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Central Organ of CPI(ML)
Volume 10 November 2009 Issue 11 English Monthly
Rs. 10/-
 
Rs. 10/-
 
RED STAR
 
Platform for Communist Revolutionaries
 
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November 2009
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Maharashtra Election Results
T
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Maharashtra elections are over. Once again,the results reflect that though people want a change,there is really no alternative. We can sum up the results bysaying that the BJP-SS combine failed even more than theCongress.The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has won 13 seats.Of these 6 were from Mumbai and 3 from Nashik, both majorurban centres. All these were traditionally Shiv Sena seats.Dadar, Mahim, Sewri were areas from where the Shiv Senahad never lost in the last 30 years. Electing the MNS fromthese areas was in the nature of a way for the electorate toshow their disgust against the Shiv Sena. This also reflectshow the Shiv Sena has moved from being a representativeof the petty bourgeois lumpen force to being a moresanitised corporatised organisation seeking to representthe big bourgeoisie of this country. They no more appealto the petty bourgeoisie. That is why in the main urbancentres, they are losing their base to the MNS which isusing the fascistic rhetoric of the “Marathi manoos” more.The third front, as we had stated, was a non-starter. 4seats were won by the SP, 4 by the Peasants and WorkersParty in their traditional areas of Pen and Raigad and theCPI(M) won in Dahanu on the basis of the 60 years oldGodavari Parulekar’s struggle there. With two other sundrywinners, their tally stood at 11.The Congress-NCP combine having won 144 seats,does not require any support for forming the Government.Already, within two days of the elections, prices havestarted to rise in Maharashtra again and, there being noelections for the next four years, either to the Lok Sabha orthe Assembly, we can expect unbridled burden being putupon the common man, in the form of price rise, slumdemolitions, etc.Our party put up two candidates in Maharashtra, onefrom Naigaon constituency in Nanded district and anotherfrom Karanja constituency in Vashim district. Com. LaxmanSontakke, member of the State Committee, who stood fromNaigaon secured 6238 votes and Com. Sawke from Vashimsecured 2162. This was in spite of the fact that in Vashim,our work is very new and we have not even, to date, formedany District Committee there. In both constituencies ourcandidates secured more votes than some national partieslike the BSP. It was a marked improvement on our last attemptin Maharashtra, in 2004, when we had put up only onecandidate and won less than 1000 votes.The Maharashtra elections have to be seen in thebackground of one of the lowest poll percentages in history.There is a deep sense of disgust and apathy. The peoplewant change. They certainly did not re-elect the CongressGovernment for the third time out of enthusiasm and fortheir good governance. Farmers are still committing suicide,factories are still closing down, hutments are still beingdemolished and prices are rising like never before. In spiteof this, there is no viable alternative before the people.
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FTER
Singur, Nandigram and Lalgarh followedby the severe drubbing in Lok Sabha polls the CPI(M)in W. Bengal is in panic. It has found that unless it repeatsits game of breaking the electoral unity of TrinamulCongress (TMC) with the Congress as it had successfullydone in past polls, a combined TMC-Congress challengein 2011 assembly elections will unseat it from power after35 years of uninterrupted rule. So the
bhadralok 
, the pettibourgeoisie, leading CPI(M) are ready to go to any extentto break TMC, Congress unity.This is what happened in the elections to the mayor’spost in Siliguri Municipal Corporation Board. In theelections to the Board the TMC-Congress combine hadcaptured 30 out of 47 seats. But as both wanted mayorshipthe election to this post got postponed. It was at this timethe CPI(M) played a cunning game. Recognising thatCongress in not ready to surrender its domination in North
CPI(M): Panic measure tosave its Bengal Governmen
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Bengal to TMC, CPI(M) unconditionally supported theCongress nominee and got her elected in the election tothe post.It has seriously hurt Mamata Banarjee and herfollowers who are crying hoarse about the Congressbetrayed. For few days CPI(M)’s game had succeeded tocreate a division between TMC and Congress. But as thecentral leadership of the Congress recognised theseriousness of the mistake of their local leaders, in spite of all the arrogance of Mamata and her party, it has takensteps for reconciliation. If it works out CPI(M)’s cunninggame will get shattered.The Siliguri incident shows how much the CPI(M) hasdegenerated, like any other ruling class party, in its bid tosustain its rule. It is ready to go to any vulgar extent for it,even while claiming to oppose the policies of the Congress-led government at the centre.
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RED STAR
 
