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CPI-ML New Democracy

A study note on  Transition of agriculture & Marxist problematic after publication of Capital (1867)

Dr Amitabha Chakrabarti

‘Philosophers  have hitherto only interpreted  the world in different ways; the point is to change it.’ – Marx

I dedicate this talk to the memories of our martyrs who have dedicated their lives to fight against the MNC–Corporate-State nexus of Forceful occupation of Land, Forest & Water bodies (Jal- Zamin –Jungal). To Those who have dedicated their lives for the emancipation of toiling masses.

(This paper was presented at Marx Bicentenary Meeting held in Kolkata on May 5, 2018)

The question of agricultural transition in ‘Capital’ is based primarily on Marx’s concept of the law of value and his analysis of ground rent. This study is mostly based on the experience of Western Europe with its classic form in England. Marx’s Studies on agricultural transition in places other than western Europe are less discussed. Kautsky in his famous writing on capitalism & agriculture talked about the relation between capital, precapital and noncapital within the capitalist society. He discussed on transition in some of the East European societies. Lenin praised Kautsky’s writing on this issue. An analysis of the relationship between agriculture and capital beyond West Europe is very important to understand the transition of agriculture in India.
The central concept of Marx’s work on capitalist transition of agriculture consists of: the law of value, equalization of rates of profit and ground rent.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

Homage to Com. Vaskar Nandy !

General Secretary of PCC, CPI(ML) Com. Vaskar Nandy died in the morning of May 4, 2018. He was 80 years old. He was suffering from throat cancer for some time.

Com. Nandy had already come into contact with progressive movement during his studies abroad and participated in demonstrations against Vietnam war there. He has been a participant in the ML movement for five decades attracted by Naxalbari peasant armed struggle. Over this period he contributed in developing ML movement particularly in the Eastern India, especially in Assam where he led the development of extensive party organization and mass base. Despite his old age and ill health, Com. Nandy worked to organize tea plantation workers in Assam and North Bengal. Com. Nandy became a member of the Central Committee of the CPI(ML) when Unity Committee of CPI(ML) united with Central Committee of CPI(ML) to form PCC, CPI(ML) in 1977.

Com. Nandy struggled with problems faced by the revolutionary movement. He had knowledge, vision and strength of his conviction.

Of late, he was very keen to develop joint activities among the communist revolutionaries especially to fight RSS-BJP’s drive towards fascism.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy pays its homage to Com. Vaskar Nandy and offers condolences to the leaders and cadres of PCC, CPI(ML) and his family members.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

Relevance of Marxism to the contemporary world

(On the occasion of Birth bicentenary of Karl Marx, CPI(ML)-New Democracy organized a meeting in Hyderabad on May 5, 2018. Rajani Desai was invited to speak in the meeting along with others. She could not attend but sent the following paper to the organizers. Her paper is being published here. -Editor)
Dear friends,
On this, the occasion of 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, I thank you for your invitation to speak about the relevance of Marxism to the contemporary world. I am sorry that I am unable to attend due to a fracture, and hence am sending this message.
To be frank, I am somewhat overwhelmed by the scale of the topic itself. Marxism encompasses our conception of the world; our understanding of political economy, which is the underpinning of the entire social order; as well as our conception of the social order that must replace the present order. To say anything cogently about such a vast subject is very difficult.
Before we come to the question of the relevance of Marxism to the contemporary world, let us briefly cast a glance back at the last 150 years since Marx completed the first volume of his magnum opus, Capital.
Fifty years after the publication of that work, Marxism inspired workers to set up the world’s first socialist state in the largest country of the world, and later inspired workers and peasants to do so in the most populous country of the world.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

CPI(ML)-New Democracy Strongly Condemns Killings of CPI(Maoist) Cadres and Tribal People in Gadchiroli

Central Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns killing of cadres of CPI(ML)-Maoist and tribal people in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra on April 22 & 23, 2018. Central and State Govts. are resorting to brutal tactics to suppress the struggle of tribal people in Dandakarnya region under the leadership of communist revolutionaries. These killings reflect the repression let loose by the ruling classes against the people’s struggles particularly against the struggles led by communist revolutionaries.

Killing of the injured and unarmed tribals in the name of ‘éncounter’ with CPI(Maoist) cadres has become a routine template of the security forces in their all out war against the people in these regions. It is part of their efforts to take control of the mineral rich region through physically eliminating the communist revolutionaries and rendering tribals leaderless and helpless and thereby incapable to resist the onslaught of the ruling classes, foreign and domestic corporate. In these attacks the security forces keep no regard of the democratic rights of the people. They do not respect even the laws of war though they themselves claim to be at war with CPI (Maoist).

