Oppose the Arrest of Maoist Activists: Maoism and Maoists Should be Approached Politically

26 May 2015
THE recent arrest of some Maoist cadres and sympathizers in Kerala and a leading cadre near Pune has once again brought the question of what is Maoism and what should be the approach towards them to the forefront in some of the corporate media and social media.

The CPI (ML) Red Star has repeatedly pointed out that 'Maoism' is an anarchist ideology which is far removed from Mao's contributions to Marxist-Leninist ideology and to mass line which led the Chinese revolution to victory. From the time Peru's Shining Path leader Gonzales coined it, most of the forces that followed it have only faced liquidation. The CPI (Maoist) too is headed in no different direction, irrespective of the claims of its top leaders, unless it is prepared to abandon the mechanical repetition of its erroneous line, make concrete analysis of the present Indian situation, develop its line accordingly and go to the masses to mobilize and politicize them for revolution.

As a Marxist-Leninist party, the CPI(ML) Red Star opposes the erroneous line of the CPI (Maoist)and calls for mobilizing the masses for revolution. At the same time, it evaluates the Maoists as a political movement. It has always demanded that they should be approached politically. Presently when Maoist cadres and supporters are arrested in Kerala and elsewhere, we oppose and condemn the arrests. We oppose and condemn state repression on a political organization. We demand the release of these political prisoners. We also oppose the use of UAPA-like black laws against them. 
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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.