Platform for Communist Revolutionaries
 
v
November 2009
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Edited, Printed,Published & Owned by
K.N. Ramachandran
R-8, Prathap MarketJangpura-B,New Delhi - 110014Phone : (011) 24370233
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Our Web Site : www.cpiml.in
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Assimilate lessons of GreatOctober Socialist Revolution4
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Boldly Confront the Challenge ofRuling Reactionary System4
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On Indian-born Scientist SharingChemistry nobel5
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Neo-Colonialism and theWorking Class6
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CPI(ML) Orissa StateConference10
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Kolkata: Seminar on “Neo-colonialism and the Left”12
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Kolkata: Seminar on “Neo-colonialism and the Left12
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Jharkhand State Conference14
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Karnataka State Conference14
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Kerala State Conference15
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Ecological questions come tothe fore17
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Political Scene After AssemblyElection18
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Jet Airways Pilot Strike20
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The Winter of Our Austerity23 
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An
Yellowish Mao 
is the Symbolof Present China24
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Two Tactics of Social Democracyin the Democratic Revolution27
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Resurrecting The OldRevisionism In A New Guise34
Contents
Make All India SpecialConference of CPI(ML)a Great Success
W
E
are just on the eve of the All India Special conference of CPI(ML)at Bhopal which is going to be a significant step forward in thelong history of the Indian communist movement. The ReceptionCommittees at Bhopal led by new generation comrades and all the statecommittees are giving final touches to the arrangements to make theconference a great success. After the 2009 January 21
st
CC meeting gavethe call to organize the Conference and the June CC meeting finalized thedraft documents, from 1
st
July the Conference process was started,beginning with the Party branch conferences. It was followed by local,area, district and state level conferences publishing the four basic draftdocuments, along with the Political Organizational Report of the CC from2003 and the Political Resolution in different languages and involving allthe Party membership in the process. When many of the organisationscalling themselves communist have abandoned or severely curtailed sucha process, this itself is a significant step forward..Besides, broadening the democratic process, all these drafts weremade available to the fraternal parties abroad, fraternal organisations inIndia, to a large number of sympathizers and friends of the Party for theircomments, suggestions and criticisms. Further a series of Seminars areorganized to discuss various aspects of neo colonisation in public, inorder to broaden the understanding about the transformation of imperialistplunder from colonial to neo-colonial phase and its consequences.Our country is presently going through a critical period when all theinternal contradictions are unprecedentedly sharpening and the objectiveconditions for people’s upsurges are ripening fast. At this juncture theCommunist Party can be rebuilt uniting all the genuine communist forcesand individuals on Bolshevik lines only by finding out the ideological,political, organisational reasons for the decay that set in and the severeset backs suffered by the international and Indian communist movementduring the last five decades. This effort also includes the development ofthe ideological-political line based on Marxist-Leninist teachingsaccording to present concrete conditions. This special conference is asignificant step in that direction. It shall provide the basis for organizingthe Ninth Congress of the Party as early as possible, broadening thepresent understanding and expanding the Party at all India level.The Conference shall also discuss and develop the steps already takenfor initiating the reorganization of the Communist International unitingthe Marxist-Leninist forces to unify, broaden and strengthen the strugglesat international level against heinous, pernicious and barbarous movesof US-led imperialist forces to impose neo-colonial slavery and hegemonyover the world people.We once again appeal to all democratic forces the left masses in thecountry, to the working class and the peasantry, to all revolutionary classesand sections to actively co-operate in the efforts of the Party to make theSpecial Conference a great success.

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