Killing of unarmed tribals in cold blooded murders is not accidental but a deliberate act to terrorize the tribals who are also arrested on trumped up charges and incarcerated in jails for long periods of time.… Read More

IFTU Trade Union

Organize May Day Meetings on the occasion of Bi-centenary birth anniversary of Karl Marx

                             INTENSIFY WORKING CLASS STRUGGLES

Three years before the events that took place in 1886 in Chicago leading to the May Day, one of the worlds greatest teachers of the working class, one who said that the source of capitalist profit was the surplus value produced by the unpaid labour of the workers,one who propounded the theory of the class struggle as motive force of social change and underlined the historic role of the working class as the builder of socialism passed away in London on 14th March,1883. “On 14th March, at quarter to three in the afternoon, the greatest living thinker ceased to think. He had been left alone for scarcely two minutes and when we came back we found him in armchair, peacefully gone to sleep, but forever.” This was Engels, his close associate, speaking at the grave of the revolutionary thinker, Karl Marx on 17th March. He further stated that “His name will endure through the ages and so also his work.” This statement by Engels on the death of Marx was made in London some 135 years ago and the subsequent years to the present prove the correctness of that statement. Marx and his works have indeed endured the ages.

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Report on Unnao Rape by Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS), Delhi

A fact finding team of Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS) Delhi visited Unnao Dist. in Uttar Pradesh on the 15th and 16th of April 2018. Advocate Shobha( President of PMS Delhi), Adv. Poonam (General Secretary, PMS Delhi) and Adv. Mamta (member, PMS Delhi) were its members. The PMS Delhi decided to send this team to Unnao to get a deeper understanding of the facts and sequence of events regarding the news of rape of a minor by MLA Kuldeep Singh and the killing of her father being reported in the newspapers and in other media. Along with meeting the survivor and her family, this team also met the relatives of the accused MLA and the villagers of the concerned Makhi village of Dist. Unnao. The team also spoke to police officers, lawyers and journalists in Unnao city in this regard. The issues which emerged in this two day study by the PMS team are presented here.

Meeting with the Survivor and her Relatives:-

The PMS team reached green Palace Hotel in Unnao city at around 11.30 am on the 15th of April. After the survivor’s father was killed in jail on the 9th of April2018, the officers of District administration placed the girl and her entire family in this hotel for providing them security.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy Imperialism

Condemn Missile Attack by US and its allies on Syria

To insert itself as a military player in the war in Syria and to reassure its clients in the Arab world post the failure of its regime change operations in Syria, US imperialism along with UK and France fired over a hundred missiles targeting three sites in Syria. One was near capital Damascus and two were near the city of Homs. Many of these missiles were intercepted by Syrian Army, particularly those fired at the site near Damascus while others hit empty targets.

These air strikes on April 14 morning are blatant violations of sovereignty and territorial integrity of a UN member country. These air strikes are in utter disregard of international law and without approval of the United Nations. These air strikes were avowedly a reaction to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad regime in Douma in Eastern Ghouta. But these strikes were precisely timed before a team of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is scheduled to start its work later in the day. US, UK and France claimed that they have “evidence” that Assad Govt. had used chemical weapons but did not disclose it. US White House claimed that they acted on the basis of reports in media and by intelligence agencies but they would not share it.… Read More


PMS Enquiry into Kathua Rape Case

A four member team of Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (Delhi)  visited Kathua District of Jammu region of J&K state on 18th and 19th of March 2018 in connection with the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl of the Bakkarwal tribe and the subsequent vicious communal propaganda unleashed there against the arrests of the alleged rapists and murderers. The team consisted of Adv. Poonam Kaushik- PMS General Secretary, Adv. Shubra (Vice President of PMS, Delhi), Adv. Kalpana -Secretary PMS Delhi and Adv. Jaishree.

The team’s Report was released in Delhi on the 24th of March 2018. The team expressed its shock and grief at the fact that the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl child, late Asifa, of a nomadic community, instead of being condemned by all sections of society, has been turned into a rallying point on communal lines in defence of the accused persons. It unanimously condemned the same. It is pertinent to state that the accused persons were apprehended only after the sniffer dogs took the scent from the spot in the jungle where the body was found to the cowshed of Sanjhi Patwari, a retired revenue official who is  one of the accused.… Read More

Caste Oppression CPI-ML New Democracy

Rise Against Supreme Court Judgment on the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act! Protest Against Repression on participants in April 2 Bharat Bandh!


On April 2 people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and those who oppose the discrimination and harassment, oppression and violence, rapes and murders against the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes demonstrated throughout the country against the Supreme Court Judgment which virtually annulled The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. The Judgment is a blatant and cruel attack on these sections which suffer from crude oppression and atrocities at the hands of dominant upper castes. The Supreme Court Judges have gone against the very spirit of the Constitution and have given a judgment which will intensify the caste oppression, hatred and atrocities and also boost the morale of upper caste goons. The Attorney General has not bothered to attend the Court despite being asked to and the Govt. has represented before the Court that this Act is being widely misused. This is contrary to the harsh reality of an abysmal rate of convictions, low rate of filing of cases anyway, plethora of false cases under other sections filed by the upper castes and police in most cases of such atrocities against the Dalits and adivasis who are the victims and who dare to lodge complaints.… Read More