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Updated: April 8, 2012 03:15 IST

CPI(M) deliberates on native socialism model

K. V. Prasad
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CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and party leaders Biman Bose, Manik Sarkar and Sitaram Yechury at the 20th party congress in Kozhikode on Saturday.
PTI CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and party leaders Biman Bose, Manik Sarkar and Sitaram Yechury at the 20th party congress in Kozhikode on Saturday.

Focus is on strengthening political alternative, says Yechury

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday began attending to the task of acquiring greater clarity on ideological issues and coming up with a socialism model rooted in Indian conditions and not replicated from any system practised in other countries.

Having studied systems in China, Russia, North Korea, South Africa, Cuba, Venezuela and drawing lessons from them, the CPI(M) prepared a draft resolution that would come up for vote at the ongoing party congress here on Sunday.

“We need socialism for India not based on conditions in Russia or China… we are learning from their experience and applying what is relevant to Indian conditions. We are not saying their [other countries] path is right or wrong…the birth of the CPI(M) is based on the major issue of path of revision of socialist trend …,” Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told the media.

Elaborating on the thrust of the resolution that he moved before the congress, Mr. Yechury said it took stock of developments in the world over the last two decades, interpreted the current global challenges and how various countries were meeting them.

Political alternative

“Focus is on how to strengthen the political alternative in India. The objective is to transform the situation and the subjective situation is to have a political alternative to replace the capitalist [form].”

He said the current economic crisis showed that the capitalist approach was not capable of overcoming it but was leading from one crisis to another. Globalisation was leading to inequality with the International Labour Organisation terming it ‘jobless growth.'

For instance, he said, loss of purchasing power had led to a problem — if goods produced were not sold, capitalists would suffer, and they offered cheap credit that resulted in a sub-prime crisis in the United States. Bailout by the government was for those financial giants who caused the economic meltdown.

“From corporate insolvency [it led to] to sovereign insolvency,” Mr. Yechury said, pointing out that the crisis in Europe, which began in Greece, was seeing more countries being drawn in and to overcome sovereign crisis, austerity measures were being applied in the form of wage cuts for the working class with longer hours of work.

Term limit

The meeting will also deliberate on an important amendment to the party Constitution that seeks to introduce a three-term limit for all secretaries, including general secretary. The amendment when carried would mean that all those holding the post, including Prakash Karat, cannot continue beyond three terms. Each term lasts normally three years, the period between two party congresses.

Mr. Karat was elected in 2005 at the New Delhi congress and re-elected at Coimbatore three years later. In view of the Assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal, the party postponed the 20 edition of the congress to this year.

Responding to questions on fixing responsibility for electoral reverses, the Polit Bureau member said the organisation practised “collective functioning and individual responsibility.”

My suggestions ... 1. The most important and primary goal is to develop th growth across the country 2 . Provide equal education upto 10th standard with a single common syllabus and the govt education must be of equal standard o private edu...cation. 3. Provide health facilities in a similar way. 4. Concentrate on the manufacturing industry to meet the basic needs and thus fully utilise the demographic dividend. 5. Concentrate on efficiency and non- corruption .

Basically it means that you provide equal opportunities to the entire country including the last man and ths leads to an equitable society which any Communist .. Maoist or Marxist or CPI OR ANY OTHER NAMED , wants .

from:  nuthakki
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 21:21 IST

The challenge in all countries including the US is finding the third way to address the failures of crony capitalism and classical communism. Societies are far too complicated to package within any one ideology, however scientific it may sound. Due to the dynamism of individuals, societies and people's never ending quest for improving physical comforts, political parties must not be fixated upon one ideology. It will be worthwhile if the Indian 'communists' take a closer look at the Scandinavian model. Although Scandinavian countries are tiny in demographic terms, the principles of their economy and governance have a lot to offer. The model has worked reasonably well at least until now.

from:  Sathya
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 16:16 IST

The communist parties in a democratic country has limitations to follow their own ideologies, but they tend to adapt to the situation so as to bring changes. They are more socialists than communists. But I agree completely with amaruvi's last sentence - "So long as the communists continue to pretend to ignore the cultural nationalism of India, they will continue to lose relevance increasingly"

from:  aswin
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 11:50 IST

dear Amaruvi, it is absurd to say the ideology of communism is dead. Yes, the communist governments fell apart not due to its own failure; blame it on the lack of motivation of those governments and their people to maintain the system and this has lead to the autocratic dictatorship in these countries. Good communism which existed in many countries were destroyed by the undercurrents caused by the cold war.
On the verbal calisthenics you observe on CPIM, I could only say that the only party in India which tend to speak with common sense is CPIM. You agree or not, it is the case. Yes, I agree your point that CPIM should show to the people how their ideology is different from congress and TMC. What Achuthananthan told was FDI must be allowed, but limited to certain domains only instead opening up the complete market for them. He was against inviting FDI into institutions like LIC(one of the most profit making institution of India) which could destabilize our economy.

from:  aswin
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 11:48 IST

CPI(M) led by Karats and Yechuri should have thanked people of WB for retaining them in power for so long. When a party is led by people who are thankless, snob, ignorant of ground realities , go by their "theory" and hate to admit their role in decline, that party's fortune is bound to fall.All efforts were engineered in Kerala and WB to cut the leaders with mass-bases to size. So many of their party workers laid down their lives and seeing conditition of their party, they must be shedding their tears in frustrations, in their heavenly abode.While the party was on decline , the "leader" was busy in Nepal affairs.However Karats and Yechury felt honoured at being invited at Raja Bhaiya's swearing-in-ceremony.

from:  Saradindu Basu
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 11:22 IST

My suggestions ... 1. The most important and primary goal is to develop th growth across the country 2 . Provide equal education upto 10th standard with a single common syllabus and the govt education must be of equal standard o private education . 3 . Provide health facilities in a similar way . 4 . Concentrate on the manufacturing industry to meet the basic needs and thus fully utilise the demographic dividend .5 . Concentrate on efficiency and non- corruption .

Basically it means that you provide equal opportunities to the entire country including the last man and ths leads to an equitable society which any Communist .. Maoist or Marxist or CPI OR ANY OTHER NAMED , wants .

from:  nuthakki
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 11:22 IST

Finally these intellectually incompetent folks have realized that Marxism was advocated in a
different age (before even radio broadcasts), in a different place, under a different set of
circumstances. Welcome to the 21st century and think Indian!

from:  Rajinikanth
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 10:08 IST

No amount of white washing would hide the fact that communism as an ideology has died its natural death. The examples of Russia, China and of all states North Korea, where there is dictatorship that is followed in place of rule by the proletariate are cases in point.
The CPI(M), instead of indulging in verbal calisthenics, should introspect as to how they are different from say the Congress or the TMC. While Atchudanandhan wants FDI in Kerala, he deosn't want it for India. Same was the case with Buddhadev. So what kind of deceit is this theory called communism ?
So long as the communists continue to pretend to ignore the cultural nationalism of India, they will continue to lose relevance increasingly and would soon become history like Marx and Lenin.

from:  Amaruvi Devanathan
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 09:04 IST

I believe it is time for CPI(M) to project young and dynamic leaders. Specially in Bengal, Mamata's antics have started swaying people against her and time is ripe for CPI(M) to cash in. CPI(M) needs to make people believe that they can be progressive, sensible and credible, unlike any other political party.

from:  Abhi
Posted on: Apr 8, 2012 at 08:07 IST
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