(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 01, 2012
Indian Communists Hold 16th Conference
HELD at the Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet Hall in Leicester, United Kingdom, on June 23 and 24, 2012, the 16th national conference of the Association of Indian Communists, Great Britain (AIC) has provided new confidence and determination to strive for the priority tasks set by the conference and the key tasks set by the recent 20th congress of the CPI(M).
total of 55 delegates
and eight observers, apart from two guests, representing 13
out of the 15 units
of the AIC across
The conference, organised after the 20th congress of the CPI(M), took the opportunity to receive a report on the international and national developments from Sitaram Yechury, member of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau and editor of People’s Democracy.
Yechury also made key interventions in guiding the debate of the conference and provided a detailed analysis of the global crisis of capitalism. “This has resoundingly vindicated the CPI(M)’s Marxist-Leninist understanding that capitalism can never be a system free from either human exploitation or crises,” he asserted.
went on to outline
the alternative to the crisis in
called for the
strengthening of the Left and democratic forces through
militant struggles, by
combining those against social oppression and those against
exploitation. “We need to take these two in combination
simultaneously in order
to advance the class struggle in
Yechury also called for strengthening the worker-peasant alliance and defeating the aspirations of the communal forces of disrupting the unity of the working people on which we base our struggle for fundamental social transformations. To overthrow the capitalist system of exploitation and build a Left and democratic alternative will require an increase in the independent influence and strength of the working class and its organisation.
As many as 38 delegates took part in the discussion on the report of the executive committee over two days, June 23 and 24, enriching it on the basis of their ground level experiences. The EC report was presented by Harsev Bains due to the ill health of the AIC secretary Avtar Sadiq.
The 16th conference endorsed the call to organise centenary celebrations of the formation of Ghadar Party and of the birth of Comrade P Sundarayya.
delegates were highly
appreciative of the momentous tour of
The problems of employment, trade union representation, racial discrimination, racist immigration laws and the poor support and service received from the Indian High Commission and its consulates would be among the issues to be taken up by the Indian Workers’ Association Great Britain in the coming days.
the call given at the public rally by Robert Griffiths,
general secretary of
the Communist Party of Britain, to jointly mobilise for the
manifestation of people opposed to the austerity measures of
Con–Dem government on October 20 in
AIC will support the
formation of a student organisation to address the
multifaceted problems facing
especially foreign students in
The formation of a cultural front to provide a democratic, progressive and secular alternative to the barbaric culture of imperialism will also be a key task for the AIC. The newly elected executive committee will discuss the mechanisms of building on the traditions of the Progressive Writers Association (PWA) and Chethna art lovers association.
The AIC has committed the EC to encourage all its units to form branches of the Association of Indian Women (AIW) and increase the number of female delegates to the conference.
The conference elected a new Executive Committee and endorsed the report unanimously.
The delegates elected a new Executive Committee which in turn elected a new secretariat with Avtar Sadiq, Joginder Bains, Gurmel Singh and Dyal Bagri as members and Harsev Bains as secretary.
The 16th conference of the Association of Indian Communists drew to a close, full of confidence and determination to discharge the tasks and responsibilities for the next three years.
members are Rajinder Bains (treasurer) Balwant Herian,
Mohinder Singh, Mohinder
Farma, Carmel Miranda and Manjit Bola. The special invitees
are Baiju Thittala,
Sughathan, Sreekumar, Ajith Naryanan and Aby Abraham. Seats
have been left
vacant in the EC for
Sitaram Yechury inaugurated the new website of the AIC, providing a portal gateway for a socialist platform: www.indobrit.org.
will be remembered that
the AIC was established by comrades living in
The five key objectives of the AIC were the following:
1) To educate Indian workers in the fundamental principles of Marxism-Leninism.
2) To popularise the programme and policies of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
3) To strengthen the
Indian Workers Association as a
united and democratic organisation of Indian workers in
4) To help the Indian workers to become a part of the British
trade union movement.
5) To cooperate with
the progressive and democratic
movements of the people as well as the communist movement in