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CPI Maoist Document, Policy programe of Janathana Sarkar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 31, 2007

June 1st 2004.

Introduction to the policy programe of Janathana Sarkar

Under the leadership of Communist Party of India (ML)[People’s War] revolutionary masses formed People’s Army (PGA) and are making People’s War. The struggle of the revolutionary masses of DK fighting for the past two and a half decades is inseparable from the Indian New Democratic Revolution. They are weakening and destroying the exploiting state power in the village (local) level and establishing New Democratic Revolutionary power in the form of janathana sarkars. They are becoming more and more enlightened in the process of People’s War under the leadership of the proletarian Party and are gaining experiences. They are organizing new power in the village level and are determined to form it in the area level. In the light of theory of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism the CPI(ML)[PW] adopted the fundamental program of New Democratic Revolution. Depending on this SZC is adopting the common minimum program for the janathana sarkar (JS) keeping the specific social conditions and the level of movement in view.

The JS shall be the newly formed People’s Democratic state and the power of a government. This power shall attain a complete character and a form, with the formation of countrywide People’s Democratic Republic federation. Depending on the common minimum program prepared by the Party the janathans sarkars forming in the process of development of revolutionary struggle in DK shall make efforts to implement the people’s government power as the new state power.

They are forming organs of people’s democratic power in the area level to establish guerilla base areas with the aim of making Dandakaranya a Liberated Area. Depending on the local JS the Area Janathana Sarkar (AJS) shall introduce People’s Democracy in the area level. The JS shall bear the fundamental task of organizing and expanding the new state power, run the revolutionary war and mobilize the masses in the war.

The protection, organizing and expansion of the JS depend on the intensification of People’s War. The JS shall strengthen and expand in the process of formation of higher military formations, intensification of guerilla war and destroying, defeating and eliminating the enemy forces. The strengthening and expansion of JS will lead to the formation of Liberated Areas and go in the direction of seizure of power countrywide. This process of coordination shall depend on the international and national political conditions and the stage of People’s War.

Of all the state powers in India this revolutionary people’s representative assemblies (viplava praja prathinidhula sabhalu) and their revolutionary people’s committees (viplava praja committeelu) are the highest and genuine democratic systems. They strive to strengthen the power of area level proletarian leadership, agricultural laborer and poor peasantry and the power of anti feudal, anti imperialist, anti Comprador Bureaucratic Bourgeois forces, with the aim of making DK a Liberated area with the objective of New Democratic Revolution. They will encourage the initiative, creativity and collectivity of the broad peasant masses in People’s War, organise them, depend on them totally, learn from them and lead them in the forefront. They make serious efforts to develop people’s war so as to help the developing people’s upsurge in the respective levels.

Depending on the People’s Democratic state power – tasks of the government declared in the program of CPI(ML)[PW], we put here in detail the fundamental policies and tasks of People’s Democratic government as the first part of the program of the JS.

We formulated this policy program keeping in view the circulars, guidelines and duties the Central Committee and DKSZC released earlier.



June 1st 2004

Janathana Sarkar


We are now forming janathana sarkars successfully as a result of the great struggles the Dandakaranya revolutionary masses are taking up to successfully go forward with the ultimate aim of establishing Socialism-Communism by destroying the semi colonial, semi feudal system in India through People’s War and establishing People’s Democratic system. We are declaring the necessary policy program.

This policy program shall be implemented across Dandakaranya wherever the janathana sarkars are formed. Where they are not yet formed and serious efforts are going on for their formation, that is, in the guerilla zones, this shall be the basis of struggle. In the areas where revolutionary movement is expanding newly, that is, in the perspective areas this shall be the issue of propaganda.

First part

Fundamental policies-tasks of the People’s Democratic Government

  1. The central task of Indian Revolution is to seize political power, to destroy the semi colonial, semi feudal state, its politics, its economic system and culture and establish a New Democratic State. The aim of New Democratic Revolution is to establish the political and economic system and culture of this New Democratic state. By achieving this aim the doors will be opened for the development of the whole Indian society. The poverty and misery of the masses will be eliminated. A political economic and cultural base will be formed for the Socialist state. Struggle for People’s Democracy means struggle to establish anti imperialist, anti feudal, anti big bourgeois politics, economics and culture. People’s Democracy means the struggle of the masses against imperialist, feudal, big bourgeois classes under the leadership of proletarian class under the direction of Communist Party on the basis of peasant alliance.
  2. In order to fulfill the above central task Indian masses must join the People’s Army. They have to eliminate the armed forces of the Indian state and its total mechanism through War. They must establish people’s democratic state in its place.
  3. The line of People’s Democratic Revolution is a protracted People’s War. People’s Democratic Revolution will be successful countrywide with the formation of self-sufficient base areas in the broad rural area, the consolidation of people’s governments and expansion. Ultimately the towns are liberated. Thus people’s democratic government will be established throughout the country. The existence of janathana sarkars, their consolidation, their expansion are linked with one another. So the janathana sarkars will strive at their best to strengthen themselves, to expand the people’s War and develop it.
  4. People’s Democratic Government will establish the collective dictatorship of the proletariat, peasantry, petty bourgeois and national bourgeois classes under the leadership of proletariat class. The four class United Front is a definite necessity for the success of People’s Democratic Revolution. This four class UF will mobilize all the oppressed nationalities; the religious minorities that are facing harassments and other oppressed social sections and fight. The janathana sarkar will strengthen the four classes UF in the respective levels and strive for countrywide success.
  5. The People’s Democratic Government shall guarantee all kinds of freedom and rights of the broad toiling masses. It shall protect the interests of people in all times. It guarantees the following fundamental rights to the people.
    1. Right to express (speech, write, publication)
    2. Right to meet
    3. To form organization
    4. To conduct strikes and demonstrations
    5. To live according to one’s wish
    6. To have primary education
    7. To have primary medical treatment
    8. To gain minimum employment

In addition to these rights the people will have to fulfill the following duties

  1. To protect the country
  2. To respect the constitution and law
  3. To protect the government properties
  4. To provide military services
  5. To pay taxes
  1. People will have the right to elect the government representatives and to be elected in all the levels according to the constitution of People’s Democracy. They will have the right to summon and if necessary, call back the elected representatives if they are not committed to the manifesto.
  2. The state shall not discriminate towards anyone in terms of tribe, caste, religion, nationality, gender, language, region, education, post and status. It shall deal all as equals. It shall give equal opportunities to all.
  3. State shall be separated from the religion and will have a secular character. Religion shall be the personal affair of individuals. It shall avoid indulging in luring and threatening people with partiality towards one particular religion. Citizens will have the right to believe or disbelieve religion. State shall oppose all kinds of religious fundamentalism. It shall put an end to religious chauvinism.
  4. The People’s Democratic economic system shall have the main task of destroying the semi colonial, semi feudal economic system, lay a path for the economic and social development of the country and establish Socialist economic system. This is the social economic order in the process of the transition of capitalist system to Socialism under the dictatorship of People’s Democracy under the leadership of proletariat.

It will confiscate the lands of landlords and the religious organizations and distribute them to the poor, landless peasants and agricultural laborers on the basis of ‘land to the tiller’. It will not seize the properties of the rich peasants. It will put a stop to the moneylenders’ exploitation of the peasants. It will bring out the initiative and potential of the peasants. It will establish voluntary cooperative organizations in all the sectors. It shall strive for the development of agriculture. It shall take up industrialization in a big way on the basis of agriculture.

It will confiscate all the industries, banks and other organizations of the imperialists and comprador bureaucratic bourgeois classes. It will confiscate all the industries, banks and business institutions of the government, imperialists, and comprador bureaucratic class. It will dissolve all the imperialist loans. It will dissolve the unequal financial agreements that the exploiting government made with the imperialists.

It will seize the capital, mobile and immobile properties of the government and the CBB. It will take up the governance of all the monopoly industries and commerce depending on ‘control of capital’.

The New Democratic Government shall not come in the way of capitalist production that is not in a position of controlling the people’s life. It will control and dictate the small industries, middle level industries that are the industries of the national capitalist class. It will help for the development of cottage industries and handicrafts through cooperative organizations.

It will adopt the above agricultural, business and industrial policies and facilitate the way for people’s democratic economic system.

It will implement an eight-hour working day for all the workers in the New Democratic system. It will dissolve the contract worker system and the child labor system. It will provide equal wages for women and men according to the principle of equal wage for equal work. It will provide social security and protective working conditions to all the workers.

  1. It will arm the people in order to protect the country. It will enthuse and encourage the masses to join the People’s Army. People’s government will pay special attention for the necessary sources of the People’s army. It will put People’s Army under the command of revolutionary politics. It will unite it with the masses.

It will give special importance for the task of looking after the families of soldiers, martyrs, those dependent on them, those injured in the war and the handicapped.

It will hand over the recollections (personal belongings) of the people’s soldiers who laid their lives in their heroic fight with the enemy forces to their families. It will appreciate their sacrifices and stores their details. Whenever possible it will build memorial columns.

  1. It will implement a progressive judicial system on the basis of mass line. It will form people’s courts in various levels for this purpose.
  2. It shall be the task of the government to establish a new culture, scientific and democratic, by destroying the semi feudal, semi colonial culture in the present revolutionary phase. It shall continue the secular, genuinely democratic and scientific factors of the cultural heredity that the history handed over to the oppressed masses.
  3. It will strive to dissolve all kinds of discrimination on women and to end patriarchy and male domination. It will liberate women from household drudgery and make them part of social production, political, military, government administration and other such activities. It will guarantee equal share in property. It will take up special policies to remove unequal laws in a fast pace that the women are experiencing. It will ban prostitution, provide rehabilitation to the women and recognize them as ordinary citizens.

Marriages shall be on the basis of mutual love and agreement. The age limit for marriage would be 20 years. It will ban child marriages. It will encourage widow remarriages. Women shall have a right to abortion. It will make special arrangements for the welfare of children.

It will grant divorce if both the husband and wife wish so. If only one of them asks for it, it will make the necessary investigation and announce the decision. It will distribute the common property equally. In case of children, men must take up two third parts and women one-third part of the responsibility. It shall be the responsibility of the men to repay the common loans after divorce.

  1. The New Democratic Government will recognize the right to self-determination of the oppressed nationalities and national minorities. It will integrate the country by recognizing the right to separate and the right to self-determination to these nationalities. The nationality minorities in various levels from the village to the state or in places where they are a majority, they will have the right to ask for autonomy. These autonomous areas will be according to the People’s Democratic system and will reflect the aspirations of these minority people. The national minorities shall have appropriate representation according to their population in the people’s assemblies, and the representatives’ assemblies in the areas they reside.

There are regional disparities in the country as a result of the unequal policies followed by the exploiting ruling classes. So some areas are backward and some areas are linked with the development of the nationalities. The People’s Democratic Government will eliminate all kinds of regional disparities and strive for the development of the backward areas. If necessary it will also provide regional autonomy.

  1. It shall guarantee comprehensive development of the adivasi societies. It shall provide absolute power on the forest to the people. It will bring to stop the exploitation of the natural sources by the comprador big bourgeois, imperialist and multi national companies. It will work for the development of the language and culture of adivasis. It will adopt corresponding policies.
  2. It will eliminate discrimination and disparities of caste. It will eliminate the caste system totally. Until then it will take up special programs to uplift them in all sectors and implement the same.
  3. It will eliminate the present system of education. It will introduce a scientific, democratic and socialist system of education in its place. It will link it with production according to the necessities of Democratic India.
  4. Government shall give equal status to the languages of all the nationalities. It will help to develop the languages that do not have a script. It will not impose a language on other nationalities in the name of national language, link language or in any other form. It will try to bring forward the generally accepted language depending on unanimity.
  5. It will provide proper financial and social security and good social and cultural atmosphere to all those who are physically handicapped, mentally handicapped, old persons, orphans and the helpless. It will introduce a people helping medical system that provides free treatment and good health, mainly to workers, peasants and other toiling masses.
  6. It will follow five principles regarding the relations with the countries having various social systems. They are – geographical integrity, mutual respect towards sovereignty, no mutual occupation, and non-intervention in each other’s matters, equality, mutual interest and peaceful coexistence.

It will provide help to all the anti capitalist system and anti imperialist struggles across the world, mainly to the revolutionary struggles and revolutionary wars under the various Maoist revolutionary forces. It will work as a base for New Democratic and later Socialist India, to facilitate the success of World Socialist Revolution. Keeping in view the historical relations of India with the masses in the subcontinent, it will closely integrate with the revolutionary Maoist forces and struggles in South Asia. It will dissolve all the unequal treaties the old government made.

Second part

Structure of the government


Janathana sarkar


Hammer and sickle with red flag with the length and breadth of the ratio 2:3.


Must sing communist international in front of the flag.

Formation of government

Village Janathana sarkars may be formed in areas of 500-3000 population.

Structure of the government

People will elect the people’s assemblies/representatives assemblies on the basis of general adult vote in the village/town, area, district/division, special zone/state levels in revolutionary bases formed in the process of the ongoing People’s War. The committees elected through these assemblies shall work as the revolutionary governments. The revolutionary government shall be absolutely in the hands of the masses. The supreme people’s Congress of the Federation of the People’s Democratic Republic in the all India level or the Central level after achieving countrywide success in considerable areas in the country shall be the highest organ of the government.

After the People’s War achieves success in Dandakaranya or in a considerable area dandakaranya, autonomous government will be formed. The present Dandakaranya consists of South Bastar, West Bastar, North Bastar, Maad and Gadchiroli divisions. The majority masses in this area are suffering with exploitation and misery for generations together. The natural development process took a distorted turn. The adivasis are still in the pre feudal production relationships. So the Dandakaranya people’s government shall work as their autonomous government and provide special opportunities for their development.

