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► Revolutionary struggle and cargo-cult marxism in India [FoC.13.05.30]

Posted by Ben Seattle on May 30, 2013

Revolutionary struggle and cargo-cult marxism in India

Hi Art,

I looked at a few pages of the PDF report [1], and read all of
section 4 as you requested. It looks like the PDF represents part
of a study of how the Indian government can more effectively
suppress the Maoist insurgency. The PDF documents a few cases
in which Indian politicians formed alliances with the Maoists
or helped them in various ways, including giving them information
on the layout of a major militarized police station that the
Maoists intended to attack. There were also cases where it
appears that the Maoists assassinated some politicians at the
request of other politicians.

These kinds of assassinations are certainly corrupt behavior,
but in the larger context of the complex movement in India,
this means little.

The report appears to oppose the evolution of the response of
the Indian government toward the insurgency in the direction
of “securitisation”. Securitisation seems to be the name of
the policy of relying primarily on military means to suppress
the insurgency, rather than political means–such as addressing
the demands of the insurgency, which it seems nearly everyone
agrees are entirely legitimate. The basic point of the report
is that if the Indian state does not address the demands of
the insurgency (such as land reform and social justice in the
affected areas) the insurgency will continue to enjoy popular
support and efforts to suppress it that rely mainly on military
means will be futile.

I did do a quick lookup in wikipedia after running into news
articles discussing the accusations that the BJP and Congress
parties in India are making against one another in the wake of
the recent ambush.

The Indian party which organized the ambush is the CPI(Maoist).
The party which I had read about years ago, that was led by
Charu Majumdar was the CPI(Marxist-Leninist), which was an
offshoot of the CPI(Marxist) which was an offshoot of the CPI.

The CPI(M-L) seems to have initiated the armed struggle in 1967 in
Naxalbari in West Bengal. I have not read all the wikipedia pages,
but I think there was mention that there were a lot of splits and
recombinations since the 1967 uprising, so it is possible
that the CPI(Maoist) is an offshoot of the CPI(M-L).

In fact, it looks like there are more than a dozen different parties
in India which call themselves the CPI(Marxist-Leninist). So it can
be somewhat confusing figuring out what is going on.

In general, even though India is such a different place than the U.S.,
the crisis of theory and orientation which has paralyzed effective
revolutionary work here–also affects the movement there.

The forces of reformism and sectarianism, the division into red
and blue, the inability to understand and explain the goal of the
revolutionary movement, the fetishization of words of Marx, Lenin
or Mao and the development of political (cargo-cult) religions,
the development of unprincipled and opportunistic alliances with
bourgeois political trends– all these things take place in both
India and the U.S.

We may not understand conditions in India. But our work to help put
the movement here in the U.S. on a solid footing can be part of the
work to put the movement worldwide on a solid footing. Progress in
one area will encourage and assist progress in every other area.

By the way, as a historic note, the power and energy of the Maoist
movement in India had a major impact on the movement in Canada
(which had a large population of immigrants from India) in the form
of Hardial Bains, in the 1960’s, and directly led to the formation
of the Marxist-Leninist Party here in the U.S.

Hardial eventually degenerated into a charlatan, and my 16 year old
page on his charlatanism came up in 2nd place when I just now googled
his name. The only page ahead of it was his page on wikipedia.

Here are some (of many) relevant wikipedia pages:

All the best,

Ben

Note [1]: Insurgency and the State in India: the Naxalite and Khalistan Movements, Shamuel Tharu, South Asian Survey 2007 14: 83

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