This document, Breaking the Barriers to Unity, is the product of the deliberations of the Enlarged Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India,
convened in New Delhi on January 24-25, 1998. It consists of two discussion papers, on the objective and subjective conditions of the working class movement respectively, and the plan of action of the CGPI based on the analysis of these conditions which was approved by the Enlarged Plenum.
- Where is the movement and what are our tasks?
- Indian Communist Movement—Situation and Prospects
- Plan of Action
In the penultimate year of the twentieth century, Indian society continues to be gripped by an all-sided crisis, characterised by the acute governmental crisis. The resistance of the working class and other oppressed masses of people to the worsening conditions of life continues to be manipulated by the bourgeoisie and its collaborators, as the communist movement remains divided.
Since 1992, when the CGPI decided to address the problems of restoring the unity of the Indian communist movement in the post-Cold War period, and since 1993 when the Third Consultative Conference was held and Whither India? was released for discussion, a lot of work has been done to establish the General Line of the communist movement. And the work has met with key successes. Today, Indian communists are no more isolated from each other. Many communists belonging to different parties are having consultations and exchanges with one another on a constant basis. The necessity of restoring communist unity has entered the consciousness of the broad sections of the workers and progressive forces. This is a positive development. However, the Indian communist movement has not yet emerged as the leader of the Indian working class movement, and the working class is yet to emerge at the head of the movement of the Indian people for thoroughgoing transformations. The next step towards restoring the unity of the Indian communist movement must be taken.
With this in mind, we begin the discussion here to chart the form and content of the ideological struggle so that the entire party is fully prepared to engage all communists and progressive forces in taking the next step. We want that our party puts the full force of its consciousness and organisation behind this work and wages the struggle in the communist movement. We want to set the work in a way such that we can measure our success by assessing the extent to which communists and advanced elements of the working class take up the aims we set here.
Our theory and ideology tell us that the transformation of India will be on the basis of a conscious movement of her people. There lies an entire process through which our Party as a part of the Indian communist movement, the Indian communist movement as the vanguard of the Indian working class, the class itself, and finally the people, acquire the consciousness and organisation to accomplish victory.
We will begin the discussion by assessing the present. An assessment of the present means to set the tasks to change the present. We will also discuss which social force must be called upon at this time to carry out this work and what methods will be used. In short, we want to emerge from here with a plan, a conscious and pro-active plan, to intervene in the present, so that the next step in the restoration of the unity of Indian communists is taken. The CC has convened this Enlarged Plenum to have maximum participation in arriving at the decisions, as a prelude to maximum mobilisation of the Party and all its reserves to complete the tasks that present themselves.
Cover photograph: Communist and people's unity figures.