‘Left should unite for masses’

HYDERABAD: In the present phase of capitalism, where the system is able to consolidate its monopoly over global economy, Marxian ideologies and practitioners have to make a new set of rules an

Published: 12th April 2012 03:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:28 PM   |  A+A-


Marxist-Leninist intellectual and senior journalist Sumanta Banerjee delivering Pyla Vasudeva Rao second memorial lecture on ‘Role of Left and Democra

HYDERABAD: In the present phase of capitalism, where the system is able to consolidate its monopoly over global economy, Marxian ideologies and practitioners have to make a new set of rules and tactics on an international scale to challenge that global monopoly, said Sumanta Banerjee, a well-known journalist and writer.

Speaking at the second Pyla Vasudeva Rao memorial lecture on 'The Role of the Left and Democratic Movements in Contemporary Indian Politics' conducted by Vasudeva Rao memorial committee here on Wednesday, Sumanta said, all left parties should come together and conduct debates and discourses to  unify left parties and help the masses participate in democratic movements.

"Irrespective of errors committed by left party leaders in Kerala, West Bengal and other states, all of them  have to come together and  work with democratic movements of Dalits, Adivasis and human rights activists across the country.” he said.

He emphasised that now is the era of reintegration in India to challenge global monopoly.

Naxalbari had brought together varied personalities and revolutionary cultures under the unified agenda of land struggle and annihilation of class enemy and differences among lines exist only in terms of conditions conducive for overthrow of state power.  But it is not enough for the present democratic movements like the Telangana movement, he said.

He sought to draw parallels between adivasis and radical revolutionaries, based on their commonly shared principles against private property and their ability to unite.

In Marxist thought, he sought to locate the direction and purpose for tribal struggles, as benefits of such fights would be lost in the absence of proletarian power.

Banerjee sought to question revolutionary parties as to their programme against the imperial agenda, their ability to assimilate the numerous alternative discourses, such as protection of environment and water bodies and their alternatives, if any, to the ideal of proletarian state by uniting all left parties and making a common agenda.

Varavara Rao, revolutionary poet-writer, Dr K Ramachandra Murthy, chief editor of HMTV and The Hans India,  Mallepally Lakshmaiah, senior journalist said that the late P Vasudeva Rao was a revolutionary who respected and had faith in the masses. They also said P Vasudeva Rao was unflinching in his revolutionary spirit till the very end. His absence will be felt at the moment when movements are being built against globalisation.

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