Election of government

All adults those who have the age of 18 years will participate in elections. One needs to complete20 years to be elected. Landlords, anti people hierarchs, stooges of exploiting government and anti revolutionary forces are disqualified to participate in elections. The elections are held through secret ballot. Election commission will conduct the elections. The elected representatives shall be answerable to the people’s assemblies or the representative’s assemblies that they represent. If the elected representatives do not conduct their duties properly the people’s assemblies/representative assemblies can call them back. The people’s assemblies/representative assemblies can call the representatives back only with a 2/3rds majority. The president and the vice-president of the autonomous governments shall be from the masses, reflecting the aspirations of the majority masses. Minority nationalities and tribes from other areas shall have proper representation according to their population in the autonomous areas. The rest of the adivasis must be considered as local adivasis.

The people’s democratic government will be formed with the democratic classes, sections, parties, organizations, the representatives of teams, the representatives of people’s army and democratic individuals. People from workers, peasants, petty bourgeois class and national bourgeois class constitute the government. This will be formed as the revolutionary United Front government. This will exercise the power as a genuine democratic government.

Now we are forming organs of revolutionary government in a secret manner. So it is not possible to elect revolutionary people’s governments with direct elections in the place of exploiting class governments from the village to upper level. We can conduct elections through the people’s representative assemblies in a limited number in such conditions.

In all levels, the people’s assemblies in the people’s assemblies/people’s representatives in the representative assemblies will elect the revolutionary people’s governments. These governments will establish various government departments, their responsible persons and mechanism to conduct the administrative responsibilities. They will make the necessary laws.

Method of functioning of the government

Democratic centralism shall be the fundamental policy of the structure and method of functioning of the government. As per the principles of democracy individuals shall be committed to the government, minority to the majority, lower level government to the higher level government, lower level to the gram sabha and higher level to the representatives assembly.

Coming to the higher level autonomous governments, they shall make acceptable decisions reflecting the aspirations of the masses regarding the language, culture and development. Normally these decisions will not be mandatory orders to be implemented. The autonomous governments can ratify them with certain exceptions and amendments. On the other hand the autonomous governments shall view the development of their areas and future as a part of the development and future of the whole country and implement the decisions of the high level government.

People shall have total control on the People’s Democratic government. It will make the broad masses participate in the daily work of the government by adopting proper methods. People’s opinion will have much importance in the decisions and in solving problems. It will make the people have an active role in the implementation of decisions and in the review. It will facilitate the supervision of the work of the government representatives.

Relations between the village level and area level janathana sarkars

    1. Janathana sarkars shall send their budget reports and the details of the necessary funds to the area janathana sarkars.
    2. The village janathana sarkars shall send the annual report of their activities and the annual accounts to the area janathana sarkar.
    3. The AJS will release the necessary funds to the village janathana sarkars in its jurisdiction. It will also provide help and guidelines. It will go through their annual reports and accounts. It will inspect the activities of the village janathana sarkars. It will give the necessary orders and review the decisions. It will introduce its annual reports and accounts for a discussion.

All the departments of the janathana sarkars and the members bearing various responsibilities in these departments should work with dedication, sincerity, and simplicity, sacrificing nature, hard work, collectivity and other such revolutionary characters. They must not let bribes, gifts, partial nature, bad habits, misbehavior towards women, male domination, harshness towards people and other such immoral, anti people policies. They must not deny the laws. They must fulfill their duties in a proper manner. They must always remember that they are serving the people.

Amendment of constitution

Necessary amendments may be made to the fundamental policies and tasks in the people’s assemblies /representative assemblies with ¾ majority and send them to the high level government.

Government committee

It shall be elected with 7-11 members along with the president and the vice-president of the janathana sarkar.

Duties of the president

  1. Presiding over the meetings of the government
  2. Informing the dates of the meeting and the agenda to the members one week earlier
  3. Maintaining and protecting the government records
  4. Maintaining the responsibilities of office and personnel
  5. Coordinating all the activities of the government in the status of the president.

Duties of the vice-president

  1. Fulfilling the works assigned through the president
  2. Presiding over the meetings in the absence of the president. Conducting the responsibilities of the president.

The other members of the people’s government committee shall bear the responsibility of the various departments as per their work division

Government departments – departmental committees

In view of the present necessities it shall form 8 departmental committees – (1) Financial (2) Defense (3) Agriculture (4) Judicial (5) Education – Culture (6) Health (7) Forest protection (8) Public relations.

The departments might be reduced or increased basing on the needs. All the departments shall consist 3-7 members. People’s assemblies/representatives assemblies shall elect them (except the defense department).


Elections will be held once in three years to the people’s governments. The elected village janathana sarkars shall meet once in a month and area janathana sarkars once in 2 months. It will hold meetings once in 4 months with all the members of the departmental committees. It will review the method of functioning of the government in the meetings of the people’s assemblies/representatives assemblies once in 6 months in the initial stage of the formation of the government. Later it must hold such meetings once in a year. Normal meetings will be held in the stipulated time. Meetings will be held only if there is a quorum of 2/3rd. it will make general decisions according to the opinion of majority. If 1/3rd members ask so, meeting can be held.

Standing committee

The standing committees are formed with the responsible persons of the president, vice-president, finance, defense departments for taking up daily works and supervision of the governments in the respective level. The standing committees will provide the daily guideline to implement the decisions the committees took in between the meetings of the governmental committee.

  1. Finance department
    1. It shall adopt the annual budget as per the decision of the government according to the proposals of the various departments. Budget shall be set from 1st January to 31st December.
    2. Income is in the form of taxes and donations from the people and fines from the anti people elements. This shall be in the form of cash or paddy. Government shall decide the taxes. Finance department shall bear the responsibility of collecting them.
    3. It will strive for the development of business, handicrafts, domestic industries and small industries based on agriculture and forest products, in the individual level on the basis of cooperation. It will encourage private business in the specific fields. But it will control the exploitation of the traders in transaction.
    4. It will collect royalty from the traders and contractors that take the local resources, with the permission of the janathana sarkar.
    5. It will mobilize the masses widely with the aim of developing the economic system to fulfill the necessities of the masses and that of the People’s War and takes up all the necessary actions.
    6. The finance department will release the annual accounts of the government only after all the departments submit their accounts.
    7. They shall be closely linked with the cooperative organizations and shall give loans and grants if necessary.
    8. It will release bonds whenever necessary, for the government as capital.
    9. The finance department shall maintain the details of the properties of the government.
  2. Agriculture department
    1. It shall distribute the lands people’s government seized to the agricultural laborer, landless peasants, poor peasants and lower middle class peasants on the basis of ‘land to the tiller’. It shall give priority to the families of soldiers in the People’s Army, to the families of martyrs and those dependent on them, injured in the war as per the class line. It will give importance to till the lands of the families of full timers in revolution that cannot work in their lands to the sufficient extent, the lands of those families that do not have the necessary number to work, that of old people, that of women not allowed to till, that of those who lost husbands and that of helpless persons. It will give land equal to a middle peasant to the landlords that surrender and shall confiscate the rest of the land. It will implement the rest of the land reforms phase wise as per the preparation and the strength of the movement. It will take charge of the immobile properties. It will utilize them for the people’s needs.
    2. It will prepare the record of land ownership. It shall strive to develop the cooperative movement and agriculture.
    3. It will release joint patta in the name of families and in the name of wife and husband.
    4. It will record the details of transfer of land and transaction of lands. One must take the permission of this department if they want to buy or transfer lands to the non-adivasis. Those who want to leave their house and lands must inform the local janathana sarkar.
    5. It shall strive to solve land disputes between the local and non-local persons, among the local people and among the non-locals as per the class line and with the view to mobilize and integrate the masses of all the democratic classes.
    6. It will decide the minimum wages and working day not above than 8 hours according to the situation in the area. It will decide equal wages for equal work.
    7. It will dissolve and ban illegal interest.
    8. It will see that land is taken up for agriculture family wise or collectively. It will help those that do not have cows, seeds and agricultural tools to arrange the same through the government. It shall distribute cattle, seeds and agricultural tools seized from the landlords and hierarchs to the necessary peasants. Though there is private ownership over land, it will encourage collective work through mutual labor cooperation of the peasants in leveling the land, tilling, transplantations, weed removing, harvesting, growing vegetables, raising fruits, fish, cattle raising and other such agricultural and agriculture related works. It will thus develop the cooperative movement. It will strive to increase productivity and production so as to fulfill the necessities of food grains to the people and give importance to the development of agriculture. The collective lands, collective plantations, collective ponds, fish rising and other such things shall be in the control of this department.
    9. It will encourage the peasantry to store the seeds, raise two crops, grams and oil seeds. It will oppose utilizing the seeds of imperialist multinational corporations.
    10. It will encourage and develop the usage of local fertilizers. It will test the fertility of land and takes up measures for its protection.
    11. It will take up the building of canals to facilitate water to the fields instead of growing paddy in the ponds like it is done now. It will build check dams and small irrigations projects as a part of irrigation.
    12. It will see that production will not suffer in the time of enemy repression. It will try to re grow the lost crop as soon as possible. It will help the peasants to store their properties, mainly crops from the enemy attack.
    13. This department will look after the cattle house of the village.
  3. People’s defense department
    1. This will conduct the defense duties of the janathana sarkar. It will provide protection to the people’s department. It will follow class line and mass line in all affairs of defense.
    2. It will suppress the local enemies. It will expose the enemy informers and CIDs and expose them among the masses. It will arrest them and summon them before the people’s court. It will actively move the militia and the masses in identifying and controlling them. It will pass information about such persons to the janathana sarkar, Party, People’s Guerilla forces and the various departments.
    3. It will take up all the necessary actions the janathana sarkar decides to defeat the enemy conspiracies and control the conspiratorial actions of the enemy.
    4. It will encourage all those qualified to join the people’s militia. It will strive to arm them and train them. It will encourage and mobilize the youth to join PGA forces.
    5. It will establish government intelligence and make it work. It will establish a ‘protective department’ (security force) to protect the law and order in the masses. This department will see that the bad elements, hierarchs do not provoke anti revolutionary ideas and create riots in the village. It shall help the people to intensify the People’s War by protecting law and order in the village.
    6. Jails shall be in the control of this department. This department will implement the punishments the people’s court gives them.
    7. It will mobilize the people to fight back and defeat the encirclement and suppression attacks and campaigns of the enemy forces. It will cooperate with the main, secondary forces and command in this area in retaliation.
    8. This department too shall have in its control the people’s government armed forces.
  4. People’s judicial department
    1. The people’s courts will work as per the new principles of justice, class line and mass line. The judicial department will solve the problems between the people so as to enhance their integrity. Normally it does not punish to solve them. When it tries landlords, hierarchs, heads of the ruling class parties, exploiting government officers, police, paramilitary, military forces, goondas, anarchists, thieves, deceivers, conspirators, police agents and others it isolates them from the people and punishes them in the necessary way including confiscation of their properties. It follows methods to increase the role of people in avoiding crimes. It gives death sentence to those who indulge in counter revolutionary crimes. Before it implements death sentence the local janathana sarkars have to obtain permission from the higher courts. Except for counter revolutionary crimes, it will send those indulged in murder, attempt to murder, atrocities on women, informing the exploiting police and other such things to the labor camps. In these camps, they are made to do labor. They are taught revolutionary politics and are reformed. It will help to develop the people’s judicial system by passing verdict on disputes, crimes and conspiracies. It will also keep in view the customary traditions while giving verdict. The number of judges must be according to the character and intensity of the cases. The judicial committee solves the normal cases. In critical cases the number of judges may be enhanced to nine.
    2. There are yet certain forums to solve the disputes among the people in the adivasi society. According to the intensity of the problem and the character they are brought forth. The people’s court must bear this in mind. The people’s courts will strive to develop these forums to be people oriented and work for the integrity among the people.
    3. Whatever the case or dispute may be, it will collect the related information about the case beforehand, listen to the arguments of both the parties during the trial, listen to the evidences totally and then pass a verdict. Normally the trial is open and the people can tell their opinion freely. Thus their role in the judicial system will increase.
    4. In each and every case there must be voting among the judges and verdict must be given according to the opinion of the majority. It may be given with slight majority also. But in critical cases the verdicts must have 2/3 rd majorities. The president of the judicial departmental committee or the judge that presided the trial shall announce the verdicts. They must give the necessary explanation.
    5. Those who are not satisfied with the verdict of the local judicial committee can appeal to the area court and even above it.
    6. All the citizens shall have fundamental and ordinary rights. No citizen should be arrested without proper legal basis. The citizens must consider the arrest as a proper action done in a democratic legal method. Otherwise they can challenge the arrest warrant.
    7. The people’s judicial committee shall take the help of the other departments, mainly the defense committee in trying the cases.
    8. If the members of the Party Committee or the PGA forces commit mistakes in dealing with the people they will be summoned in the people’s court with the permission of the concerned Party Committee.
    9. The people’s courts will make a comprehensive and deep study regarding the families of the soldiers, martyrs and injured in the people’s army and regarding the ‘pado’ (spouses) of those that are recruited into the Party and pass verdict.
  5. Peoples education and cultural committee
    1. This departmental committee shall look after the educational and cultural responsibilities for the development of scientific, democratic culture among the masses. In addition to the political consciousness and scientific knowledge it will strive to create primary knowledge about administration, organization and state affairs.
    2. It will run primary, middle and adult schools and libraries for general education. It will strive to prepare new textbooks. It will make efforts to teach primary education in mother tongue.
    3. It will raise the consciousness of the masses against the feudal, imperialist culture and develop democratic culture among the people. It will raise the consciousness of the masses so that they will come out of the feudal and bad traditions.
    4. It will enlighten the people so that they oppose the media that propagates drinking liquor, gambling, prostitution and obscene literature (songs and films). It bans the same. It will enlighten the people so that they consider untouchability, discrimination of caste and tribe, violence on women, attacks on minorities as crimes and mobilizes them against the same.
    5. It will conduct revolutionary festivals. It will conduct sports competition. It will strive to develop the youth physically and mentally. It will utilize the educated youth, intellectuals and teachers for the development of education and culture.
    6. The committee shall conduct meetings and conferences for the development of education and culture whenever necessary. In addition to the development of education it will seriously try to develop New Democratic Culture and values in the personal, family and social life. It will highlight the people’s art. It will pay attention to protect them. It will make a study on the local customs and traditions, festivals, marriages, death, deliveries and other such things and try to reduce the expenditure on them. It will try to bring the necessary reforms in this regard.
    7. It will encourage inter caste, inter tribe and inter religious marriages with the aim of developing New Democratic Culture. It will support those who marry so.
    8. It will totally oppose the attempts to Hinduise the adivasis. It will condemn and oppose marriages of adivasi goddesses with the name of Hindu goddesses, building temples, make the adivasi children sing divine songs and conducting Hindu festivals. It will oppose the attitude of those who transformed into Hindu religion considering adivasis as untouchables and discriminating them branding as ‘katwa’ (sudra). It will condemn and oppose the propagation of ramayana, mahabharatha and other epics. It will stop the process of proselytizing the adivasis to Hindu religion and the construction of churches in the adivasi areas.
    9. It will not allow Saraswathi sisumandir, Sevabharathi, Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram and other such things that are distorting history and other subjects through the texts with Hindu religious ideology in the name of education.
    10. It will oppose and shall not allow the activities of NGA and INGO (international non government organizations) that is misleading the masses from class struggle in the name of education, medicine and other such services with the help of imperialist and multinational corporations and their funds.
    11. It will take care that the ‘aarogato’, ‘pothum kabad’, ‘paaro’ and other such methods do not be useful for the hierarchs for economic exploitation. It will try to develop the cooperative nature and integrity in the adivasi traditions.
    12. It will discourage long duration collective hunting. It disturbs the agricultural development works. It will encourage the people to utilise this time for productive activities.
  6. Public health – Social Welfare department
    1. This department will strive for the protection of people’s health to better their living conditions. It will develop their understanding towards physical fitness, the importance of exercises in order to continue People’s War and strives to take the necessary actions.
    2. It will pay special attention for the health of women and children.
    3. It will strive to utilize the local methods of medicine. It will try to remove the unscientific ideas in the traditional medicine like manthra and encourage the herbal medicine they practice. It will send volunteers for primary training to fulfill the primary medical necessities of the people and use them as doctors. It will run medical centers locally. The doctors will go to the patients and the patients need not necessarily go to the doctor or those who have medicine. It will encourage the people to take medicines from the medical center. It will buy the necessary medicine for the medical center. It will collect funds for the medical center through collective labor or in the form of donations. It will collect medicines from all sources including the voluntary organizations. It will also utilize the services of doctors with democratic ideas. It will conduct medical camps.
    4. It will try to eliminate the blind superstitions in the people regarding health.
    5. It will caution the people about the seasonal diseases. It will propagate the precautions to be taken. It will enlighten the people about nutritional diet, personal and social hygiene and against the bad habits. If anyone needs to go the hospital the committee shall help him or her in all ways.
    6. It will record births and death.
    7. It will mobilize the people and protect hygiene. It will conduct meetings and propaganda campaigns to develop the knowledge of people about health and hygiene. It propagates in various forms.
    8. It will pay special attention towards the handicapped, old persons, orphans, children and welfare of victims of repression.
    9. It will try to arrange houses and house sites for those who do not have, with the help of the people.
    10. It will try to create clean drinking water and will mobilize the people for the same.
  7. Forest protection committee
    1. It will protect the forests maintaining the traditional boundaries. It will protect the environment.
    2. It will allow the people to use the trees that fell in the forest as fuel.
    3. One has to obtain timber for domestic purposes and agricultural tools with the permission of this department.
    4. It will regulate the trading of forest products for profit. It will oppose procuring of herbs, fruit trees and other valuable trees that are helpful for medical services in methods that would destroy them.
    5. It will strive for developing forests. It will stop illicit timber business. It will arrest those who do illegal timber business and those who help for the same and hand over them to the people’s court.
    6. It will oppose the plantations of the exploiting government that destroys environment.
    7. It will work against the exploiting government policies that are trying to send away the adivasis from the forests in the name of construction of Vanyaprani abhayaranyas, National Parks and other such things.
    8. Those who need lands for agriculture must cut the forest only with the permission of this department.
    9. It will allow the traditional hunting of adivasis. But hunting for the sake of business is banned. It will also ban business of flesh, horns, skin and other such organs of the animals.
    10. It will ban the use of chemical pesticide to catch fish, animals and birds.
    11. It will oppose all kinds of heavy projects that lead to the destroyal of forests in a big way and displace the adivasis and destroy the environment.
  8. Public relations department
    1. It will take the government policies to the people through the various mass organizations. It will have a close relation with the mass organizations for this purpose. It will not intervene in their internal matters.
    2. It will strive to make the mass organizations play a main role in implementing the government policies in a regular manner.

