05 November 2019

The Central Committee of the CPI(ML) Red Star has taken up the challenge of observing the centenary of the Communist movement in India when Communism and communist parties are facing vicious attacks from all forces of reaction. The imperialists and their think tanks point out  the severe setbacks suffered by the international communist movement after reaching a stage when it looked like the “East wind of socialism shall defeat the west wind of imperialism” as Mao Tsetung stated in 1955. Again, they asked what happened to the powerful mainstream communist parties like CPI and CPI(M) in India who have  degenerated to social democratic positions following the Soviet revisionist path. The CPI(ML)like parties, formed by the communist revolutionaries challenging the revisionists, also disintegrated following the left adventurist line they followed. As a result, internationally and nationally the communist movement is not strong enough to challenge the imperialist camp and its lackeys who are intensifying the loot of the working class and the oppressed people and the nature through neoliberal/corporatization policies, impoverishing the masses and devastating the nature.

Following the 2008 crisis, the imperialist system is going through a cycle of crises. Finding it difficult to overcome these crises, most of the rightist parties which were in power are now replaced by the ultra rightist, neo-fascist forces in an increasing number of countries. In this situation, to cover up their own crises, the reactionary camp has further intensified the attacks on the communist movement. While organizing the Century of the Communist International during 1917-18, we had already pointed out that the communist movement can overcome the present setbacks and once again strengthen the revolutionary movement all over the world only by intensifying the ideological political offensive against the imperialist forces and their lackeys on the one hand, and waging uncompromising ideological struggle against both right opportunist and left adventurist deviations within the movement on the other. As pointed out by the Resolution on Theoretical Offensive adopted by the 10th Congress of the CPI(ML) Red Star, it calls for thorough evaluation of the past experiences and developing the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism according to present situation. The Central Committee of Red Star has called for observing the centenary of the communist movement in India with this perspective, with the expectation that it will provide an opportunity for the communist revolutionaries to come together and forge unity in the process of this theoretical offensive.

Explaining the significance of this campaign focusing on the centenary of the communist movement in India we have already published articles in the July and November issues of issue of Red Star monthly. Earlier, an overview of the experience of the Indian communist movement was also published to help this discussion.  As the first program of this campaign, a meeting was organized on 17th October at Bhagat Singh Hall, Delhi.

We invite all communist revolutionary forces and friends to actively participate in the theoretical offensive for self-critically evaluating our past experiences, developing the theory and practice of revolution according to concrete conditions and to advance towards rebuilding the communist movement. n

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.