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8-th plenum of SOC, CPI(M-L)!

The 8-th plenum of the State Organising Committee (SOC), CPI (M-L)
commenced on April 22, 2010, and was concluded successfully on April
26, 2010. The date of commencement of the plenum coincided with the
the inaugural day of of the party, ie CPI (M-L) and also the birth day
of Comrade Lenin.

Delegates elected by the party units from all over Tamilnadu
participated in the plenum. A three member presidium unanimously
elected by the delegates, took charge of conducting the affairs of the
plenum. Paying homage to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives
for the people’s liberation in India as well as in various countries
of the world, the plenum set out to discuss and analyse in detail,
the international and internal political and economic situation, and
the significance of the developments and changes occuring therein, and
also made a critical analysis of the functioning of the party.

The plenum drew attention to the increasing dominance and stranglehold
of the finance capital over the real economy in the context of
implementation of the LPG policies, the causes and effects of the
subprime crisis- stock market crashes and the collapse of the
international banks, the state sponsored bail outs of the imperialist
finance capital, the rising mass struggles against these trends in all
the imperialist countries, the irredeemable economic stagnation, the
decline of the U.S super power, and its naked aggression on Iraq and
Afghanistan and explained them as the manifestation of the deepening
and widening of the crisis of the global capitalism, post world war
II, now engulfing the into a structural crisis devoid of recovery,
threatening the imperialist global system.

The plenum took care to point out that despite the intensification of
the crisis, neither the imperialist global system is in the verge of
collapse nor has it rescinded to a multi-polar equilibrium, devoid of
wars. It clarified that post world war II, the intensification of the
national liberation struggles in the colonial countries and the rising
tide of communism forced imperialism into adopt neo colonialism, ie
indirect forms of colonisation over the erstwhile colonies. The
emergence of superpowers from amongst the imperialist countries in the
seventies, the fall of USSR and the decline of socialism in the
eighties, and the globalisation of capital, production, market and the
division of labour facilitated by the scientific and technological
revolution have enabled imperialism to adopt an offensive tactic
against the oppressed countries – ie re-colonisation – under the aegis
of U.S, the unipolar global hegemon.

The plenum evaluated the political, economic and military strengths of
the super powers, viz US, EU, Japan and Russia, took note of their
unevenness, identified the specific spheres where the contradictions
amongst them is getting intensified, underlined the significance of
the challenge posed by the Sino-Russian alliance to the dollar
hegemony and outlined the possibilities for the intensification of the
contradictions and conflicts in the imperialist world under new
alliances. Thus through a concrete analysis of the international
situation, the plenum upheld the relevance of Leninism and held that
this is an era of imperialism and proletarian revolution.

Bringing into focus the valiant struggles waged by the masses against
re-colonisation in various countries of Asia, Africa and Latin
America, and the escalation of spontaneous anti capitalist street
protests of the proletariat in U.S, Japan and Europe and various
struggles of the farmers and the petit bourgeois, the plenum concluded
that the struggles symbolise the failure of capitalism and the re
emergence of communism, and emphasised the responsibility of the
proletariat to project socialism as the alternative. It also stressed
the need, in the context of the increasing globalisation of capital
and labour, of forging the unity of the international proletariat, the
building of regional alliances among the working class and the urgent
need of building up revolutionary communist parties.

Analysing the internal political and economic situation, the plenum
deplored the myth of high growth rate, concocted by the increased
inflow of the hot money of the FIIs, the stock market bubble and
growth of the services and the consumer products sector, all of which
were dependent on Imperialism and the finance capital. Focusing upon
the deterioration of the agricultural sector, the plenum observed
that, the reduction of public investment in agriculture, cut in
subsidies and loans, the steep fall in the grain production, the
deliberate termination of the state procurement and the privatisation
of the grain trade, encroachment of agricultural lands for
urbanization and industrialization, a policy of deliberate destruction
of agriculture to encourage urbanisation etc. are being implemented
with the avowed objective of handing over Indian agriculture into the
hands of multinational agri business corporations.

The plenum observed that the de-peasantisation of of agriculture,
farmers’ suicides, the steep decline of the share of agriculture in
the GDP, increasing regional and class disparities etc., are all
inalienable parts of the ‘development path’ pursued by the Indian
corporate capitalists that excludes the majority of the masses. It
also exposed that the ‘growth’ achieved by the corporate sector has
been achieved primarily through the aggression and appropriation of
the commons and the natural resources of the country. The plenum also
dealt with the new trend of Indian big business acquiring foreign
corporations, and corroborated them with the facts that the upper
strata of the Indian comprador bourgeosie, is propped up by the state
to become super rich, through tax exemptions, concessions and licence
to loot public property. It concluded that the growth of the upper
echelon of Indian big business does not signify their losing the
comprador character, but only demonstrates the fact that they have
become transnational comprador bourgeois.

