By Harsh Thakor
HAIL THIS GREAT INITIATIVE OF BHAGAT SINGH CHATRA MORCHA TO REKINDLE THE SACRED FLAME OF KARL MARX ON BICENTENARY IN GORAKHPUR. MARXISM IS NOT DEAD AS PORTRAYED BY THE WORLD BOURGEOISIE AND IS BEING RESSURECTED IN A FORM RELEVANT TO THE MODERN TIMES. SUCH MEETINGS EVEN IF QUANTITATIVELY SMALL HAVE GREAT QUALITATIVE SIGNIFICANCE.THE SPARK BEING LIT WITHIN THE COLLEGE CLASSROOM MAY TURN INTO A PRIARIE FIRE.
On 5th May the Bhagat Singh Chatra Morcha, the Bhagat Singh Ambedkar manch and the Inquilabi Naujwan Sabha staged a seminar commemorating the bicentenary of Karl Marx in Majhita Bhavan in Gorakhpur college campus in state of Uttar Pradesh. All the groups adhere to the ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.
Comrade shailesh Kumar gave the introductory note summing up the significance of the work of Karl Marx to today in context of the crisis India is facing today.
Chutaranan Ojha explained that Marx was the pioneer of formulating a scientific philosophy for the working class from the -pre-feudal era to the capitalist epoch. He elaborated how dialectical materialism defined a new epoch in philosophy. The resources of the world today are controlled by only a very small handful and today even the capitalist forces who wish to suppress class struggle have to recognize Marx's laws on class struggle to survive.
J.N. Shah explained how the capitalist crisis was accentuating day by day. He summed up the attacks on minorities dalits, unemployment, contract labour system ,steep price rise etc. He advocated the formation of class organization for workers peasants, youth, women and all oppressed sections. He also spoke about how Marx was the first to build a proletarian ideology.
Rajesh Sahni spoke about that with a financial crisis prevailing in the world, Marx was equally relevant to the Capitalists and the Socialists. He explained how Marx analyzed that class struggle would be a continuous path till the victory of communism, which was realistic and not utopian.
Socialist thinker Krupashankar spoke about the great sacrifice and personal struggle in the life of Karl Marx narrating the story of the sufferings of his family, losing 3 sons. He summed up how Marx survived against all odds surviving like a boulder withstanding the most hazardous thunderstorm. The state continuously was threatened with his writings and did everything to destroy him. He concluding narrating the struggles and miserable state of adivasis in India.
Sandhya Pandey touched the topic of fascism and resistance of Stalin towards it applying Marxism. She explained how on Marxist ideology could combat fascism and how fascism was sharpening it's tentacles today. In her view property was the source of all social evil and was a precursor to castism and patriarchy.
Anand Pandey explained that a revolution did not take place in India because the masses did not understand Marxism and were brainwashed with feudal, religious or brahmanical thinking. He gave examples of how feudal thinking was embedded in the minds of the broad masses in India.
Professor Mahesh elaborated how Marx was the first who gave man a path to guide his own destiny and not be controlled by anyone.
Chief speaker Assem Styadaev spoke about how morally the Indian republic was hardly a democracy and violated all he rights of the people. He summed up how all free expression was curbed in university campuses. He praised the courage of the public to confront the oppression nationwide and condemned the murder of tribals by police in forests. He praised the Kashmiri masses for retaliating against the tormentation they were facing. He explained how this state repression would never end in an imperialist system and it is an illusion to believe that democracy can triumph in capitalist society. Imperialism had no choice but to plunder the resources of the oppressed masses like tribal's with the crisis reaching the very limit.
Madan Mohanji concluded the event that the ideology of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Ambedkar were under attack but would never be buried in the grave and would still glimmer. He praised the workers for the success of the event.
In the end a resolution was passed condemning the massacre of tribal sin Gadricholi and attacks by corporates who were looting the wealth of tribals in all regions of the nation.
The gathering was not more than around 150 but I was impressed with the quality of the event. It lit a spark of the ideology of Karl Marx within a university classroom which may turn into a prairie fire. Such determined comrades ensure that the thoughts of Comrade Karl Marx are not burned in the grave 200 ears ago but resurrected to extinguish the suffering perpetrated on the broad masses by fascism and imperialism. Very significant that the students and youth were at the forefront of organizing his programme thus echoing words of Chairma Mao that 'the youth are the future of tomorrow.'