Monday, June 12, 2017

There is a revolution underway in Communist-led Kerala, India. We can learn from it.

The teleSUR media outlet has done another great report on revolutionary struggles with this artcle on the revolutionary movement in Kerala, India. Whether we agree or not with all of the conclusions made in the article, or whether we agree with all of the positions taken by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), is irrelevant. We can recommend that everyone visit the CPI(M) English-language website and study what they're about. Mao said:

Unless you have investigated a problem, you will be deprived of the right to speak on it. Isn't that too harsh? Not in the least. When you have not probed into a problem, into the present facts and its past history, and know nothing of its essentials, whatever you say about it will undoubtedly be nonsense. Talking nonsense solves no problems, as everyone knows, so why is it unjust to deprive you of the right to speak? Quite a few comrades always keep their eyes shut and talk nonsense, and for a Communist that is disgraceful. How can a Communist keep his eyes shut and talk nonsense?

The fact is that this is what a revolution can look like, and the models used and debated in Kerala are at least as relevant to us here as are the European and Latin American models.

The teleSUR article begins with this:  

Communist politicians in Kerala have a long history of creating alternatives that push back against the narrative that capitalism is the only option.

It was a time of “titanic struggle against world fascism,” writes Elamkulam Manakkal Sankaran Namboodiripad 35 years after he overcame the odds to become the governor of one of the first states in the non-communist world to elect a communist government.

Among the palm-lined beaches, backwaters and canals of India's southwestern state of Kerala, there was a fomenting movement against imperialism, capitalism and racist parochialism led by the Communist Party of India.The year was 1957. World War II had ended, India had won independence from British colonial rule and the country had been partitioned to create the state of Pakistan.

With Namboodiripad as its leader, the CPI, in a historic precedent, went on to win the state’s very first election.

But just two years later it would be illegally overthrown by the Indian National Congress, which sought to rollback CPI’s efforts in a vigorous push to the right.

Still, the seeds had been planted. The CPI came to power again six years later in 1965, then again in 1967, 1980, 1987, 1996, 2006 and most recently, 2016.

The communist movement that pioneered radical land and educational reforms in Kerala early on — pushing the state to outrank the rest of the country on a number of fronts — has in the last five decades shown no signs of paling.

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