Author: Balbir Punj

“In the Communist Party, no one resigns due to election results” claims Comrade Prakash Karat. Speaking to the press after his party’s Politburo discussed the electoral setback of the Marxists reduced from 16 to a mere nine, of which as many as eight are from Kerala.

The statement truly reflects the Communist ideology where the party is always right because it is supposed to be the “voice of the people”. Just look at what Karat says about the party’s disastrous performance: “what we have to take responsibility for is our failure to implement the political-organisational line, advance the party  and expand its mass base.  We have failed to do so.”

In other words the party line was always right, only the leaders fell behind in implementation. Surely that is the language of communism. The party, as Orwell would say, is never wrong; only the individuals falter. For, to accept that the party was wrong is to admit that it is not infallible.

And if it is not infallible, how do you justify all those killings—from the mass killings of Mao in China, to the elimination of millions in Soviet Russia under Stalin to the cadre using violence in West Bengal to the most recent cutting to piece of the Marxist leader T.P.Chandrasekharan in Kerala after he questioned the leadership about the debacle of the party in Kerala in 2009?

For the conspiracy and murder of “TP” in Kerala a court has given life imprisonment for many communist local leaders including a state committee member Kunhanandan. The state Marxist leader P. Vijayan insists that the case against the party leaders was a political ploy.

Neither Marxist national boss Karat nor Kerala state boss Pinarayi Vijayan will ever face truth. The Marxist ideology insists that truth is what the party says or does. How can the Marxists be wrong when they represent the “people”, speak for the “people” and the proletarian dialectics equates the party with the “people”?

However, all the dialectical arguments cannot always hide the truth.  Within the CPM Politburo, former Kerala Left Front chief minister V.S.Achuthanandan challenged the leadership ( for his own reasons as he has been estranged from the state leadership for years now) to tell the truth about the “TP” murder.

“The party has not been able to prove that it has no hand in this murder” VS thundered at the Politburo meeting . He insisted that the state party leader Kunhanandan found guilty by the court for the murder be thrown out of the party.

 Lot of skeletons have tumbled out of the Marxist cupboard in the speech of this dissident but tallest Kerala leader in the Politburo as he took care to write out his accusations.

Obviously the Press had easy access to this writing and  no body gave even one paisa for Marxist big boss Karat’s claim that VS’s speech was only one of many analysis of the party’s “setback”—not defeat, for how can Marxists be defeated as they are the “people’s voice”?

Karat and his cohorts have been the loudest in accusing the BJP of communalism.  But VS revealed how the Marxist leadership cotowed to Kerala’s most known communal leader and an accused in several terrorism related cases Abdul Naser Mahdani- currently in Bangalore jail for conspiring to detonate bomb at Chinnaswami stadium in that city.

In 2009 also the Marxists in Kerala and elsewhere suffered a serious defeat in the Lok Sabha election. The party later admitted that the genuflecting before Mahdani was one of the causes.

Despite the decimation of the Marxists the urge for attacking opponents has not been countered by the leadership.  The latest example was the midnight attack on a recently elected RSP MP Premachandran from Kollam constituency.

 The RSP had deserted the Left front after that party’s traditional seat was given to Marxist leader M.A.Baby who hit the dust in the electoral battle.

The ideological blinkers the Marxists wear prevent them from seeing ground realities. The party is going to take “correct measures” says Karat but they “are not based on the electoral setbacks but on the understanding that the Left’s mass base has shrunk.”  He hastens to add that this shrinkage is only a 2014 phenomenon and at the “all India level and not West Bengal alone.”

What he does not say is that this theme of Marxist base being confined to only three states has been running in all the party congresses for the last almost two decades.

Where are the communist leaders from S.A Dange in Maharashtra, Sundarayya in Andhra Pradesh who could at one time talk at prime ministers and presidents of other parties and be heard in silent adulation?

 The last of them was Sardar Harkishan Singh Surjeet  from  Punjab though his party in his home state was a marginal player.

For quite some years the party has no MP from Maharashtra, once its pocket bases expecially in the industrial area of Mumbai, Pune, Nasik etc. In Andhra the party had launched a violent Telengana movement in the 50s announcing a parallel government and produced several leaders like Sundarayya, Rajeshwar Rao, who had the last word in  selecting the party line.

In Tamil Nadu the CPI had to hang on to the AIADMK tail to beg for even one LS/RS seat in turn.  It is no where in the entire Hindi heartland. It is not even heard of in Gujarat where once Left leader like Indulal Yajnik  had led the Mahagurajart agitation in the 50s.

Karat’s talk of the party being the protector of the working class should make even the lizards laugh when in the industrial mining belt of Mumbai, Kanpur, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Ahmedabad, etc, its trade unions are only marginal players. It is the BMS which has now emerged over a decade ago as the authentic spokesman of the “working class”.

May be the continuous drubbing it has received in elections after elections, despite the brief summer of 2004-08 when its alignment with the UPA-1 gave it a voice unrelated to its size, has forced it to seek “appropriate political line”.

 More interesting is its Politburo decision to  “make a thorough study of the two decades of globalization on society”.  That is, after day in and day out condemning globalization as a US conspiracy against the working class.

The Marxist dogma after decades of condemning profit as dirty now has to come to terms with the capitalist economics. But that would be blasphemy for those who swear by Marx.  You might expect the Pope to give up the Bible rather than look forward to a Marxist confess that Marx is irrelevant in the globalizing economy.

(Writer is National Vice-President of BJP)

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