It will widely propagate the activities and policies of the government. It will release the necessary propaganda material.

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Maoist network spreads to Nandigram

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 10:56 [IST]

Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri

Kolkata: In a significant breakthrough, the intelligence branch (IB) of the West Bengal police have come to know how arms and ammunition are being sent to activists of Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (land eviction resistance committee) that is spearheading a movement to retain control over Nandigram.

What is even more alarming, according to IB findings, is that their firepower has increased significantly over the past three months. This is due to uninterrupted supply of sophisticated arms by Maoist guerrillas. The IB report has further pointed out that a group of six Maoist explosives and firearms specialists have already reached Nandigram to train the activists.

According to IB sources, all six members of the group are in the most-wanted category, with several cases of murder against them.

The six-member team includes Ranjit Pal, Gauranga Chakraborty and Sangita Pal, all of whom are wanted for a series of insurgency activities in the districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.

As per the IB findings, apart from country-made single shooter guns, muskets and revolvers, the committee is in procession of at least two AK47 rifles, three selfloading rifles and over 60 mortars of various ranges.

“All of these came into Nandigram is different consignments along with the Maoist guerrillas.We suspect that these Maoists have also brought to Nandigram the high quality explosive Neogel 90 along with them,” a senior IB official said.

The IB has also secured information that these sophisticated arms are not supplied free by the Maoists. “We have come to know that Maoists are selling these items at a nominal cost to the committee activists. However, we are not yet sure who is proving the funds,” the IB official said.

Source : DNA

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Maoists blamed for nandigram violence;CRPF requisitioned; Mamata firing trashed

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 31, 2007

Statesman News Service

KOLKATA, Oct. 29: Holding the Maoists responsible for the recent trouble in Nandigram, chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said the state government had requisitioned Central forces to establish a rule of law in the trouble-torn area (The Union home minister called the chief minister last night to take stock of the situation). But at the same time, Mr Bhattacharjee, made it clear that the state would not initiate police action at the moment as he did not want to repeat the 14 March incident in which 14 people were killed in police firing. He preferred to deal with the situation politically instead. He said the Opposition parties lacked political will to solve the problem and trashed Miss Mamata Banerjee’s claim that her convoy
had been fired upon yesterday.

He said that the state government’s writ had not run in Nandigram for the past 10 months, despite an announcement that no land would be acquired there for a proposed chemical hub. (In fact, the Centre too got into the act today to try and calm the situation, stating that there was no proposal to set up an SEZ at Nandigram. A Union commerce ministry statement said: “No SEZ is being set up at Nandigram. Also, there is no application proposing to set up an SEZ at Nandigram”).

The chief minister said no development work could be undertaken in Nandigram-I block and in parts of Nandigram-II block. Block development officials were coming to work but have failed to
operationalise, as it were, any development plans. Panchayats had the money, but no work could be undertaken, he said. A police station was there but policemen were prevented from moving freely, he added. “But armed persons and Naxalites are moving freely there (in Nandigram). We have specific information of the Naxalites. Maoist leader Ranjit Pal who is accused of killing Sudhir Mahato, is present there with his group. APDR’s outfit Bandi Mukti Committee also has a
presence there. But we want peace. We are appealing to the Opposition to hold talks with the district authorities so that problem could be solved,” Mr Bhattacharjee said.

“People are suffering as no developmental work could be undertaken. 1,500 CPI-M supporters are yet to go back to their villages. They had been driven out of their homes early this year. But we are still willing to talk to the Opposition,” he added. When asked why the state government had failed to straighten the law and order situation in Nandigram,

the chief minister said: “I won’t call it a failure of the state government. Inhospitable terrain helps the gun runners. I have not thought of deploying Army because I believe good sense will prevail.

Union home minister Mr Shivraj Patil had called me yesterday to find out how things were in Nandigram. I told him that the state has requisitioned one battalion of CRPF personnel,” Mr Bhattacharjee added.

The chief minister also questioned Trinamul chief Miss Mamata Banerjee’s will to solve the problem. “We have declared no land would be acquired there but still the Bhumi Uchched Protirodh Committee exists. I ask why? If there is a political will, the problem can be solved.” Referring to reports of an attack on Miss Mamata Banerjee’s motorcade in Nandigram, Mr Bhattacharjee said: “There is no basis of her allegation. She had adequate security.”

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission suo motu sought a report from the chief secretary on the recent violence in Nandigram.

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Interview whith Maoist leader Ram Bahadur Thapa. (Nepal Times.)

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 31, 2007

“I stand with the revolution”
Interview with Maoist leader Ram Bahadur Thapa in Nepal, 28 October

By raising demands on the eve of the constituent assembly elections, the Maoists are accused of being against polls. Why are you going against the very agenda you raised?
On a superficial level, it looks like the CPN-M was behind the delay in elections. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that the NC and other parties are the main culprits. Take a look at our demands, and see if they are legitimate or not. The parties are responsible for the election postponement because they refused to budge.

Don’t you see that you are endangering the peace process and a return to war?
We have seen that danger. If the government tries to suppress our peaceful revolution with weapons then it will be clear that they have no desire to hold elections or change to a republic. I don’t think they’ll make such a stupid move. But history has shown that in extreme cases, people do resort to stupidity. So we haven’t dismissed that possibility.

In the span of one-and-a-half years, what have you accomplished and what have you lost?
Our recently concluded fifth plenum answers this question. There were forces that tried to isolate us by labelling us terrorists. They have failed. The middle class no longer misunderstands us and we have established international relations. But there have also been losses. We have had trouble making the changes we wanted. We failed to make the people understand many of our agreements. Regressive forces have made use of that. Our weaknesses in madhesi, janjati and republican issues have been exposed.

Are you a hardliner?
No. There are right-wingers, middle-of-the-roaders, and leftist factions in our own party and they are in constant conflict.

So where do you stand among those factions?
We are revolutionaries and I fall into that category. Our party follows the revolutionary code. I am on the side of revolution and if the party line goes against my beliefs, then I will stand with the revolution.

It is said that you have tried to establish yourself against Chairman Prachanda.
That is also part of a conspiracy. I do not surface in public much, and that is my weakness. This rumour has spread because certain factions wish it.

You have said that you do not want a republic like that in Iraq or Sikkim.
We want a Nepali republic, where Nepalis make the decisions. Foreign help will be required, but not foreign direction. If foreigners try to direct us instead of just helping us, it will be an attack on our national integrity.

You have maintained that there is an Indian hand in everything, but we do not see you opposing it.
Our line on India is clear. There are many treaties and agreements with Nepal that need to be changed. We don’t want to ruin our relationship with India, we want to make it better in the future. But our party will oppose India’s incorrect actions. Certain factions in India are hatching a conspiracy against the movement of the Nepali people. This is an attack on our independence. The madhesi incidents are also anti-national.

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Naxal explosive seized in bihar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 31, 2007

naxal explosive seized in bihar

The Principal Home Secretary of Bihar Afzal Amanullah has warned that the naxalites may carry major attack in Bihar in coming days. On Monday, Bihar Police seized more than 400 kg of explosives, including high-powered gelatin sticks stacked by the Maoists, in Bihar’s Naxal-hit Gaya district.

After receiving information from state intelligence, Bihar Police conducted raids and seized explosives from a hut in Ghurenabandh jungle under Barachatti police station in Gaya on Monday.

Gaya Superintendent of Police, Amit Kumar Jain, said:

Acting on a tip-off, that the naxalites were clandestinely transporting the explosives including high-powered gelatine sticks in two bullock-carts to the jungle for a major operation, police raided the hut and seized the explosives. The police also arrested one Ramswaroop Bhuiyan in this connection.

Earlier on Saturday, the BJP held the UPA government’s “soft policies” responsible for the development of naxal network across the country. The party also criticized the biggest civilian killing occurred in Jharkhand that claimed seventeen lives. The BJP leaders also attacked on Madhu Koda government in Jharkhand for overlooking security concerns in the state.

According to BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the UPA government has to be squarely blamed for the naxal killings in Jharkhand. Due to the government’s soft policies, naxal activities are spreading rapidly.

He said:

The Madhu Koda government is more interested in individuals and their constituencies. It has overlooked the interests of the state and security concerns. The government has no responsibility towards the people of the state. This is the complete failure of a government where an independent MLA is CM with the support of RJD, Congress, JMM and other UPA allies.

