I am writing in response to the report in the April 1-15, 2012 issue of MEL on the conference that took place in Chennai on February 26, 2012 on the “Way forward for the working class”. I am delighted to know that there was a tremendous response from sections of the working class and among Communists who had attended the conference. Indeed, it is very important in this period for continuous discussion to take place as to the role of the working class in the future, as the capitalist system lurches from one crisis to another. Clarity on the role of the working class is an important factor that will determine the outcome of ongoing struggles. Indeed, it is also important to continuously point out that there can be half-way path between capitalism and communism, a line that is being advanced in sections of the working class, indeed through the activities of such forces as the CPI (M). The history of the last couple of centuries has shown that such a path is not possible. Thus, it is important for the CGPI to take this ideological struggle forward and to settle the question once and for all. I was also delighted to learn that it was pointed out in no uncertain terms that the main enemy of the peasantry as well as that of the working class is the capitalist class, led by monopoly capitalists. This is a question on which a lot of confusion has been created in the revolutionary camp and in the communist movement in India. Therefore, an elaboration on this question is an important theoretical question for us in the CGPI. I was pleased to know that a vibrant discussion took place on the question of the nature of the worker-peasant alliance that must be struck in the coming years. Indeed, as the work continues greater clarity will arise on this very central issue. It was also enlightening to know that discussion took place on the nature of the Chinese revolution, and the theoretical elaboration on the question of the establishment of capitalism in China under the banner of joint dictatorship of several classes. Thus, it is clear that the path of revolution is fraught with dangers and diversions. It is my belief that conferences of the type that took place in Chennai are an important landmark in the history of communist work in the country. I would like to congratulate the CGPI for organizing this timely conference.
Sincerely, Narayan, Bangalore