim fructify, the intensity of the campaign-movement must be sharpened and widened in the days, months, and years to come, he stressed.


Biman Basu also highlighted the need to ensure that the working of the Panchayats were organised successfully, again taking the masses into confidence. He also underscored the need to increase the Party initiative and Party monitoring in the concerned sectors.  He said that while striving to make success out of pro-people developmental work and undertaking the correct political initiative, the masses must be mobilised and mass deputations submitted everywhere against the massive corruption and assorted crimes against the people perpetrated by the opposition- run Panchayats, Panchayat Samities and Zillah Parishads.




A wide and deep programme of jathas under the aegis of the Bengal Left Front would be organised in the villages as well as the urban stretches between the last week of September until the first week of October, based on the emergent needs of issues touching the lives and livelihoods of the masses. The party committees at the appropriate levels must make it a task to ensure that the programme was carried through and properly implemented in a planned manner. The other important point was the drafting of demand charters to be placed appropriately with the union government and the Left Front government here in Bengal. The Bengal Left Front workers must reach out to the people in this regard. 


The jathas’ success depended on the panning that has to be taken up beforehand by drawing up and implementing a detailed programme of smaller meetings and street-corner meetings in the rural and urban areas. The Left Front workers must meet the people at the household level to speak to them and to listen to their problems and woes, to guide them and lead them. The Trinamul Congress and indeed the entire spectrum of the opposition in Bengal have taken up the onerous task of undertaking a lie campaign against the Party, the Left Front and the Left Front government.  There should no lacunae anywhere to place before the masses the facts of the situation explaining and elaborating on the political campaign of the Party and the Left Front.