Rudy further said that the Koda administration has used the huge funds, actually meant for police modernization, for purchasing vehicles for ministers and providing amenities for the ministers in the state.

Tags: BJP, Bihar, Gaya, Naxalites, Jharkhand, Amit Jain, India

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Cop suspended for Maoist strike, starts fast unto death

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 31, 2007

Ranchi, Oct 30 – A Jharkhand policeman has protested his suspension for alleged dereliction of duty after Maoists killed 19 people in Giridih district of Jharkhand, and has gone on a fast unto death.Vidhu Bhushan Dwivedi, a police inspector, said he has been made a scapegoat in the
incident and Sunday sat on a fast in the same field where the massacre occurred.

His wife and his 16-year-old son are also protesting with him.’Why am I being made a scapegoat? I am being targeted at the behest of the Giridih superintendent of police (SP) Arun Kumar Singh,’ Dwivedi said Tuesday.’If my suspension is not revoked, I will end my life here,’ he threatened.Dwivedi said he has had to face problems in the past as well.’My son underwent a
kidney transplant and I had to fight in the court to get the reimbursement from the government. I have to fight for everything.

‘I have to spend Rs.15,000 per month on my son’s treatment. How can a suspended person afford such an expensive treatment?’ he asked.Dwivedi was suspended along with three other policemen for dereliction of duty.At least 19 people, including son of former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi, were gunned down early Saturday at a function in Chilkhari village of
Giridih district. When the incident took place, no security personnel was present at the spot. The suspended policemen had reportedly left before the function ended.

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Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 30, 2007



1. Introduction 7

2. Urban India 8

2.1 Urbanisation Pattern 9

2.2 Changes in Class Composition and Structure of Cities 12

2.2.1 De-industrialisation of major cities 12

2.2.2 Changes in the Workforce 13

2.2.3 Division or Segmentation of Cities 14

2.2.4 Ghettoisation 16

3. Policy and Guidelines 17

3.1.1 Role of Urban Work within the Political Strategy 17

3.1.2 Role of Urban Work within the Military Strategy 18

3.1.3 Long-term Approach 19

3.2 Main Objectives of Our Urban Work 20

3.3 Mass Mobilisation and Party Building 21

3.3.1 Types of Mass Organisations 22 Secret Revolutionary Mass Oganisations 22 Open Revolutionary Mass Organisations 24 Fractional Work 26 Party-formed Cover Mass Organisations 29 Legal Democratic Organisations 30

3.3.2 Organising at the Place of Residence 33

3.3.3 Party-Building 35 Activist Groups 36 Political Education 37

3.3.4 Party Structure 40 Party Cell 40 Part-Timer Party Committees 42 Party Fractions 42 Layers 44 Coordination and Links with Other Party

Structures 44

3.4 United Front 45

3.4.1 Working Class Unity 46 Industry-based Unity 47 Issue-based Unity 47 Area-based Unity 48 Workers’ Platforms 48

3.4.2 Worker-Peasant Alliance 49

3.4.3 Unity of the urban exploited classes 51 Unity with the semi-proletariat 51 White-collar Employees 53 Other sections of the Petty Bourgeoisie 54

3.4.4 Relations with the National Bourgeoisie 55

3.4.5 Front Against Repression 56

3.4.6 United Front Against Hindu Fascist Forces 57

3.4.7 Front against Globalisation, Liberalisation and

Privatisation 58

3.5 Military Tasks 60

3.5.1 Defence of the Urban Movement 60 Open Self Defence Teams 60 Secret Self Defence Squads 61 Urban Militia 62 Local Intelligence 62

3.5.2 Help to the Rural Armed Struggle 63 Work in Key Industries 63 Infiltration into the Enemy Camp 65 Sending Cadre to the Rural Areas and

the PGA/PLA 65 Logistical Support to the Armed Struggle 66

3.5.3 Urban Military Operations under Central Direction68 City Action Teams 68 Central Intelligence 68 Cyber Warfare 69

3.6 All-India and State-Level Plans 69

3.6.1 Factors Governing All-India Perspective-Plan 69

3.6.2 State Plans 70

4. Review of Our Understanding and Practice 71

4.1 Earlier Circulars and Policies 71

4.1.1 1973 Circular 72

4.1.2 1987 Guidelines 73

4.1.3 1995 Review 73

4.2 Our Main Shortcomings 74

4.2.1 Lack of Concentration on Urban Work 74

4.2.2 Lack of Concentration on the Working Class

within Urban Work 75

4.2.3 Neglect of Developing Party Leadership from

the Proletariat 76

4.2.4 Lack of Deep Understanding of the Strategic

Approach in Urban Work 76

4.2.5 Lack of clarity on combining the various types of

mass organisations 77

4.2.6 Negligence in Secret Functioning 79

4.2.7 Lack of an All-India Perspective 79

4.3 Principal Defect in Our Understanding 79

5. Immediate Tasks 79

5.1 Introduce Urban and Working Class Specialisation

in the Higher Committees 81

5.2 Draw up All-India and State-level Perspective-plans 80

5.3 Reorient and Reorganise the Urban Organisations

with a Long-Term Strategic Approach 81

5.4 Widely Mobilize the Urban masses, Particularly the

Working Class 82

5.5 Recruit and Develop Party Leadership from the

Working Class 83

5.6 Reorganise the Tech Mechanism in the Cities 83

5.7 Prepare the Self-Defence Organs of the Urban

Movement 84

5.8 Take up Work in Key Industries 84

5.9 Infiltrate into Enemy Organisations 84

5.10 Build the United Front in the urban areas 85


The Strategy and Tactics document adopted at the Ninth Congress of 2001 explains the importance of urban work within the strategy of Indian Revolution in the following manner:

“Work in the urban areas has a special importance in our revolutionary work. … our revolution, which follows the line of protracted people’s war, the liberation of urban areas, will be possible only in the last stage of the revolution. However, this does not mean that there is no need to concentrate on the building of urban revolutionary movement from the beginning. From the beginning we will have to concentrate on the organisation of the working class, which being the leadership of our revolution has to directly participate and lead the agrarian revolution and the people’s war and on building a revolutionary workers movement. Moreover, on the basis of revolutionary workers movement we will be able to mobilize millions of urban oppressed masses and build struggles against imperialism and feudalism, struggles in support of the agrarian revolution and struggles for democratic rights. We will be able to create the subjective forces and conditions required for building a countrywide , broad, anti-imperialist, anti-feudal united front during this course only. The urban movement is one of the main sources, which provides cadres and leadership having various types of capabilities essential for the people’s war and for the establishment of liberated areas… We should not forget the dialectical relationship between the development of the urban movement and the development of the people’s war. In the absence of a strong revolutionary urban movement, the people’s war will face difficulties.

“However, we should not belittle the importance of the fact that the

urban areas are the strong centers of the enemy. Building up of a strong urban revolutionary movement means that our Party should build a struggle network capable of waging struggle consistently, by sustaining itself until the protracted people’s war reaches the stage of strategic offensive. With this long term perspective, we should develop a secret party, an united front and people’s armed elements; intensify the class struggle in the urban areas and mobilize the support of millions of urban masses for the people’s war.” [Pages 69-70, S&T].

However, there have been serious shortcomings and mistakes in our understanding and practice over the last thirty years. The Political and Organisational Review of the Ninth Congress thus reviewed as follows, “The importance of urban work in the ongoing people’s war in the country

is well-recognised by our Party and is elaborated in our Strategy-Tactics document. However we have been extremely deficient in perspective, policy and methods of work. We have only made piecemeal changes from time to time, to the policy, contained in the document “Our Work in Urban Areas” brought out by APSC in 1973. We have yet to develop a comprehensive and long-term approach, which takes into account the changing developing trends in urbanization, as well as the policies of the enemy to isolate and crush us in the urban areas. This has led to frequent ups and downs in our urban work in most areas and serious loss of cadres in the areas of repression.” [Page 141, POR]

Thus the Congress decided on “A time-bound programme for preparing policy and guidelines for urban work, particularly working class work. This should include a review of our understanding and practice with regard to revolutionary trade unions, mini-guerilla squads, selfdefence squads, workers’ magazine among other things. This should be

followed by a campaign to reorganize our work according to the guidelines.” [Page 149, POR]

The present document is part of the attempt to implement the above Congress decision. Part 2 gives a brief picture of urban India, presenting the trends in urbanisation and the changes in class composition, particularly since the policies of liberalisation. Part 3 is the main section which lays out the policy and guidelines for work – our strategic approach and objectives, forms of organisation and forms of struggle, the party, united front and military tasks, propaganda, tech mechanism, and planning. Part 4 reviews the main shortcomings in our understanding and practice of the past 30 years. Part 5 identifies some immediate tasks.

Besides this a separate document, ‘Guidelines for Our Work in the

Working Class’, explains details with regard to working class work.


According to the census of 2001, 27.8% of India’s population now lives in the towns and cities. The total urban population is 28.5 crores, which is larger than the total population of the world’s third most populated country – USA. Most of this urban population is situated in large cities. Almost two thirds stay in cities with a population of over one lakh, and 10.8 crores (i.e. 38%) are in 35 metropolitan centres with a population of over 10 lakhs. Three of the world’s twenty mega-cities, with a population of over one crore each, are from India.

The centre of the economy has also moved away from the rural areas. In 1950-51 56% of production came from agriculture, but today less than 25% comes from agriculture. Today most of the country’s production is from the industries and services sectors, which are mainly based in the towns and cities. The urban share in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is thus now over 60%.

India’s urban population size, proportion, and economic weight today is much higher than what was there in China at the time of the revolution. China, then had only about 10% of its production coming from industry and only 11% of the people staying in the urban areas. This would mean that India’s urban areas would have to play a relatively more important role in the revolution, than the cities played during the Chinese revolution.

This however does not mean any change in our basic strategy, which

is based on the uneven economic and political development and the semifeudal, semi-colonial character of Indian society. Current international

experience too shows various semi-colonial countries with large proportions in urban areas successfully advancing the people’s war basing

on rural armed struggle. Though our urban population is large and constantly growing, it’s proportion is still much lower than the percentage of most other semi-colonial countries with movements seriously engaged in armed agrarian revolution. Thus Philippines has 59%, Peru has 73%, and Turkey has 75% urban population. Only Nepal has a lower 12% urban population, though the rate of growth of its urban population is almost double that of India.

2.1 Urbanisation Pattern

Since 1947, four major metropolitan cities, which served as regional capitals under the British, have dominated the process of urbanisation in the country. These were Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, who respectively served as the central hubs of the east, west, north and south of the country. Since the sixties they have continued to experience growth, though at different paces. Further newer metropolitan centres like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, are emerging as new hubs of urban growth. The policies of liberalisation are bringing further changes and new patterns of urbanisation have been emerging, which are changing the positions and importance of even the old metropolitan centres.

Delhi continues to maintain its all-India importance, mainly as administrative capital and also due the rapid industrialisation in its surrounding areas. Mumbai as financial capital, has been continuing to grow rapidly and is now among the five largest cities in the world. Kolkataand Chennai continue to maintain their regional importance, but Kolkata has lost its all-India importance as a centre of industry and commerce.

The ups and downs of these main centres is however only a reflection of the country’s sharply unequal pattern of urbanisation. Kolkata is falling back because of its placement in the poorest and least urbanised eastern part of the country, whereas all the new stars are emerging in the most urbanised south and the west. The old hierarchy of four megacities located in different regions of the country is thus giving way to urban corridors and clusters of new investment located mostly in the southern and western parts of the country.

With the exception of the Delhi region and adjacent areas in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh much of the north, the east and the centre of the country have been bypassed. This vast area covering the eastern half of UP and stretching across Bihar, West Bengal, the North-Eastern states, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and the eastern part of Maharashtra is remaining as an area of urban backwardness, with old industrial bases and high unemployment. These areas are thus the main sources of cheap migrant labour for the large metropolitan cities.

The above inequalities are being encouraged by the policies of the government. In the earlier period under industrial licensing there were some small attempts at bringing about balanced industrial development and this led to some projects being set up in relatively backward areas like the central India minerals belt. Now under the liberalisation policies investment is not regulated and goes to the areas promising the greatest profits. Thus the main investment is centred in and around a few areas of growing urban concentration. The main such areas are:-

a) Ahmedabad-Pune Corridor: This stretch of Western India is the main concentration of high industrialisation and urbanisation in the country. It includes four of the top ten cities in the country – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Surat – besides two other cities over ten lakh – Vadodara and Nashik. The industries cover almost all the main industrial groups – engineering, chemicals, textiles, automobiles, telecommunications, electronics, etc. These cities and the adjoining districts attract the largest amount of new investment in the whole country. The working class is the most diverse, having migrated from all parts of the country.

b) Delhi Region: The capital region together with the adjoining areas of Gurgaon and Faridabad in Haryana, and Ghaziabad and NOIDA in UP is a massive urban and industrial zone. It is continuing to advance at a rapid pace in engineering, automobile, electronics, etc. The working class here too is diverse, but mainly from north India.

c) Bangalore: This has for some time been a centre of many major public sector establishments, besides textiles and silk weaving. Electronics and computer software and hardware are the main growth industries, with Bangalore being the software capital of India. It is a fast growing centre.

d) Chennai: The Greater Chennai region has become the industrial hub for the entire south. It has a very diverse range of industries – automobiles, textiles, chemicals, petroleum products, electronics, etc.

e) Coimbatore-Erode Belt: This is the area of fastest growing urbanisation in the country. The principal industries are centred around textiles – mills, powerlooms, knitwear, etc. There are also small and medium engineering units.

f) Hyderabad: Though the actual growth is not as much as the media propaganda of the AP Chief minister, Hyderabad is also a fast growing urban centre. Besides the earlier public sector undertaking and other industries, the new investments are mainly in electronics and information technology. In AP, Vishakhapatnam has also been a centre of growth, attracting big investments.

Most urban centres in other areas are not receiving much investment and are therefore experiencing some level of stagnation. They are however major centres of industry with a large working class. They also play a very important role in their regions. Some of these centres are:-

a) Kolkata: Though it has lost its all-India importance, it remains the centre for the whole of eastern India. It has a large and diverse industrial base, but no major new area of industrial growth. The city too is growing at a slow pace. It has got new investment but a large part is for the expansion of existing plants. The working class is diverse, but basically from eastern India. Due to slow industrial growth unemployment rate is relatively higher.

b) Industrial Cities of Central India: The investments coming into these areas are mainly for power and fuel, and metallurgical industries. However new projects are relatively few and overall unemployment there is growing.

c) Cities of the Gangetic Plain: These cities including old major industrial centres like Kanpur, are not receiving much new investment and are thus stagnating. The cities however continue to grow due to influx from the rural areas.

The above trend and pattern of urban growth has to be taken into account while drawing up a perspective and plan for urban work.

2.2 Changes in Class Composition and Structure of Cities

Besides the changes at the all-India level there are also significant changes taking place within the cities, particularly the largest cities. This is resulting in changes in the nature and composition of the work force, as well as the geographical placement of various classes and communities.

2.2.1 De-industrialisation of major cities

Over the years most major cities have seen a decline in manufacturing activity as compared to business activity in banking, finance, and other service sectors. This process started first with the largest cities, with the close down of many of Kolkata’s jute mills and other industries from the late sixties. This process however became very generalised from the early eighties with the decline of the textile mills in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and other centres. Lakhs of blue-collar jobs were destroyed without the setting up of any new industries within the city. Since the last twenty years now, hardly any new industry has been located within the major old cities. New industrialisation is normally taking place on the outskirts of the main city, or in the nearby towns and cities. This is combined by an increase of white-collar jobs in the field of services,with investment normally going into these areas.

This process has led to a change in the class composition of most cities, particularly the metropolitan cities. Aggregate data on urban areas as a whole show a gradual decline in the percentage of male workers engaged in manufacturing from 27 per cent in 1983 to 23.6 per cent in 1993-94. For female workers, the decline was from 26 per cent in 1983 to 23.6 per cent in 1993-94. Over the same period, the percentage of male workers engaged in the services sector has increased from 24.8 per cent to 26.4 per cent, the increase for women workers being from 31.4 per cent to 38.8 per cent. Here services has been defined to include finance, insurance and business services and all other services, including community and social services. This indicates that the overall proportion of the industrial proletariat in urban areas throughout India is falling as compared to the employees engaged in offices, marketing establishments, hotels, etc.

While the above figures give the overall picture, the actual situation with regard to particular cities will be different. Since this factor is very important for our organisational perspective, plans, and tasks at the city level, all the respective committees should conduct city level class analysis

regarding the situation and trend in their areas.

2.2.2 Changes in the Workforce

With closures of industries and the accompanying loss of jobs, many workers are forced to take up casual work or earn on their own through hawking, plying rickshaws, running roadside tea stalls and food joints, etc. At the same time new youth entering the work force do not get regular jobs immediately (unemployment rate is the highest in the 15 to 24 age group) and are forced to take casual employment or also run some small trade. This trend is increasing in recent years in the urban areas. At the same time more and more women are being employed in jobs but at much lower wage rates. This trend which had started since the early eighties in most cities has further accelerated since the liberalisation policies.

The percentage of urban males in regular work has dropped and the

percentage of self-employed and casual labourers has gone up. At the same time the percentage of women in regular work has gone up, though this does not affect the total size of the working class so much because women compose only 17% of the total urban workforce.

This then means a change in the composition of the working people. Firstly there has been an increase in the proportion of the semi-proletariat (i.e. self-employed); secondly there has been an increase in the proportion of women workers being paid very low wages; and thirdly there has been an increase in the casual labour force.

Besides the above given changes, another change has been the shift of jobs from the larger factories of the organised sector to the small workshops and industries. In recent years the percentage of workers in the organised sector as compared to the total workforce has fallen from 8.5% in 1991 to 7.1% in 1997 to 6.9% in 1999-2000. As the workers are divided into smaller units their potential for unionisation also reduces.

All the above changes in the workforce have been presented here at the all-India level. These changes have significant consequences for our planning at the city and area levels. We should conduct local class analysis and plan accordingly.

2.2.3 Division or Segmentation of Cities

Cities and towns in India, basing on the colonial pattern, have always had a rich British section and a poorer Indian section. This separation however reduced to some extent in the process of growth of the metropolitan cities. Thus it became quite common to have slums adjoining posh high-rise buildings, and hawkers and vendors occupying space right next to the offices of multinationals in the heart of the central business district. Periodically drives would be taken up to demolish slums or evict hawkers, but they would most often manage to struggle and maintain their space within the centre of the city.

In the liberalisation-globalisation period however the ruling classes in most major cities, aspiring to make them ‘global’ cities, have in a coordinated and planned manner launched numerous measures to push the poor out of the core of the city and preserve it for the economic and social use of imperialist and comprador capital. This process has and is taking place in an intensive manner in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and in some other metropolitan cities. Similar patterns are however to be seen even in relatively smaller cities.

This process of dividing or segmenting the city is done through various measures. These measures extend from the old measures of slum demolition and hawker eviction to new forms like closure of ‘polluting’ factories, banning of protests in central areas, law changes encouraging privatisation and localisation of urban finance and urban facilities, regulations encouraging concentration of development in the richer zones, etc.

The role of the state is most prominent. Bureaucrats and urban planners operating under direct instructions from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other imperialist institutions have formulated laws, regulations, policies and master plans, which have given up even the earlier pretence of the slogans of equity and alleviating of urban poverty. Now the basic thrust of the plans are on ‘efficiency’ and ‘clean and green’ cities, which means basically providing sanitized five star enclaves with the best infrastructure and communication facilities for the offices, houses, and entertainment facilities of the corporate managers and elites, while pushing the urban poor along with their ‘unclean’ slums and ‘polluting’ industries to the borders of the city. The basic thrust of the National Capital Plan for Delhi and the 1993 Mega-City programme for the other 5 top cities mentioned above basically has this objective. The High Courts and Supreme Court, aided by anti-people so-called environmentalists, have also played a very active role in this process giving numerous court rulings to speed up this process in the name of ‘public interest’ litigation.

Numerous struggles of the working class and the urban poor have erupted against these measures. The November 2000 revolt of the Delhi working class and national bourgeoisie, and the struggles of Mumbai slum dwellers and Kolkata hawkers are some examples. However despite these struggles the remapping of the mega-cities and other metropolitan cities is proceeding ahead, and the socio-geographic pattern of cities like Mumbai has already changed considerably.

This process has to be dealt with by us at two levels. At one level we must participate in the mass struggles against the process of eviction and fight for the right of the working class and urban poor to live and work in their old areas. At another level we must take account of the changed pattern of the city in our analysis and planning. As part of our class analysis we should also map out the geographical locations of the various classes, both residential and work place. We should take it into account in our plans for organisation, protest, self-defence, etc.

2.2.4 Ghettoisation

A ghetto is a slum or locality inhabited mostly or completely by one community. When a particular community is attacked repeatedly and forced, for their safety, to concentrate in particular areas this process is called ghettoisation. Localities formed on the basis of nationality, caste and religion are very common in almost all Indian towns and cities. However not all have been formed by a process of ghettoisation.

Urban mass violence on the basis of nationality has comparatively infrequent examples like Cauvery riots in Bangalore where the Tamil national minority was attacked, or the 1967 Mumbai attacks on south Indians by Shiv Sena national chauvinists. This is to a great extent because of relative lack of support for such acts from the integrationist all-India ruling classes and the Central state machinery.

Caste violence and caste riots are more numerous, with some towns and cities repeatedly witnessing attacks on dalits. Anti-reservation riots in many parts of the country are a constant form of caste attacks. Such upper caste violence has led to further sharpening the division of many towns and forcing all dalits to live in separate areas to better organise their self-defence.

The main form of violence has however been the attacks and organised pogroms by the Hindu communalists and fascists, primarily against the Muslims, but also against the Sikhs and Christians. This has led to the sharp segregation of the Muslim community and the creation of Muslim mohallas in almost all towns and cities where they have any existence. However with the metropolitanisation of some cities there has been some small shift out of Muslims into other areas. This too is being sought to be drastically reversed by the Hindu fascists during the eighties and the nineties.

The eighties and the nineties have seen the largest number of anti- Muslim pogroms associated with the political ascent of the Hindu fascists of the Sangh parivar. The major centre for this has been the western corridor with massacres of Muslims in almost all the major cities in this belt – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai and Surat, as well as other smaller cities like Bhiwandi, Malegaon and Bharuch. The major urban centres of the south too have been centres for communal riots – Coimbatore, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, besides other smaller cities like Mangalore, Bhadravati, etc. Some have also taken place in the cities of Central India and the Gangetic plain. Most of these attacks have been done with the full connivance and even participation of the state forces. Of all these, Gujarat is being taken up by the fascists as a laboratory for an experiment in ethnic cleansing, with systematic physical and economic annihilation of Muslims.

As the Hindu fascists’ campaign spreads in other parts of the country, ghettoisation is bound to sharply intensify in most cities. Purely Muslim areas, suspicious of all others, and organised for self-defence will become essential for the survival of the community. Sharpening of divisions on communal basis can become a serious barrier to building class unity. Our Party in the urban areas has to seriously take the ghettoisation process into account in all plans. Sharp ghettoisation leads to lack of jobs for Muslims and pushes larger sections of them into the semi-proletariat. Thus merely organising within industry will not enable us to enter this oppressed community. Unless we base ourselves in the middle of the ghetto, we will not be able to gain entry into organising the community, we will not also be able to build the united front against the Hindu fascists. Thus, in our planning, we have to clearly identify the ghettos of a city and draw up our plan for gaining entry into them. While doing this, we need to organise them on their basic needs and day to day problems too.


3.1 Strategic Approach in Urban Work

3.1.1 Role of Urban Work within the Political Strategy

As the Ninth Congress says, “Working class leadership is the indispensable condition for the New Democratic Revolution in India. The working class exercises its leadership in the revolution through its direct participation. Apart from rising under the leadership of the Communist Party in the overall struggle for democracy and liberation and thereby uniting all other sections of the people in anti-imperialist and anti-feudal struggles, the working class organizes the agrarian revolution by sending its advanced detachment to the rural areas.” [Page 36, S&T]

Thus, being the centres of concentration of the industrial proletariat, urban areas play an important part within the political strategy of the New Democratic Revolution. It is the task of the party in the urban areas to mobilise and organise the proletariat in performing its crucial leadership role. Urban work thus means, firstly, forming the closest possible links with the working class, and, through the class struggle, establishing the party as a proletarian vanguard; further, it means the mobilisation and unification of all other sections under proletarian leadership in the struggle to achieve the tasks of the revolution.

3.1.2 Role of Urban Work within the Military Strategy

The specific characteristics of revolutionary war in India “determine the military strategy to be one of protracted people’s war – of establishing revolutionary base areas first in the countryside where the enemy is militarily weak and then to gradually surround and capture the cities which are the bastions of the enemy forces.” [Page 8, S&T]

Thus it is clear that the armed struggle and the movement in the rural areas will play the primary role, and the work in the cities will play a secondary role, complementary to the rural work. However, while giving first priority to the rural work, we must also give due importance to the urban struggle. Without a strong urban revolutionary movement, the ongoing people’s war faces difficulties; further, without the participation of the urban masses it is impossible to achieve countrywide victory. As Com. Mao says, “the final objective of the revolution is the capture of the cities, the enemy’s main bases, and this objective cannot be achieved without adequate work in the cities.” (Mao, Selected Works, Vol. II, Pg. 317).

Thus the correct dialectical relationship has to be maintained between the development of the urban movement and the development of the people’s war. We should, by building up a strong urban movement, ensure that the urban masses contribute to creating the conditions that will obtain success for the armed struggle in the countryside. As we have seen in the earlier section, India has a larger proportion of the population in urban areas and a much larger working class than at the time of the Chinese revolution. This too increases the relative importance of urban work in the particular conditions of Indian revolution.

3.1.3 Long-term Approach

The cities and big industrial centres are the strongholds of reaction where the enemy is the most powerful. In these places the police, army, other state organs, and other forces of counter-revolution are concentrated and are in a dominant position from which they can suppress the people’s forces. At the same time our Party’s work and organisation is extremely weak and generally cannot achieve a dominant position till the final stages of the people’s war. It is this objective reality which determines our policy towards work in the urban areas.

In such a situation, where the enemy is much stronger, we cannot have a short-term approach of direct confrontation in order to achieve ‘quick results’. Rather, we should have a long-term approach. The task of the Party is to win over the masses, including the vast majority of the workers, and to build up the enormous strength of the working class in preparation for the decisive struggle in the future. Now is not the time for this final struggle between the revolution and counter revolution, and we should therefore avoid engaging the enemy in such a fight while the conditions are not in our favour. This means that we should act chiefly on the defensive (and not on the offensive); our policy should be one of protecting, preserving, consolidating and expanding the Party forces, while mobilising and preparing the broad urban masses for revolutionary struggle.

As Com. Mao, while outlining the tasks of the Party in the urban and other white areas dominated by the reactionaries, explained, “the Communist Party must not be impetuous and adventurist in its propaganda and organizational work………… must have well-selected cadres working underground, must accumulate strength and bide its time there. In leading the people in struggle against the enemy, the Party must adopt the tactics of advancing step by step slowly and surely, keeping to the principle of waging struggles on just grounds, to our advantage, and with restraint, and making use of such open forms of activity as are permitted by law, decree and social custom; empty clamour and reckless action can never lead to success.” (Mao, Selected Works, Vol. II, Pg. 318)

In order to mobilise the broadest possible sections in struggle it is absolutely essential that we should utilise all possible open and legal opportunities for work (and not reject the use of legality). Broad mass organisations help the Party to have wide contact with masses, so that it can work under cover for a long time and accumulate strength. While exploring the open opportunities, it is essential that we organise people into secret organisations too.

Broad, open and legal forms of organising the masses have, however, to be combined with the strictest methods of secrecy, especially with regard to the link between the open and underground organisation. All precautions should be taken to protect the identity of our comrades in the open organisations and contacts with the underground organisatiion should be maintained at the minimum. At the same time particular care should be taken to ensure that the underground structures do not get exposed and smashed. For this a long term approach and patience are absolutely essential. We should be even ready to sacrifice the short-term requirements of doing a particular job well in order to avoid endangering the long-term existence and functioning of the underground structure.

3.2 Main Objectives of Our Urban Work

Work in the cities and towns involves a number of tasks. All these

tasks can however be combined under three broad heads or objectives.

They are as follows: –

1) Mobilise and organise the basic masses and build the Party on that basis: This is the main activity of the Party. It is the Party’s task to organise the working class, as well as other classes and sections like the semi-proletariat, students, middle class employees, intellectuals, etc. It also has the task of dealing with the problems of special social groups like women, dalits, and religious minorities and mobilising them for the revolutionary movement. It is on this basis that the masses are politicized and the advanced sections consolidated into the Party.

2) Build the United Front: This involves the task of unifying the working class, building worker-peasant solidarity and alliance, uniting with other classes in the cities, building the fronts against globalisation, against Hindu fascism, against repression, etc. This is a very important aspect of the work of the Party in the city.

3) Military Tasks: While the main military tasks are performed by the PGA and PLA in the countryside, the urban movement too performs tasks complementary to the rural armed struggle. These involve the sending of cadre to the countryside, infiltration of enemy ranks, organising in key industries, sabotage actions in coordination with the rural armed struggle, logistical support, etc.

Of the above three, the first task of organising the basic masses is fundamental and primary. Without widely mobilising the masses it is not possible to perform any of the other tasks such as building of UF and performing the military tasks.

3.3 Mass Mobilisation and Party Building

We need to build the broadest mass base by building various types of mass organisations, such as, open revolutionary mass organisations, legal democratic organisations, secret mass organisations, cover organisations, etc. Depending upon the situation one or other type of organisation becomes primary for that period. But keeping in mind long term approach, we need to build several types of mass organisations simultaneously.

Thus the general principle with regard to urban forms of organisation is that the mass organisations should be as wide as possible. As the Indian political situation is uneven, we need to explore right combination of various types of mass organisations. While there is no possibility to form open revolutionary mass organisations in AP, there are several states in which still such possibility still exists.

Thus we may organise the people in several forms, depending on the situation. But Party building should always be done with utmost secrecy. As the experience of work in Shanghai city, where the white terror was utmost, during the Chinese Revolution shows, “the party organisation should be secret, the more secret, the better. Whereas, a mass organisation should be open, the wider, the better.” This principle could be creately applied to our conditions.Those organisations, which openly propagate Party politics, should generally function secretly. Those organisations functioning openly and legally, generally cannot openly identify with the Party, and should work under some cover with a limited programme.

Correctly coordianating between illegal and legal structures,we should have an approach of step by step raising the forms of struggle and preparing the masses to stand up against the might of the state.

3.3.1 Types of Mass Organisations

Our POR identifies three types of mass organisations:- 1)secret revolutionary mass organisations, 2)open and semi-open revolutionary mass organisations, and 3)open legal mass organisations, which are not directly linked to the Party. Urban work within the third type of organisations can further be subdivided into three broad categories:- a)fractional work, b)party-formed cover organisations, and c)legal democratic organisations. Secret Revolutionary Mass Oganisations

These organisations remain strictly underground and propagate the Party’s revolutionary line among the masses rousing them for armed struggle. They openly call upon the masses to participate in the people’s war, propagate the central task drawn up by the Party at any given time, secretly organise the masses into struggles and directly serve as the base for recruitment for the Party and the people’s war. These mass organisations are built clandestinely and conduct secret propaganda. They are built around a clear-cut and explicit revolutionary programme. Acceptance of the aims of the revolution and willingness to work secretly are thus minimum criteria for membership.

In our party such mass organisations were not formed as a plan. They emerged in and around the struggle areas when the open revolutionary mass organisations were forced to go underground under severe repression. Later they were consciously formed even in areas with relatively less repression. Today with the imposition of an All-India ban under POTA, mass organisations in many more areas will be built underground. Many of these organisations are principally functioning in urban areas. Though such secret organisations may be formed in any section of the masses, we have so far, in the urban areas, mainly set them up among the youth, students, and workers.

In urban areas these secret organisations perform the important task of propagating the Party line among various sections of the masses. They are the main vehicles of revolutionary propaganda. Due to the dominant position of the enemy in the cities, the important task of rousing the masses through revolutionary propaganda must be performed through a secret structure. The secret structure of the Party however cannot be the only medium to propagate revolutionary politics. This would limit the extent and depth of the impact of our propaganda. It is therefore necessary to develop separate secret organisational structures among various sections of the people which will carry the message of the Party’s calls to those sections in particular, as well to other sections of the broad masses. This therefore is the principal task of the secret revolutionary mass organisations in the urban areas.

It is the task of the secret units and committees to plan the forms and methods of propagating the Party line, the dissemination of Party propaganda, and the formulation and propagation of the revolutionary standpoint on various issues of the day – particularly the issues affecting the section which they are orgainising. These can be done through secret posters, voices, pamphlets, cassettes, booklets, and other forms of propaganda; it can be done through personal contact by the organisation members; it can be done through planned dramatic actions like attacks on imperialist, comprador, and other ruling class targets, etc. Through sustained and effective propaganda, and planned actions, the secret revolutionary mass organisation must aim to reach a position where it influences, guides and even determines the actions and decisions of the non-Party organisations and the masses in its field of operation.

There could be some limitations for the secret mass organisations in organising and mobilising the masses in struggle in a big way. But there are occasions wherein secret mass organisations–though their actual organisation is limited and their influence is significant–could lead important struggles in which lakhs of workers par Secret forms of struggle can and must be used. Si Ka Sa is a example for that.

Secret revolutionary mass organisations may not rally masses in a wide and broad way as that of open revolutionary mass organisations. When an open revolutionary mass organisation is forced to go underground, while changing the work methods from open methods to secret methods by sending exposed cadre to UG, etc., wherever possible, unexposed portion of the organisation’s forces should be shifted so as to work in other types of organisations such as cover organisations, fractional work, legal democratic organisations, and so on.

Secret organisations are the not organs for leading and directing the legal organisations, which are not directly linked to the Party. This will create an unnecessary semi-party form of layer between the Party and such organisations. We should thus also generally avoid forming units of the secret organisation within the open organisation so as to lead the open bodies. This leadership should be done by the Party fractions and cells functioning in the area. The secret organisation performs its revolutionary role by giving calls and conducting propaganda to guide and push the open organisations in the correct direction. However this too should be avoided in areas where the field of fractional or cover work is too small or where the open revolutionary propaganda may lead to exposure that we are doing such work in that area. If it is necessary for the secret organisation members to actively work within the open organisation, they will work as ordinary open members of the organisation, while taking special care to safeguard their political identity. It is better to avoid combining of the tasks of the secret organisation activist and open organisation leader; wherever possible different comrades should be assigned these separate tasks.

Thus the secret mass organisation should serve as vehicle of revolutionary Party propaganda in the urban areas. It is the form of organisation that is suited for implementing this important task. Open Revolutionary Mass Organisations

These are the open and semi-open mass organisations, which openly propagate the politics of New Democratic Revolution and prepare the people for armed struggle. These organisations make use of the available legal opportunities to carry on revolutionary propaganda and agitation openly and try to mobilise anti-imperialist, anti-feudal forces as widely as possible.

Our Party has formed and run such open revolutionary mass organisations since the seventies, particularly in the period following the lifting of the Emergency in 1977. These open organisations were then the main organs of mass mobilisation both in the rural and urban areas. They were the banners under which thousands and lakhs were mobilised, particularly in the struggle areas of AP and Bihar. These mobilizations reached their peak in the ‘open’ periods upto 1986 and during 1991 in AP. They played the role of attracting the broad masses towards the revolution. However with the onset of repression most of these organisations were denied any legal opportunities and were forced to go underground. Direct bans were imposed in AP and Bihar, whereas serious restrictions and surveillance were placed on the organisations in other states. Thus the scope of such organisations has drastically reduced with the rise in repression on our Party throughout the country. Today only very small open bodies exist in some cities.

As is clear from experience, this form of organisation can only be used when the ruling classes, due to various reasons cannot or do not bring repression. This being the case there is limited scope for this type of organisation in the urban areas. Since the enemy generally has the strong upper hand in the urban areas, there are few situations where repression cannot be brought about. Thus as the people’s war sharpens, the scope for legal opportunities is either because of the weakness of the ruling classes due to internal contradictions, or due to a plan of the state to keep watch on our forces or due to some other temporary reason.

Whatever be the reason, we should however evaluate the situation and try to make the best use of the legal opportunities available, while keeping in mind the long-term perspective. This means that if we are to get the opportunity to mobilise the masses in large numbers under our direct banner, we should make use of the chance. At the same time we should expose only a small section of our forces and make sure that the majority of our cadre remain hidden from enemy surveillance. We should on no account indulge in small demonstrations where all our activists are easily identified and even videofilmed for easy targeting in future. We should understand that the period of legal opportunities for open revolutionary organisations will generally be short and we should make the best use of the period for long-term gains. While attempting to mobilise the largest numbers of the masses in struggle on the openly revolutionary platform of the open mass organisation, the Party should concentrate on strengthening and consolidating the elements from these struggles who will serve the long term interests of the protracted people’s war.

Thus we must be clear that the open revolutionary mass organisation cannot be a permanent form of mass organisation in the urban areas. It can and must be utilised in the periods and situations of legal opportunities, and we must be ever alert to make use of such opportunities whenever they arise. However while doing so we must be ever conscious of the long-term interests of the Party and the class struggle and make sure that they do not suffer in order to obtain some short term gains. Fractional Work

Here the Party works through the numerous traditional mass organisations that operate in the urban areas. These traditional mass organisations are the organisations normally set up by the masses to fight for their sectional interests or otherwise fulfill their needs. The Party, through its members or other activists, penetrates such organisations without exposing any links with the Party. Through the activities of the organisation, the masses, while being mobilised for their sectional interests, are attempted to be drawn towards the revolution. This method of organising, if properly conducted, offers the best opportunity for cover work for a long period of time. It is therefore indispensable in areas of severe repression. However it can and should be used in all urban areas because it also provides excellent mass forums for approaching large sections of the people; and if we do not disclose links with the Party we can function for long periods without suffering enemy repression.

Work of this nature can be carried out in various types of organisations. The best organisations are those which are more oriented to struggle, like trade unions, slum and other locality based organisations, youth organisations, unemployed organisations, students associations and unions, women’s organisations, commuter associations, etc. Besides there are also other organisations which are welfare oriented, community based or are self-help organisations – like workers’ cooperatives, cultural organisations, sports clubs and gymnasiums, libraries, bhajan mandals, non-governmental welfare organisations, women’s welfare organisations, caste based and nationality based welfare organisations, minorities’ bodies, etc. There are also many organisations, which emerge on a particular issue, for a particular period, or for a particular festival, etc.

Most of these organisations emerge naturally due to needs of the masses. However many of them will have either direct affiliations or indirect links with ruling class parties and organisations. This however does not need to affect our plan to work among them at the lower levels. Our main considerations while deciding to work in a particular organisation are, firstly, whether the masses are or can be mobilised through that organisation, and secondly, whether the situation of the organisation is such that there is scope to politically influence the masses and draw some elements towards the Party.

Sometimes there are various mass organisations of different affiliations operating in the same area – e.g. multiple trade unions within a single factory. At such time we may have to decide which organisation to work within. This decision again should be broadly according to the onditions given above. We may even decide to work in more than one organisation if it suits our plan for the area. However our general approach would be to oppose the splitting of the unity of the masses and to stand for the unity of all representative mass organisations working in a particular area.

Once we have decided to do fractional work within an organisation we should strive to achieve a leading position in it. This means we should be in a position to influence and guide the decisions of the organisation. If it is necessary to takeover office bearers’ posts in order to achieve this influence, then we should make attempts to do so. This however does not mean that we should always push for PMs to be in office bearers’ posts. If our plans can be fulfilled through non-PMs or even through leaders belonging to other parties it is the best. This will not only better maintain our cover, but also will leave our PMs free to perform other tasks. However if there is no other alternative, and it is the will of themajority, we should not have any ban on even PMs taking up such posts.

Whether we take up office bearers’ posts or not, the important point in fractional work is the skillful exposure of the reactionaries and reformists leading or participating within these organisations. This exposure is essential to draw the masses away from their influence. This must however be done without exposing ourselves to the enemy. The forms of exposure will thus differ depending upon the concrete situation. In vast areas where risk of direct exposure of our fractional work activists is low, we can use propaganda by the secret revolutionary mass organisation or even direct calls by the Party. In smaller areas like a single factory or slum we may have to mainly or only use word-of-mouth propaganda. Sometimes we can create artificial banners like ‘angry workers’, ‘concerned slum dwellers’, etc. for doing our propaganda. Very often we may have to use a combination of various methods. Whatever be the method it should be applied carefully, skillfully, and consistently. It should ensure that the masses are drawn away from the influence of reactionaries and reformists; it should also at the same time ensure that we do not get prematurely exposed and face losses.

There are two types of deviations in fractional work. One is to sink to the level of the reactionaries and reformists leading the organisation and refuse to do any political work in the name of having a long-term approach and preventing exposure. The other is to get rapidly exposed due to our desire to achieve ‘quick results’. Both deviations should be avoided. The main problem in our fractional work so far however has been our lack of a long-term approach. Our mistakes range from excessive revolutionary rhetoric, to simple errors like singing Party songs or distributing Party literature without ascertaining the reliability of those whom we are giving the literature to. Though much experience exists in the international communist movement and though we ourselves have gained many lessons in practice, we have not yet successfully been able to internalise and implement these lessons in our day to day activity. Though we have recognised this error in our documents, we have to yet educate all levels to concretely bring this into practice. The in-depth participation of the leadership is necessary for this.

The crucial point is to achieve the correct balance of making the fullest use of the legal opportunities without crossing the boundaries set by social customs, habits, existing forms of struggle, etc. Our speech and actions should suit the normal functioning of the activists and masses in the particular area. This will of course vary from situation to situation. While it may not be abnormal to resort to gherao among many sections of industrial workers, we may have to restrict to black badges and dharnas for bank employees; while militant anti-dowry and anti-caste struggles may be normal in some areas and states, social norms in other states or areas may be such that they would draw immediate suspicion if we tried to engage in such struggles through cover organisations. We would probably have to restrict ourselves to propaganda in such situations. Thus we should plan our activities, and our issues and forms of struggle according to the concrete situation of the class struggle, so that our Party identity is not quickly suspected and exposed. We should of course not reduce ourselves to mere tails of the masses. We should be skillful enough to remain one step ahead of the masses, without getting exposed. We should use opportunities to push the struggle to the maximum socially acceptable limits, while raising the political consciousness of the masses above their earlier level. We should thus through a long-term approach continuously advance the movement.

Once we have implemented the correct approach and methods in our fractional work it can become a powerful tool in our urban work. This was widely used form of organising in urban work in the Chinese Revolution. Party-formed Cover Mass Organisations

It sometimes becomes necessary for us to directly form mass organisations under cover without disclosing their link with the Party. Mostly, such a need arises due to the absence of any other suitable mass organisation within which we can do fractional work. An example is the case of unorganised workers, where the established trade unions have a limited presence and we often have no option but to set up our own trade union organisation to take up the unorganised workers’ demands. This however is not the only area where we may form cover organisations. In fact, cover organisations can be of as many varied types as the organisations for fractional work we have mentioned in the earlier section. They can range from trade union type struggle organisations to welfare type organisations to issue-based organisations, etc. The methods of mass work too are not very different from the areas of fractional work. The main difference is of course that we do not have the task of exposure, as when working within the reactionary and reformist organisations.

Wherever we form such cover organisations our programme will be of a limited nature, similar to other such organisations working in the area. While utilising these cover organisations to mobilise the masses on their specific demands, we will try to draw the best elements into the Party.

We should be careful (especially in repression areas) not to attract the attention of the state by far exceeding the socially acceptable limits of militancy for that area. For example if the normal weapons used in the area are knives and swords we should not resort to firearms, or we should not normally resort to annihilations in a new area where there has not been any history of such actions.

We have had some experience of building cover organisations now since the last few years. We have committed various mistakes (mentioned in our POR) leading to the quick exposure of our forces in many areas. While learning from these mistakes we should inculcate the correct long term approach to preserve such organisations for a long period of time while making them strong bastions of mass struggle. Legal Democratic Organisations

These are the organisations formed on an explicit political basis with some or all aspects of an anti-imperialist, anti-feudal programme, and with a programme of action and forms of struggle that broadly fall within a legal framework. Some such organisations may be those catering to a particular section like trade unions, student bodies, women’s fronts, caste abolition organisations, nationality organisations, writers’ associations, lawyers’ organisations, teachers’ associations, cultural bodies, etc. Others may be formed with issue-oriented programmes focussing on particular core questions like contract labour system, unemployment and job losses, caste atrocities, communalism, imperialist culture, violence on women, saffronisation of education, corruption, regional backwardness and statehood, etc. The scope of the legal democratic organisation is very wide, xtending to the broad coalitions and alliances formed against repression, globalisation, Hindutva, and right up to the all-encompassing bodies formed with the banners of anti-capitalism or people’s struggles. Such organisations can be formed at various levels – town/city level, district level, state level, regional level, all-India level, or even at the international level.

Our Party has been initiating or participating in the formation of such organisations only since the last few years. Our experience thus has been limited. But rather than experience, the problem has more been the lack of a clear understanding regarding the concept, role and importance to the legal democratic organisation. This has led to spontaneity, a trial and error approach, and mistakes in practice. This has resulted in our organisations remaining within a narrow base of support. It has prevented us from actually implementing in practice the full scope of the legal democratic organisations. It has prevented us from making the fullest use of legal opportunities for the widest mobilisation of the masses.

Actually the legal democratic organisations serve as important means to the Party’s attempts at the political mobilisation of the urban masses. This is because repression normally prevents the open revolutionary mass organisations from functioning. The legal democratic movement is thus the arena where the masses can participate in thousands and lakhs and gain political experience. It thus has a very important role in the revolution, complementary to the armed struggle in the countryside. Revolutionaries in other countries, particularly the Philippines, have participated within and utilised the legal democratic movement very effectively. In India too there is excellent scope to participate within, build, promote and develop legal democratic organisations and movement to advance the interests of revolution. The masses suffering under the yoke of imperialism and feudalism, regularly participate in countless small or big, militant, dayto- day struggles. These are led by innumerable grassroots level organisations and leaders with a restricted perspective and functioning within a legal framework. It is these struggles and organisations that provide the concrete material basis for the setting up of broad democratic organisations. And it is through the legal democratic movement that these struggles are brought out of their narrow confines, are unified, and gain political direction.

Thus it is necessary that our Party in the urban areas should give considerable importance to the task of participating in and building up a strong and broad legal democratic movement. We should join, form, or join in the formation of legal democratic organisations of various types – sectional, issue-oriented or broad-based; depending on necessity and feasibility, this can be at any level ranging from the town/area level to the all-India/international level. While taking up this task and allocating orces for it however, we must also guard against a tendency to overemphasize one-sidedly the sweeping mass mobilisations and struggles at the cost of the central tasks of consolidation and party building. The legal democratic movement itself too can grow from strength to strength and remain on the correct political course only if we concentrate sufficiently and simultaneously on developing the secret Party core within it. Thus while giving due importance to the legal movement, we should take care to maintain the correct dialectical balance between the needs and importance of both the legal and illegal work, the open and the secret organisation.

Maintaining relations between the open and secret also means strict

adherence to tech precautions. This means protecting the Party leadership from exposure and danger, as well as protecting the legal leadership from being exposed as belonging to our Party. Meetings between open and secret leadership should as far as possible be avoided and guidance should normally be through written communication and other means which should be done by protecting the Party link. When a meeting has to take place, proper care should be taken that the legal comrades are not ollowed. Similarly errors like meeting public figures in front of entire squads thus directly exposing their links, should be avoided.

Generally we should avoid exposing our Party’s influence within a particular organisation, as well as the identity of our PMs and other comrades close to us. However as its activities expand and intensify, we cannot prevent the enemy from growing suspicious, launching surveillance and indulging in harassment. However, this does not mean that they will be able to easily launch full-scale repression and bring a ban. As long as the organisation adheres to the principles of legal democratic functioning, and as long as it has a broad enough base of support, it will be difficult for the state to close it down.

The crucial central point in this however is the broadness of the organisation. If we set up a narrow organisation limited only to our Party forces, we cannot expect it to continue for long even if we use all tech precautions to conceal our identity. On the other hand, if broad sections of the masses are rallied and if a wide range of non-Party forces are united, the enemy will not be in such an easy position to suppress fully. Even if they launch attacks they risk the possibility of still wider protests and support.

However in order to achieve broad unity, it is necessary for us to have such an approach in whatever legal democratic effort we participate in. We should broaden our efforts far beyond the revolutionary camp and attempt to involve and unite with a wide spectrum of struggling forces on various fronts. A minimum political understanding for any organisation should be the basis for our unification efforts. Our basic condition should be serious adherence to a minimum political programme. We should in fact target such organisations and individuals that are seriously committed to struggle and try to involve them in any effort at broad unity. If we have such an approach and are able to allocated suitable forces we will definitely be able to soon achieve much success. It is through such efforts that we will be able to see the legal democratic movement emerge as a powerful urban force, complementing the rural armed struggle and helping to advance the revolution throughout the country.

3.3.2 Organising at the Place of Residence

Though the workplace organisation is the primary organisation of the workers, we should also pay attention to organise the workers within the slums and localities. Through this we can get contact with new workers from various industries, we can draw the families of the workers into the movement, and we can organise the semi-proletariat and other sections of the urban poor living in the slums and poor localities.

In slums and other poor localities there are already numerous traditional organisations in existence. Constantly living in precarious conditions, the urban poor naturally come together to help each other and unite within organisations to fight for their rights, to secure better living conditions, to solve problems among themselves and to better organise their social and cultural activities. The common types of traditional organisations are slum-dwellers organisations, basti or chawl committees, mahila mandals, youth clubs, sports clubs, cultural bodies, committees for various festivals like Ganesh festival, Durga puja, Ambedkar Jayanti, etc. There are also some organisations that are peculiar to certain regions, cities, and areas. Since such organisations offer the best cover we should try to make the best use of these traditional organisations and mainly work from within them. Even if there is a need to form new legal organisations, we should normally give them the forms already existing among the masses.

Struggle issues are a regular feature of locality work, particularly slum work. Fights for basic amenities like water, electricity, toilets and sewerage, against corruption and exploitation of ration shop owners, adulterators and black marketeers, against slumlords, goonda gangs and other lumpens, and against demolitions are some of the regular issues. We should organise the struggles on these issues through the local committees and the slum-dweller organisations. As women and unemployed youth play a leading role in most of these struggles, the mahila mandals and youth clubs should also be involved and struggles can even be led under their banners.

Besides the above struggle issues and organisations, we should also pay attention to the welfare and cultural needs of the masses. We should make use of cultural bodies to promote democratic culture. We can also initiate the setting up of libraries and reading rooms that can provide progressive education. We should also pay attention to solving the contradictions among the people. Traditional forms like panchayats should be transformed and rid of feudal and exploitative practices.

We should always propagate and educate against the activities of the Hindu fascists. In areas prone to communal tensions we should set up permanent all community peace committees and open self-defence teams. Similar suitable steps may also be taken up in areas of caste or nationality based tensions. Self-defence should also be organised against the goondas and lumpens. If such teams are well organised, they can even play a role in leading the mass resistance at times of demolition.

A problem peculiar to slum work is the problem of imperialist funded NGOs. They are today in existence in almost all the slums of the main cities of the country. We should educate the slum masses and particularly the activists about the sinister role of such organisations and the agencies financing them. We should particularly expose them when they stand in the path of the people’s struggles. However if such organisations come forward for struggles we can have issue-based unity with them. In situations of repression we can also work within them.

Through the traditional mass organisations, we can and should organise political propaganda, but it will be of a limited nature. For higher level of propaganda and mobilisation we should use the legal democratic organisation banners or can even affiliate some of the traditional organisations to these legal democratic organisations. Thus the issues of the slum can be broadened and linked to the broader fight against globalisation and imperialism.

For propaganda on direct Party positions however we should use secret organisations like the secret revolutionary workers’ organisation and the secret revolutionary youth organisation. They should however only be used while keeping in mind the precautions to prevent exposure of our locality work. Thus if the slum and locality work is very small and narrow, we should avoid propaganda by the secret organisations in such

an area.

We should consolidate the activists emerging from the struggle first into basti activist groups and then into Party candidate cells and full cells. The basti activist groups, the Party cells and the basti Party committees are the cores for planning and leading all the activities and struggles in the bastis, for political propaganda and education, and for recruiting new members into the Party.

The situation of the urban poor in the slums and poor localities is worsening continuously. The slum population of India today stands at 4.1 cores, spread in 607 towns. The largest mega city, Mumbai, has 49% of its population in the slums. Our Party has so far paid limited attention to the organising of this section. Other revolutionary parties, particularly the Peru Communist Party (PCP) have been particularly successful in this respect. In fact the shantytowns of Lima have been the strongholds of the revolutionaries for a long period. We too should work at creating such strongholds in India’s major cities.

3.3.3 Party-Building

Mass struggles and mass organisations are absolutely necessary for preparing the masses for revolution. They however are not sufficient by themselves without the conscious consolidation and development of the vanguard – the Party. Thus the best elements that emerge through the struggles should go through a process of politicisation in struggle, ideological and political education in activist groups, study circles and political schools, and consolidation into candidate and party cells. This process is relatively a slow painstaking process as compared to the spontaneous sweeping element of the mass movement. Consolidation cannot emerge by itself spontaneously without a conscious programme for it and consistent monitoring and implementation at all levels. In urban areas the Party cell is the crucial body for systematic and serious Partybuilding. However all higher bodies must constantly follow-up and pay attention to this task

In the urban areas the main concentration has to be on the consolidation of the vanguard elements from the industrial proletariat class. This is doubly important considering the present weak working class composition of our Party. We have to thus concentrate on the struggles and organisations of the working class, both at the work place and in the bastis, and have a target of drawing the largest numbers of the best members of the working class into the party. Besides the working class, we should give importance to the consolidation from the semiproletariat, the students, the intellectuals and other sections of the petty bourgeoisie. Activist Groups

The secret activist group is a crucial unit in the Party-building and recruitment process. It is the preliminary organisational form for consolidation of the most active and sincere elements emerging from the class struggle. It is the unit through which the activities of its members are given political direction, through which they receive ideological and political education, through which their life decisions are politicised, and through which they are chosen to become members of the Party.

