The communist movement in India is in a dire state, and it will take nothing short of a major internal shift within the movement broadly and the individual parties to change the current decline and crisis. I wish the communist movement in India all the best as despite its current state, it is still the only real viable force that can push back against the neo-colonial sectarian forces especially currently of the BJP and allied forces, and also it is the only political current capable of bringing any advocacy of justice to the poor masses of India. The communist movement needs to rejuvenate itself away from institutionalisation and inertia. They have my full support in a strategy of re-grouping and re-focusing their potential. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Merger of Left parties need of hour: Narayana
Communist Party of India Central Secretariat member K. Narayana on Wednesday said merger of CPI and CPI (M) was the need of the hour to fight against ‘Hindutva forces’. The present political situation called for a merger of the two Left parties for fighting against the NDA’s ‘neo-liberal’ economic policies and rising communal tendencies effectively, he told a press conference here.
He hoped the CPI (M) national congress in Visakhapatnam initiated steps in this regard, and welcomed the six parties which were once part of ‘Janata Parivar’ coming together to fight against the BJP. The CPI would spearhead a country-wide ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation in May in protest against the alleged ‘anti-farmer’ Land Acquisition (LA) Ordinance, he said.
“The Narendra Modi government should either withdraw the corporate-friendly ordinance in deference to the wishes of the farmers or put us in jails,” he added.
The BJP which had, in fact, supported the Land Acquisition Bill passed during the UPA-II regime, removed the farmer-friendly provisions to curry favour to the corporate sector, he said.
Mr. Narayana opposed BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's reported statement to strip those not adopting family planning of their voting right in the wake of a similar demand from Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to come out openly against them.
Karat calls for forging Left unity
Draw inspiration from the resurgence of Left elsewhere: CPI. Go forward towards building a Left and democratic alliance: Prakash Karat.
Cornered by successive electoral reverses, Left parties on Tuesday drew inspiration from the recent successes of their counterparts in various parts of the world, and said the people of India had not written off the Communists.
Invited to the inaugural session of the 21st Party Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the smaller Left parties were given prominence by the host leadership. The leaders of all the six Left parties present, including the CPI(M), were one on the need for coming together on a broad Left platform.
“It is by forging a strong Left unity that we can rally all other democratic forces and go forward towards building a Left and democratic alliance,” said CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat in his inaugural speech.
This was the first time four of the Left parties were invited to the Party Congress. While the CPI was present at the last Congress in Kozhikode, the two long-standing allies in the Left Front — the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Forward Bloc — received invites for the first time as did recent entrants, the CPI (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist).
While CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy stressed the need to draw inspiration from the resurgence of the Left elsewhere and the admission by the U.S. that the blockade of Cuba was a mistake, Forward Bloc’s Debabrata Biswas said his party expected the CPI(M) to take the initiative in building Left unity nationally.
SUCI general secretary Provash Ghosh was appreciative of the efforts made by Mr. Karat personally to reach out to a small party like his while pointing out that his organisation had always been in favour of Left unity, even through the years it carried out struggles against CPI(M) governments.