(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 28, 2013
SUNDARAYYA CENTENARY SEMINAR HELD
Andhra Pradesh: Prospect and Retrospect
A four-day seminar centred on the
Pradesh: Prospect and Retrospect was held in the new complex
Vignana Kendram in Gachibowli,
Inaugurating the seminar, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and MP, Sitaram Yechury said that because the ruling classes violated all promises made in the Constitution about development, there is growing discontentment among people. He cited the recent agitations demanding separate statehood for Telangana, Vidarbha etc in this context. Recalling Sundarayyas great contribution to the formation of linguistic states in the country, Yechury said the ruling classes are seeking to disrupt the unity of the toiling masses by stoking regional and other chauvinistic passions among the people. He called for emulating Sundarayya’s method of undertaking concrete analysis of concrete conditions and take the revolutionary movement forward.
Eminent economist Utsa Patnaik in
her address stressed
the need to explore alternatives to neo-liberal capitalist
and in this context mentioned the possibilities in
particularly in agriculture. Conceding that there are some
doubts about the
efficacy of cooperative sector in production, she said that
they can be
dispelled in action. She cited the success of the scheme
Kudumbasree in Kerala
and the successes achieved in
Professor Vamsicharan Vakulabharanam chaired the session while C Sambi Reddy, managing trustee of Sundarayya Vignana Kendram and secretary of the Trust, Y Siddaiah were present. Over 300 persons from various institutions and organisations attended the seminar. After the inaugural session, there was a session on history of the state, regionwise along with an overview by renowned historian, Professor V Ramakrishna. In the afternoon there was a session on the economy of the state covering topics like political economy of growth, inequalities and the comprehensive development of Andhra Pradesh.
The next day saw sessions on rural
and urban political economy. Topics such as changing caste
and class relations,
political violence in rural areas, the situation of
decentralisation in urban areas, JNNURM cities, primacy of
CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy inaugurated the keynote session titled Sundarayyas role in Communist movement on April 13, 2013. CPI(M) Polit Bureau member B V Raghavulu and Professor V K Ramachandran were the other panelists in the inaugural session.
Sudhakar Reddy at the outset said it was a honour for him to be participating in the centenary celebrations of Putchalapalli Sundarayya. He underlined that it is Left parties alone that can be real alternative to Congress and BJP that were resorting to match-fixing politics. Their stance and policies are largely dependent on whether they were in government or in opposition. But they were united in their desire and action to serve the interests of private corporates. After failing to institutionalise a two-party system in the country and now even a two-front system, these parties were desperately trying to make the coming elections a contest between two individual leaders. Reddy called for greater Left unity to take on the ruling classes and build an exploitation free socialist society in the country.
Raghavulu in his address spoke about how Sundarayya always analysed the situation from a class angle. He gave great importance to class perspective and class struggle. Dismissing the recent proclamations of some about losing relevance of class in the face of growing identity consciousness, Raghavulu asserted that class perspective is the most crucial aspect in achieving an exploitation-free society. He felt the identity movements are aimed at undermining the unity of toiling masses. He recalled how Sundarayya played a key role in the fight against caste oppression.
Professor Ramachandran dealt at
length about how
Sundarayya evinced great interest on the issues facing the
Sundarayyas efforts in this regard were crucial in
identifying the class nature
of the Indian ruling classes and the role of peasantry in
movement. He also spoke about his personal experience with
Sundarayya when he
raised some doubts about class differentiation in the
peasantry. Sundarayya had
invited him to
In this phase of the seminar, panels on Communist movement, culture and politics, contemporary issues and social movements were conducted. Overall, the seminar saw presentation by 38 speakers in 10 panels, a significant exercise at understanding the past, present and future of Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of birth centenary of Putchalapalli Sundarayya.