The plenum also dealt with the structural changes being introduced
into the indian state structure. The control excercised by the
International finance organizations over the macro economic policies
of the state through Finance sector liberalization and capital account
liberalisation, the infusion of market rationality into the structures
of the state, and the subversion of democratic practice to suit the
capitalist market laws, the reorganization of state structures
including police, judiciary and administration to suit the
requirements of re-colonisation, are the structural changes that
institutionalised fascism in the garb of democracy. While the Laws of
the global economic order imposed from above by the superpowers
actually govern the rules of administration, the Indian constitution,
the plenum explained, is rendered to be a mere piece of paper.

The plenum further elucidated upon the modus operandi through which
the changes are effected in the state structures. Banking upon the
contempt of the people towards the politicians, caused by the
degeneration of parliamentary democracy, transferring the decision
making powers into the hands of bureaucracy, eulogising them to be
professionals and elevating them to political leadership, treating the
decisions of the professional consultancy firms to be final, depicting
their decisions to be scientific, professional and impartial and
concealing their subservient role towards international financial
institutions, injecting the corporate capitalist class directly into
the state apparatus in the name of downsizing the state, bringing the
local bodies directly under the surveillance of World Bank in the
guise of promoting autonomy, recognising the non governmental
organisations as partners of state power in the name of grassroot
democracy, using them as the fifth columns to buy consent for
privatisation measures at the local level and institutionalizing and
corrupting people’s dissent, poisoning people’s consciousness by
diffusing collective spirit and infusing self-development goals
through self-help groups, achieving ideological disintegration of the
forces inclined towards communism and diluting their anti-imperialist
resistance with the slogan ‘Another world is possible!’ et all, the
plenum noted that, are parts of the ‘structural reforms package’.

It also underlined the unanimity amongst all the parliamentary
political parties from Cong and the BJP to the CPI and CPM, in
implementing the neo liberal policies, and the slogan of Good
Governance put forward by the international finance capital, being
endorsed and upheld by these parties as their only principle. The mask
of the welfare state withering away, and the parliament visibly
turning into a billionaire’s club causing disillusionment amongst the
masses, the plenum pointed out, that the ruling classes deliberately
unleash a neo liberal ideological offensive, instigate caste and
religious chauvinism and promote cultural degeneration in order to
divert people from resorting to a revolutionary path. The plenum also
warned that the Brahmanic hindu fascism has not weakened, though it
has suffered a setback owing to electoral defeats.

The plenum pointed out, that the Indian state, that brands and crushes
the nationality struggles and the class struggles as terrorism and
Anti development, has willingly allied itself with the U.S war
machine, and this alliance is in sync with the expansionist
aspirations of the Indian comprador bourgeosie. Drawing attention
towards the Indian intervention in Nepal and Srilanka, the plenum
called upon the proletariat of the South Asian region to unite against
the Indian State, that has emerged as a fortress of reaction in this

The plenum asserted that though the immediate aim of the Operation
Green Hunt, unleashed against Maoists by the Indian state, is to hand
over the mineral rich Dankaranya region to the multinational mining
giants, the ultimate aim of this offensive is to crush the Naxalbari
movement, emerging and gaining credence as the political alternative
to recolonisation. The plenum urged the need for the naxalbari
revolutionaries to unite into a single party, more so, in the context
of being identified by the enemies as the gravest internal security

Following the discussions on the international and internal
situations, the plenum took up the review of organisation. The debates
were held with a perspective of criticism and self criticism,
conducted in a democratic manner and a spirit of comradarie permeated
all through the discussion. After the discussions, the plenum went
ahead and unanimously elected the new state organising committee and
its secretary. The delegates pledged to expedite party building,
expand the base of the party and to intensify mass struggles against
the re-colonisation offensive of the enemies. The five day session was
concluded with the singing of the proletarian Internationale.

Courtesy: Puthiya Jananayagam, May 2010 issue


Spring Thunder is an unofficial initiative to document the
publications of People’s Art and Literary Association (PALA), the New
Democratic Labour Front (NDLF), the Peasants Liberation Front (PLF),
the Revolutionary Students Youth Front (RSYF) and Women’s Liberation
Front (WLF) which are functioning in Tamilnadu, India. It publishes
translations of articles published in revolutionary Tamil magazines,
Puthiya Jananayagam (New Democracy) and Puthiya Kalacharam (New
Culture).It upholds Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought.