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CPI (M)-Challenging Times

Will the CPI(M) live up to the task of successfully uniting all secular and democratic forces to defeat semi-fascism?

The 22nd Party Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)—CPI(M), held in Hyderabad from 18 to 22 April 2018, exuded a nerve and self-confidence not witnessed in the last two such proceedings in 2015 and 2012. With the Marx anniversaries in the air—150 years since the first volume of Marx’s Das Kapital was first published in September 1867, and 200 years since his birth on 5 May 1818—and an appealing sketch of the man alongside the cover pages of the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital on the banner of the podium at the Party Congress, starry-eyed, one might even cherish the hope that the CPI(M) may take the revolutionary road. The old man might just be reminding the comrades that his ideas, stripped of their revolutionary essence, will not have the power to survive. Will they heed such wisdom?

With semi-fascism on the anvil if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gets another term in office following the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the CPI(M) has resolved to “defeat the BJP and its allies by rallying all the secular and democratic forces,” even going in for a tactical understanding with the Congress party to achieve that objective. The political line in the draft political resolution placed before the Party Congress was replete with persuasions to engage in “united actions … united struggles … joint movements … the widest mobilization of all secular and democratic forces … building unity of people to fight the communal forces at the grassroots … broad unity to fight against the authoritarian attacks on democratic rights … appropriate electoral tactics to maximize the pooling of anti-BJP votes.”

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Updated On : 2nd May, 2018
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