A WORLD TO WIN    #23   (1998)


We have received a number of statements or calls which were issued in early 1997 by Maoist Parties or Organizations of India on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Naxalbari rebellion. Excerpts from those are given below. — AWTW

Let the War Cry of Naxalbari Reverberate Ever More!.

Central Organizing Committee, Maoist Unity Centre, CPI(ML)

[MUC, CPI(ML) was formed in 22 April 1997 through the merger of the Kerala Communist Party and the Maharashtra Communist Party. These two organizations were formed after the liquidation of the Central Reorganization Committee, CPI(ML) when these comrades waged a resolute struggle against the liquidationist line of K. Venu. The MUC has then regrouped through the said merger by carrying out a thorough rupture from the revisionist line of K. Venu and with the perspective of reorganizing the CPI(ML) on the basis of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. The MUC, CPI(ML) upholds the Declaration of RIM and RIM̓s 1993 resolutions “Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism” and “On the World Situation”.]

Thirty years have passed since the revolutionary call to arms sounded from the village of Naxalbari. Its message was loud and clear — destroy the reactionary state by the force of arms; build the new state led by the proletariat which alone can guarantee an end to the exploitation and domination suffered by the oppressed masses.

India since Naxalbari has never been the same. Whether it be the struggle of Dalits against inhuman caste oppression; the struggle of oppressed nationalities against Indian domination; the struggle of women for emancipation; the struggle in academic circles for a materialist analysis of society; the struggle in the realm of culture for anti-imperialist, anti-feudal art and literature; or the struggle for basic democratic rights; Naxalbari marked a turning point and a brilliant revolutionary inspiration. It was always present, but at times indirectly, despite the blood bath of the reactionary state. The oppressed had stood up to overturn this world. For the first time they were led by a conscious grasp of proletarian ideology, developed under the leadership of Comrade Charu Mazumdar and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)(CPI(ML)).

Naxalbari hoisted the red flag of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought (today Maoism), the resolute enemy of all sorts of revisionism and centrism which dilute and shackle the revolutionary course. Naxalbari drew on the advanced lessons of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China led by Mao Tsetung. With this conscious grasp of ideology, the bow twangs of peasant revolutionaries in Naxalbari reverberated as mightypeals of spring thunder throughout India and even abroad.

Naxalbari firmly declared “No to elections; yes to people̓s war!” and broke away from the Communist Party Marxist/Communist Party of India parliamentary cretins and class collaborationists. It gained this firmness by breaking away from economism — the thinking which refuses to put the seizure of political power at the centre and always chants “first land then power” and ultimately ends up in the mire of reformism. Naxalbari marked the stage of New Democratic Revolution, directed against imperialism, the Savarna comprador-bureaucrat bourgeoisie and feudalism. Naxalbari laid down the path of people̓s war and the basis of a united front for seizing power through agrarian revolution, with worker-peasant unity as its axis. It inspired thousands of youth to go to the villages.

They did not follow the Gandhian path of engaging in reformism and sharing in reactionary power but integrated with the real toilers on the land, joining them in overturning this world of oppression and exploitation. Above all, Naxalbari gave the toiling masses their vanguard party, the CPI(ML).

Thirty years have passed; thirty more years of imperialist exploitation; thirty more years of the rotten all-India ruling class and the wretched parades of its political parties. It is high time to fully reclaim the heritage of Naxalbari, to unite all forces and struggles led by revolutionary Marxist-Leninist parties into a mighty torrent of New Democratic Revolution, as predicted by Naxalbari. In order to fully realize the immortal words of Comrade Charu Mazumdar — “Naxalbari has never died, it will never die” — It is time to go all-out.

Let the War Cry of Naxalbari Reverberate Ever More!

Seize Political Power Through Armed Agrarian Revolution!

Red Salutes to the Martyrs of Naxalbari!

Red Salutes to Comrade Charu Mazumdar !

Unite and Reorganize the CPI(ML) on the Basis of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

25 May 1997