India's communist movement turns a century
New Delhi, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) One hundred years ago the first unit of the Communist Party of India was formed in Tashkent, former Soviet Union, through a birth and development intertwined with the struggle for independence of the highly populated South Asian country.
The best and fiercest fighters, belonging to several currents of the independence movement, joined the Communist Party for its anti-imperialist role and many of them faced severe repression and years imprisonment or even died in the anti-feudal and anti-imperialist struggle, the Peoples Democracy website reported.
After independence, the new ruling class -the bourgeois and landlord alliance- turned its back on the mission of the democratic revolution and used the power of the state to embark on the path of capitalist development.
The Communist Party took on the role of democratizing agricultural relations by working on making the slogan of 'the land for the farmer' a reality, and these struggles led the first communist ministry in the Indian state of Kerala and left-wing governments in West Bengal and Tripura to implement agrarian reforms. On the other hand, Indian communists emerged as the most consistent defenders of secularism and democracy in the political system.
The national setting changed after the ruling classes adopted neoliberal policies three decades ago, according to the portal.
However, the Indian communists, working in class and mass organizations, play a leading role in mobilizing resistance to these policies and in achieving unity of the working class in the face of the neoliberal offensive.
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