03 April 2019

It was two years ago we observed the 50th anniversary of Naxalbari Uprising with all India programs culminating with a march to Naxalbari on 25th May, 1967.  This Uprising was in effect a clarion call for advancing along the path of People’s Democratic Revolution defeating the revisionists of all hues who were leading the movement and for sharpening the struggle for overthrowing the reactionary ruling system. The formation of the CPI(ML) two years later was a historic step towards reorganizing the communist movement with revolutionary orientation.

Though the left adventurist mistakes in the initial phase led to severe setbacks to the party and to its disintegration in to different groups, today we can confidently say that struggling against the right opportunist and anarchist deviations, the communist revolutionary movement, in the main, has overcome the shortcomings at theoretical-political level to a great extent by making concrete analysis of the momentous changes that have happened at international and national level. This has helped us in developing our Marxist-Leninist understanding according to this present situation during the post Second World War period, and to develop the Program and Path of revolution. As a result, as upheld by the recently concluded 11th Congress of the Party, important organizational advances are achieved as an all India organization capable of leading all forms of struggle to intensify the class struggle as substantiated by the Bhangar like people’s movements. But, considering the problems of developing a party capable of leading revolution in a vast country like India, what we could achieve so far is very little, and we have to strive hard to make great strides forward.

All party committees are called upon to observe the 50th anniversary of CPI(ML) formation at as many places as possible, with the resolve to advance towards the victory of democratic revolution and socialist transformation. n

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Kabeer Katlat

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.