(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 12, 2010
A FITTING CONCLUSION FOR AUGUST CAMPAIGN
Theekkahtir Launches Tiruchi Edition
IT was a fitting conclusion for the August campaign of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) when the party’s Tamil daily Theekkathir launched its fourth edition from Tiruchirapalli, the historic city of central Tamilnadu.
The CPI(M)’s Tamilnadu state committee organised a weeklong campaign programme against the anti-people policies of the central and state governments from August 22 to 29. As a conclusion of this campaign, a huge public meeting was held at Tiruchi on September 5, the memorial day of Ponmalai martyrs, late CPI(M) leader A Balasubramaniyam and late freedom fighter V O Chidhambaram.
At this meeting, CPI(M) Polite Bureau member Sitaram Yechury released the first copy of Theekkathir's new edition and K Varadharajan, another Polit Bureau member, received it.
While addressing the gathering from those coming from central and eastern districts of the state, Yechury said "though a grand alliance was being built to oppose the Left, no force can bring the red flag down” and that “the Left parties will continue to champion the cause of the oppressed and fight for the people and issues concerning them for creating a better India.”
classes see the
Left as the main obstacle to their economic policies and reactionary
ganged up to target
The prime minister had stated that the Maoists were the single greatest threat to security. However, on the other hand, the Trinamul Congress, which is a part of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, is supporting the Maoists. Why does the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which is a partner in the central government, not speak against such contradictions within the UPA? This only exposes its opportunism, Yechury said.
happiness in the meeting that it was his own city of
leader R Nallakannu
and CPI(M) Central Committee members
CPI(M) Central Secretariat member V Srinivasa Rao, Daily Desharkatha editor Gautam Dass, Vinay kumar, Prajasakthi editor and Avik Dutta of Ganasakti were felicitated at the function.
On this occasion, Theekkathir released a special number which carried the messages of greetings from CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, chief ministers M Karunanidhi, V S Achudanandan, K Rosaiah, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Manik Sarkar, as well as the fraternal greetings from Ganasakti.
together the four
of the August campaign, massive public meetings were held at five
Terming as ‘strange' the statement of Tamilnadu chief minister M Karunanidhi that the Left has a natural affinity with the Maoists, the CPI(M)'s Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said at a press conference in Salem on September 4 that his party had been relentlessly fighting against the Naxalites of yesteryears and the Maoists of today since it strongly believes in the system of parliamentary democracy.
engaged in running
battles with these forces of violence,” he said, adding that the
had facilitated the Nepalese Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to form
democratic government in
“There they shunned violence. We helped them as they opted for a democratic, competitive politics,” he said.
On the observation made by Mr Karunanidhi that the CPI(M) was encouraging the Maoists, he said it was “ideologically and factually” incorrect.
To a query
whether it was
an attempt to isolate the CPI(M), Yechury observed that “some agenda”
“A senior political leader such as Karunanidhi, who has been in politics for decades at the national level and a man behind many secular alliances in the past, knows all but still makes such a statement because of his allies with whom he shares power,” he said.
He also wanted to know the reason behind the chief minister's outburst against the CPI(M).