(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 03, 2011
TENTH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF COMRADE MH
‘Electoral Reforms Crucial
In Curbing Corruption’
ONE of the key steps required to eradicate corruption in the country is to ensure the removal of influence of money in the elections by banning funds from corporate bodies to political parties.
was stated by the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury while
addressing the 10th death anniversary
meeting of former CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, Comrade Moturu Hanumantha
Yechury spoke about the growing role of money in elections and underlined the need to curtail this by banning all funds being provided by corporate bodies to the political parties. He said the funding of political parties by corporate bodies amounts to interference in the process of the governance and thus makes exploitation rampant. He expressed concern that on one side the prices of essential commodities are rising, along with the other rising burdens on the people, while on the other side employment generation is not increasing.
The CPI(M) leader pooh poohed prime minister’s assertions that his government is providing an administration that is honest. He said scams involving trillions of rupees, from 2G spectrum to KG basin gas are tumbling out on a regular basis. This is the most corrupt government, he felt.
charged that the capitalist, imperialist and the exploitative forces all together conspired in order to weaken the
Left forces in the country because it was the Left that was blocking
efforts to privatise the public sector companies and usher in greater
liberal economic policies during the UPA-I government. He recalled how
government tried to hand over the banking, insurance and other sectors,
including the pension funds of the employees to the private
Left parties, which were providing crucial outside support to that
fought tooth and nail to prevent this and that is the reason the global
financial crisis did not impact
a part of this conspiracy of weakening the Left, the imperialists,
organisations, religious fundamentalists and the ‘Maoists’ came
overthrow the Left Front governments of West Bengal and Kerala. But
their machinations, the Left parties in
Yechury asserted that the only alternative to capitalism is socialism while referring to the global financial crisis still plaguing the world. He said the intensity of the ongoing crisis is something that capitalism has not experienced in the last 100 years. Those who say there is no alternative to capitalism deliberately try to underplay the severity of the crisis. He told the audience how even in advanced countries people are buying up Marx’s Capital in order to understand the present crisis.
Ramayya, Central Committee member of the CPI(M), who spoke on the
lauded the role of Moturu Hanumatha Rao in the Left politics of the
called upon all the comrades to advance the cause of the people with
inspiration provided by the late leader. P Narasimha Rao,
Speakers lauded Moturu Hanumantha Rao, former editor of Prajasakti, as an inspiration to not only those in politics but also in journalism. They underscored how Comrade MH scrupulously followed guidelines imbued with values not only in building the communist movement but also in journalism.
C Raghavachari, former editor of Visalandhra daily and member of MH award committee said that the writings of MH before the 1955 elections and later on rebutting the attacks on the communist movement had an immense impact on the people of the state. He lauded MH as a political analyst who remained unchallenged in terms of his clarity and analysis. The commitment he showed towards the cause of the oppressed classes made him shine as a great journalist, said Raghavachari. When onslaughts were going on against the communist politics and theory, the way Comrade MH repulsed them through down to earth writing that included humor helped in involving the downtrodden people at that time, he observed. The command he got on the topics of his profession and his voracious reading habit led him forward as a communist journalist, emphasised Raghavachari. The role of Comrade MH as an organiser in Party building and the movements and as an orator is still an inspiration for the communist journalists of today, he reminded.
K S Lakshman Rao, MLC of Guntur-Krishna districts, recalled how Comrade MH wrote many books of reference during the Vietnam war and said leaders like MH are an inspiration for the people of today.
V Krishnaiah, chairman of Prajasakti Sahitee Samstha, said that the entire machinery of Prajasakti is geared even today in the direction of achieving the goals set by Comrade MH for Prajasakti. The collective spirit and the traditions set forth by the leaders of the past generation like MH and P Sundarayya would be upheld, he assured. He condemned the corporate culture in the politics and media of today where both are intertwined. He contrasted this with Prajasakti which is highlighting the woes of the working people.
Vinay Kumar, editor of Prajasakti
daily told that the awards instituted in the name of Comrade MH are
every year since the last 10 years for reporters writing the best
year, the story named “Sukshmam Nundi Moksham Edi” (Where is the
from the micro finance?), written by Nagaraju, staff reporter of Sakshi daily won the best story award.
Nagaraju was handed over the winning shield and a cash award of Rs
the meeting by Sitaram Yechury. In the same way, awards are being given
year in the name of Bomma Reddy, former editor of Prajasakti.