(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 13, 2011
First-Ever State-Level Class of Party Wholetimers
first-ever state-level class of party wholetimers,
organised by the CPI(M) Maharashtra state committee, was
successfully held on
November 3-4, 2011 at the Adarsh Vidyalaya at Chembur in
Mumbai. It was
attended by 151 comrades from 23 districts; 14 of them were
women. Among the
delegates, 60 were working on the Kisan front, 56 on the
Trade Union front, 11
on the Youth front, 9 on the Agricultural Workers front, 6
on the Women’s
front, 2 on the Student front and 7 on other fronts. Some
comrades from the
Trade Union front could not attend due to the preparations
for the nationwide
protest scheduled for November 8. The major district-wise
from Thane (28), Solapur (21), Mumbai (18), Nashik (12),
After a presentation of inspiring revolutionary songs by the Praja Natya Mandal of Solapur, CPI(M) state secretariat member and Mumbai district secretary Mahendra Singh explained the objectives of this class, underlined the importance of wholetimers in a Communist Party and welcomed the delegates who had come from across the state. He also placed the time table for the next two days.
class was inaugurated by CPI(M) Polit
Bureau member K Varadha Rajan. Explaining the Marxist
revolutionary change, he said that CPI(M), which is the
of the working class of
Rajan stressed the importance of
collective functioning with individual responsibility and of
self-criticism in the development of party wholetimers.
contact with the people, sharing their joys and sorrows and
struggles were key tasks that wholetimers must never
neglect. Equally important
was the need for constant self-study and regularly reading
the party papers and
publications to get a proper grasp of the party line on
various issues. Only if
we are so equipped can we effectively take the party’s stand
to the people.
Finally, he said that as communists we must never forget
that the interests of
the party take precedence over our personal interests, and
the interests of our
country take precedence over the interests of our party. He
confidence that this class would go a long way to make party
CPI(M) state secretary Dr Ashok Dhawale then placed the draft resolution “The Importance of Party Wholetimers and Their Functioning” before the delegates. Copies of the six-page draft resolution had been given to all the delegates. In the first section titled “Wholetimers: Backbone of the Party,” the resolution deals with the concept of wholetimers enunciated by Lenin, the criteria for the selection of cadres set out by Dimitrov and the cardinal importance given to party wholetimers and their work by the CPI(M) ever since its inception.
In the second section titled “Characteristics of Wholetimers,” the resolution sets out five characteristics that wholetimers must have and develop in themselves, especially in the present challenging political situation that the party has to face. These five characteristics, briefly, are: 1. Unshakable faith in Marxist-Leninist ideology, complete confidence in the party and readiness to devote one’s whole life to the cause; 2. Capacity to take the initiative in launching class and mass struggles, live contact with the people and regular work in a class or mass organisation; 3. Ability to politically and ideologically educate the people and, in order to develop this ability, constant reading of, and reflection on party papers and Marxist literature; 4. Mastery over the science and art of building the organisation, to be gained through practical experience and collective functioning; 5. Spotless character, transparent behaviour, efficiency in work, readiness to sacrifice and simple living.
third section deals in detail with the
selection, manner of functioning and evaluation of
wholetimers, setting many
important guidelines. The fourth section deals with the
issue of wages and care
of wholetimers. In 2008, the party’s state committee for the
first time gave a
call for the collection of a Rs 50 lakh wholetimers fund in
afternoon session on the first day was
devoted to “Current Political Challenges: International and
National,” and this
class was taken by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat.
This session helped
the delegates to get a clear political direction to their
work. In the
international section, she briefly dealt with the situation
after the fall of
the Soviet Union, the resultant aggressiveness of American
current world capitalist crisis and the growing resistance
policies being manifested across the world in working class
struggles, in the ‘
the national section, Brinda Karat dealt
with the imperialist offensive in
On the evening and night of November 3, there were two intensive group discussions among the delegates. One was mass organisation-wise, and the other was district-wise. Here the comrades discussed points to enrich the resolution, to improve the quality and output of their own work and to strengthen their mass organisation and also party work in their district.
entire morning session on November 4
was devoted to speeches by the delegates. This was one of
the most interesting
sessions of this class. A total of 33 comrades – 27 speaking
on behalf of their
districts and 6 on behalf of their mass organisations –
placed their views to
enrich the resolution, to improve their own work and to make
suggestions to the state committee. Two comrades – party
state committee member
from Nanded district, Vijay Gabhane, and district
secretariat member from
In the concluding session of this class, CPI(M) Central Committee member K L Bajaj and state secretariat member Ajit Abhyankar made effective interventions while reporting on some organisational issues. The three sessions of this class were chaired by state secretariat members Manohar Muley, Kiran Moghe and Mariam Dhawale.
State secretary Dr Ashok Dhawale replied to the discussion, congratulated the delegates for their valuable contribution and promised to finalise the resolution after incorporating the suggestions made by delegates. He reported the decisions of the party state committee meeting held on November 2 and the time table of the party’s district conferences. He called upon all delegates to work hard to achieve success in the ensuing political battle of the statewide local body elections.
The rousing concluding address of this class was delivered by CPI(M) state secretariat member and ex-MLA Narsayya Adam, who gave several inspiring examples of the ways of enhancing the struggles and influence of the party. Giving relevant examples from his own 46-year party life, he stressed the need to have abiding faith in the party, to maintain strict party discipline, to uphold the principles of democratic centralism, collective functioning and individual responsibility, and to further strengthen the unity of the party around the actual practice of these principles. Finally, he expressed confidence that this class would have a salutary effect on the growth of the party and mass organisations.
The CPI(M) Mumbai district committee and its volunteers, and the Kerala People’s Education Society (KPES) that runs the Adarsh Vidyalaya, had made excellent arrangements for this class. Manohar Muley warmly thanked all of them. The class then concluded amidst revolutionary slogans.