The different positions adopted by the LEFT Parties on the issue of the Presidential election will not affect Left Unity, argues Comrade Prakash Karat.
The hunger strike launched by Anna Hazare in Delhi has led to an outpouring of support from all over the country. The agitation for a Jan Lokpal Bill has found support predominantly from the urban middle classes and a substantial section of youth belonging to this strata. There is no doubt that since the first hunger strike launched by Anna Hazare in April, the anti-corruption movement has gained momentum.
The CPI(M) will undertake a comprehensive review of the results to identify the causes which have led to the erosion of support for the Left Front and the political shift that has taken place in West Bengal. The CPI (M) will, after the critical examination of the election results, orient itself towards taking up the issues of the basic classes and fighting for the interests of the working people. The political platform of the Left which includes the fight against the neo-liberal economic policies, defending the livelihood of the people, defence of national sovereignty and secularism remains as the only alternative political platform for the country as against those of the ruling class parties like the Congress and the BJP. General Secretary of the CPI(M), Prakash Karat writes.
Paper Presented by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on "Victor Kiernan and the Left in India" at the Conference in honour of Victor Kiernan, Cambridge University, October 22, 2010
In the recent period, alongwith a number of critical discussions on the electoral set-back suffered by the CPI (M) and the Left in last Lok Sabha elections, there have been some questions raised about the practice of democratic centralism as the organizational principle of the Communist Party. Such critiques have come from persons who are intellectuals associated with the Left or the CPI (M).
Is the practice and principle of "Democratic Centralism" to organise a communist party, relevant anymore to today's times? What does the practice entail? Is it necessary to modify the principle and practice? Or as some claim, to do away with it? Or indeed to persist with it?
Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) answers critiques of the principle, written as part of various articles on broad issues by eminent thinkers - Javeed Alam, Prabir Purkayastha and Prabhat Patnaik. All the articles are posted here.
The Congress Party and the corporate media are attacking the Left for calling the All India hartal on 5th July. Such attacks will not deter the Left parties from rising against the anti-people policies of UPA to safeguard the interests of aam admi.
The Left Front government completes its 33rd year of existence - a historic landmark -tomorrow on June 21st. CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat writes on the occasion. Article courtesy, People's Democracy
Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), writes on the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill in light of the gross injustice that continues to pervade the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its aftermath. Also attached is letter by former foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon to William Burns, undersecretary of state, US Department of State in September 2008, which unequivocally states the Indian government's willingness to enforce a liability regime of the US' liking before commencement of nuclear ties. Image, courtesy AP
The UPA-II government is completing one year of its tenure on May 22. What has it meant for the aam admi? How does it compare with the first one year of the previous UPA government which ran on Left support? Prakash Karat writes on UPA-II's yearlong record. He argues that relentless food inflation and the pursuit of neoliberal and pro-imperialist policies have fuelled mass struggles and made the Government vulnerable.