06 November 2017
ALLIANCE or understanding or tailing behind Congress is not a new thing for the Communist movement in India during its better days. During the freedom struggle, against the teaching of Communist International, instead of trying to establish the leadership of the working class and the party in the national liberation movement, the leadership had reconciled to surrendering its leadership to Congress and Muslim League. After 1947, except for the short period following the 1948 party congress, especially after the ascendance of Krushchovian revisionism in CPSU, the CPI leadership became subservient to Congress. In 2004, the 64 strong CPI(M) led Left Front had no hesitation to ally with the Congress led UPA in the name of keeping BJP out of power! During these long periods, neither undivided CPI nor, after the 1964 split, the CPI and CPI(M) never bothered for advancing independent left assertion for mobilizing the people for system change, to achieve socialism.

So, the present strife in CPI(M) whether to ally with Congress or not looks like an absurd drama. It has nothing to do with fighting fascism, as the Congress credentials with regard to it is not at all praise worthy. In a way it is the Congress policies and the failure of the left to build a people’s alternative against Congress which created conditions for the BJP-Sangh Parivar to come to power. Neither Congress nor other ruling class parties/regional parties are prepared to accept this fact. They are not prepared to put forward a people oriented democratic-development agenda against the BJP. Nor is the Left Front led by the CPI(M) prepared to make a self critical evaluation for its debacle in W Bengal, or to move away from the neoliberal policies its government pursues in Kerala.

In such a situation, the tussle whether to ally with Congress or not is entirely dictated by the opportunist parliamentary needs of its two strongholds, WB and Kerala. In WB after the 2011debacle it cannot think of any revival without allying with the Congress openly. But in Kerala the future of CPI(M) led LDF very much depends on its capability to keep the Congress away from recuperating from its present mess. Yechuri and Karat are leading these two views. Their strife has nothing to do with putting forward a people’s alternative agenda and mobilizing the left and democratic forces based on it as was decided by its last Party Congress, but never implemented. It is nothing but an absurd drama. The Communists in India have to look beyond them and strive for building a mass people’s platform based on a people’s manifesto to defeat the fascist challenges and to advance towards people’s democracy and socialism. 
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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.