People's Democracy

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


No. 05

February 3, 2013








West Bengal



AIKS State Conference Held Successfully



THE 35th state conference of Paschimbanga Pradeshik Krishak Sabha ended with a call for organising series of enhanced peasant movements not only to protect peasant rights and alleviating financial crises of farmers but also to restore larger democratic rights. The current deplorable and autocratic situation of the state has induced the conference to infer that the peasants in the state are facing a double-edged crisis of livelihoods as well as an attack on democratic rights. So Krishak Sabha must organise larger movement to restore democratic rights of peasants and common people as well.

The 35th conference at Malda, West Bengal, has elaborately discussed the contemporary situation to accept the proposal on “Task of Coming Days”. While explaining the proposal, the leader of the opposition and noted peasant leader Surjya Kanta Mishra said that ‘we must read the situation appropriately to organise more and more farmers and agricultural labourers to prevent the series of attacks unleashed on farmers and common people. The proposal has also discussed the detailed route of future movement in West Bengal.

Mishra elaborated that the growing conflict between farmers and imperialists augments the conflict between local farmers and rich local exploiters. So without intensifying class struggle, the final struggle against imperialism could not be organised suitably. But these newly rich local exploiters are not like the earlier zamindars. We must see whether they are concentrating wealth without appropriate exchange of labour. In this course, we must identify various social inequalities to combat the exploitation and identify class enemies very carefully. They are not exceeding 5-6 per cent of the total habitation across localities.

Agricultural labourers are our base but we must proceed by strengthening relationship with medium farmers and vacillating rich farmers. We should deliberately not identify them as enemies, added Mishra.

The proposal has also discussed about organising movements on immediate issues against autocracy, imperialism, and liberalism.

Mishra added that struggle and development are two tasks to be accomplished simultaneously. Krishak Sabha must not organise any irresponsible movement. We must not jeopardise people for just the reason that Trinamool Congress now is in power. The British colonial regime also witnessed Krishak Sabha organising movement to combat famine or building dam on Ajoy River. This is the tradition of Krishak Sabha. So we must organise movement for people and also revamp our organization, removing all earlier flaws.
President of Pradeshik Krishak Sabha, Madan Ghosh has reiterated that we will move forward with class understanding. We would enhance our movement by organising poor farmers and agricultural labourers. We have experienced that the largest section of unorganised labourers and agricultural farmers is either from backward class or religious minority section. So if there is no organised joint movement of both these two sections of labour, identity politics would entrap these common people. It has to be remembered that during freedom struggle when the whole country was blazed with communal riot, the Tebhaga movement could organise poor people.

Although people’s anger against the present state government has increased, the support would not come to the Left Front automatically. The imperialist force would not let Leftists come to power again. A lot of struggle is required for that, added Ghosh.

Krishak Sabha secretary Nripen Choudhury appealed to all committees to organise movement incessantly. He reminded that the reactionary force coupled with administrative strength has become more powerful in the state. So no irresponsible step or decision has to be undertaken. We must channelise the growing discontent among people toward an appropriate direction.

The new committee of Pradeshik Krishak Sabha has Madan Ghosh as president of the organisation and Nripen Choudhury as secretary. The 35th conference has also elected a state secretariat of 19 members and a state council of 101 members.