The activist group may be formed at the workplace – factory, mine, industrial estate, shift, department, section, office, branch, or any other level which is a unit for organising; it may be formed at the place of residence – the slum, chawl, street, society, or any other level which is a unit for organising; it may be formed in schools, colleges, or other institutions; and where the organising is based on a particular section, the activist group can be formed at the level suitable for that section.

The main basis for selection into the activist group is activity. All activist group members should be regular, or prepared to be regular, in activity. Other criteria are broad sympathy to revolutionary politics and steadfastness to the cause and interests of the section of the masses who are being organised.

The activist group will be built from the advanced elements within the masses. It should be formed as soon as possible after a certain level of activity. Depending on the concrete situation the group can consist of 3 to 7 members. Normally at least one capable PM should be given the responsibility for leading a particular activist group. This however should

normally be without disclosing his/her identity as a PM.

The tasks and responsibilities of an activist group will differ concretely according to the field of work. However for all organising among the basic masses these responsibilities can be broadly divided into 3 categories. Firstly there is the task of guiding and transforming the organisations of the masses into bodies genuinely representing the masses interests. If no mass organisations exist it should try to form such organisations. Secondly the group should be given the task of politicising the broad masses. Thirdly it should organise their self-defence. These responsibilities should be discussed in the activist group and concretely allocated among the members.

While leading the group in the above responsibilities, it is the task of the PM in charge to conduct the ideological and political education of the group. While classes and joint study should be conducted, great importance should also be given to other more flexible methods like informal discussion, films, individual reading, etc. As the group developes, where feasible, there should be collective discussion on personal and family problems and this should be used to help the members to take political decisions in their personal life.

Through the above process some or all or even none of the activist group members may develop to become candidate members and members of the Party. This will lead to the formation of a cell in the same area where the activist group had been operating. Once such a cell has been formed, the activist group should be dissolved or reconstituted without exposing the cell-formation to the non-PMs. As far as possible an activist group and party cell should not simultaneously exist having parallel responsibility for the same unit at the same level – e.g. there should not be an activist group and a cell simultaneously for the same department within a factory, though there may be a cell for the whole factory and an activist group for the department at the same time.

Thus the activist group is a transitory form of organisation. It’s purpose is to facilitate the consolidation of the advanced sections of the masses and build them into the vanguard. If it is conducted in a systematic and planned manner it can play a crucial role in the Party-building process. Political Education

Urban work activists and cadre function within the areas dominated by the enemy and are thus faced much more by alien class trends and the ideological influence of the bourgeoisie. Being normally distant from the zones of armed struggle there is a tendency to swing to extremes, deviating from our basic line. In situations when the urban movement is low there is the tendency towards despondency and lack of confidence in the revolutionary line. When the urban movement is on the upswing, there is the scope to overplay the importance of urban work and give less importance to the rural armed struggle. Such deviations can be prevented and rectified through continuous ideological and political education. There

is thus always the need for solid and systematic education in Marxism- Leninism-Maoism and the line of protracted people’s war. This is necessary not only for advancing the movement but also for fighting off the degenerative influence of the reactionaries.

Despite this need, political education in the urban Party is a much neglected area. Urban work is mostly conducted by independent organisers who remain for long periods out of the contact of the higher committees. In the absence of systematic planning and follow up, the task of political education is thus left to the capabilities and initiative at the lower level. There is also thus a greater possibility of being caught up in the urgencies of the immediate practical work and neglecting the long-term ideological requirements. Another problem is the tech problem of conducting classes and schools in the city. While risks from the state can be reduced by better secrecy methods, there still remains the problem of conducting numerous small batches to prevent exposure of comrades working in different areas. This problem of exposure can be sometimes reduced by mixing comrades from distant towns or even from different states, but this cannot always be the solution.

All this however implies that political education tasks in the city cannot be fulfilled without the active intervention of the higher committees. Courses, methods of conducting schools and taking classes, tech methods, training of teachers, plans for education at different levels – all require the personal attention of the higher committee members.

At the higher levels of AC and above it would be necessary, for the present, to systematically implement the programmes and courses decided by SCOPE. However in the future it will be necessary to develop special courses and training to particularly cater to the needs of urban work. One constant need, peculiar to urban work, would be that of developing the numerous teachers to take the number of small batches that urban work requires.

While thorough and continuous political education at the higher levels is the key to proper Party leadership, political education within the mass organisations and at the cell level is necessary to provide a sound foundation. The task of political education at these levels is all the more important in the urban areas because the normal area of activity for such comrades are the fractional and cover mass organisations where they cannot disclose their identity and where they have to constantly function among non-party forces and even ruling class elements.

Mass organisational education should use open forms of mass education for all topics permissible without attracting the attention of the state. We should try to adopt and adapt all locally prevalent forms used by the ruling classes and other classes. These can be like libraries, street corner reading posts and other such means which can be used to disseminate progressive literature among other general books; lecture series during festivals, debate competitions, elocution competitions, etc. where our comrades express progressive views; public speaking courses, personality development courses, etc. with political topics included in the syllabus; mass organisation training camps, and the like. The level of political education possible through such methods will of course be very low, but it is very essential to be conducted on a regular basis to keep up a political atmosphere among even the more backward sections within the mass organisation. For the more advanced sections we have of course to use different forums and methods – e.g. the activist group.

Political education for the activist group, candidate cells and party cells, will have to be planned at the level of the responsible committees. While education materials provided by SCOPE should be the basis, the committees should also select materials, which will suit the local urban conditions and also the particular sections being educated. While planning it must be kept in mind that the urban education system needs to be as decentralised as possible. This means that the courses and materials hould

be such that they can be easily implemented and used by the responsible organisers and PMs who will finally be performing the task of teachers. Where necessary they have to be given the attention and help to enable them to put the plan into implementation.

A well-planned decentralised political education system, with sufficient teachers and regular follow-up from the committee is thus what every urban area requires.

3.3.4 Party Structure

The question of the Party structure in the urban areas presents quite different problems from that in the rural areas where our Party is based. These relate to the problem of building and running stable structures, the continuity of party leadership, the coordination between open and secret work, between lower and higher bodies, and between the city organisation and the leadership based in the rural areas. We cannot resolve these problems without the close attention and study by the higher level bodies and the development of concrete and practical solutions. We also require however a broad common approach on the objectives, tasks and methods to be adopted for building and advancing the urban Party structure.

The essential principle forming the basis of our Party structure, particularly in the urban area, is political centralisation combined with organisational decentralisation. This means that all PMs and all bodies, particularly at the lower level, should have solid ideological-political foundations, so that they are able to independently find their bearings and take the correct organisational decisions according to the political line of the Party. This is particularly important in the urban areas because of the technical difficulties of maintaining close and constant links between the secret higher bodies and those at the lower levels engaged in direct open work. This is also important because urban work often demands immediate and quick responses to the events of the day. With rapid advances in electronic communication and media, delays of days and sometimes even hours in politically reacting to major events can hinder the impact that our Party can have on the urban movement. This thus depends on the strength of the bodies that form the foundation of our urban Party structure – the cells and the lower level committees – as well as on the Party fractions that link the Party with the mass organisations. Party Cell

The urban Party cell can be formed on the basis of unit of production

– for workers this could be factory, shop, department, section, shift, production line, industrial estate, etc. for students and middle class employees it could be the college, school, institution, office, etc.; the cell can also be formed on geographical basis (i.e. the place of residence) – this would be the slum, chawl, street, society, etc. Wherever the number of PMs in a particular unit (e.g. factory) is less that three they can be combined with adjoining units to form a cell. However this should not be done indiscriminately in the urban areas as this would lead to unnecessary exposure. Where the work is integrated a common cell may be formed. In other cases it is better to wait for further recruitment before formation

of a cell.

The cell is the body leading all other organisational units within its sphere of responsibility. It performs its basic tasks under the leadership of the next higher committee. The basic tasks of the urban cell include organising the masses, politicising them, educating the advanced elements and recruiting them into the party, and preparing its members and other activists to go to the countryside to work for the success of the agrarian revolution.

The cell should develop its own secret network of shelters and meeting places. As far as possible meetings should not be held in the areas where the members do their political work among the masses. Generally cell members should not be transferred from cell to cell as this would lead to unnecessary exposure.

Where there are at least three PRs functioning in an area and are known to each other, a Professional Revolutionary Cell (PRC) may be formed. The PRC however should not play the role of a Party committee and become a centre for planning the activity of the areas of all the PRs. This would result in unnecessary exposure of various structures and areas of work and could lead to losses. For the purpose of work planning, each PR can be a member of the cell responsible for his/her area of work. Where this is not possible, the planning should be done with the concerned organiser or committee member. The main function of the PRC is to provide the political training and development to the PR, which would not be possible within the time constraints and other limitations of a part timer cell. Longer political education programmes, collective study and debate, and other similar activities can be conducted through the PRC. Thus it can play a positive role in rapidly developing the future Party leadership. This advantage however should be balanced against the risks of exposure and losses in urban work. Thus if a PR is functioning in an unexposed area, or if he/she shows signs of vacillation, he/she should not be included in a PRC. Part-Timer Party Committees

Wherever there are two or more cells functioning in a particular locality or unit of production we should take up the task of forming the Factory/Industrial Area Party Committee or Basti Party Committee or College Party Committee as the case may be. These may be composed completely of part timers, or may include PRs or may in come cases include organiser level comrades. This is the level of Party Committee between the Area Committee/Organiser and the cells. It is the body that leads and guides all the cells, candidate cells, party fractions and other bodies within its field of responsibility. It is the body that ratifies the recruitment of candidate members and decides their full membership.

The Factory/Basti Committee is a very important layer in the urban Party structure. It improves Party functioning by providing more day to day attention to the functioning of the party cells and other lower level bodies. It also reduces the risk to higher level committees by providing another layer and eliminating the need for the higher committee member to always meet all the cells. Despite its importance we have not paid sufficient attention within our Party to developing this layer in the urban areas. We have as yet very few areas where such committees have been created and our experience is thus very limited. The main aspects we should concentrate upon while setting up these committees is proper selection of reliable committee members, stress on setting up a proper secret network for shelters, communication and meetings, and extreme care not to expose the identity of the committee members to all the PMs. Where necessary, precautions may also be taken while reporting, so that the actual identities of PMs and activists are protected. Generally we should adopt a long term approach towards building such committees and sustaining for a long period of time. A proper network of such committees can considerably improve the functioning of our urban Party structure. Party Fractions

Besides the cells and the Party committees, the Party sets up fractions in various non-Party organisations in order to ensure that members functioning within these organisations express a single will, pursue uniform tactics and act in harmony. They are the agencies through which the Party exercises influence over these organisations and carries through its policies. Since most of the work in the urban areas is done through non-Party organisations, properly functioning fractions are a very important part of the urban Party organisation. They are necessary for uniting and coordinating the Party forces within the non-Party organisations and ensuring that they play a leading role.

The relevant Party committee may form fractions in any organisation or executive body where there are at least three PMs. Where all the PMs are from a single cell there is no need to form a separate fraction as all the functions of the fraction can be performed by the cell. Similarly, if the main forces within a particular organisation or executive are in one cell or Party committee, or due to some other practical considerations, the Party committee may decide not to form a fraction. However wherever the members are from various forums, or where the work of the organisation is substantial, it is advantageous to form a fraction.

The fraction functions under the guidance and supervision of the relevant Party committee. Thus the fraction within a factory trade union committee will function under the Factory Party committee, whereas the city level trade union fraction will function under the Party City committee. The relevant Party committee decides to form the fraction with all or some of the PMs in that area. It also has the right to send PMs to the fraction and to recall any members of the fraction. Urban work may sometimes require that PMs who are very exposed and under surveillance be not included in the fraction forum, though they are playing a prominent role in the organisation. This may also be necessary sometimes to protect the Party identity of a comrade. In such cases the Party committee should devise special means and methods of coordinating with such comrades and seeing that they function in unison with the fraction and according to the direction decided upon.

The Party fraction guides the work of the organisation in which it operates. All questions coming up in the organisation in which it is perating are discussed in the fraction. All PMs must speak and vote within the organisation in accordance with the decisions taken by the fraction. Similarly it is the responsibility of the Party committees to work through the fractions to see that the whole organisation is guided according to a single policy and plan. Layers

Layers refers to the various levels in the urban Party organisation like city committee, area committees, factory/basti/college committees, cells, candidate cells, as well as the links to the mass organisations like activist groups and fractions. Due to greater enemy threat in the urban areas it is always necessary to maintain a number of layers from the lowest to the highest levels, and it is important to work through these layers without bypassing them.

We have since some years now been stressing in our documents the need and the importance of functioning basically through layers. We have however not achieved much progress in this regard. Most city organisations have not concentrated on building sufficient layers, and even where some layers exist there is a tendency to deal directly with the lowest levels in order to obtain quick results. We must quickly get rid of such wrong notions and practices and develop a system of layers in every city.

The core question for functioning through layers is to see that each layer is trained and developed to independently perform the functions at the particular level. This requires the close guidance and follow-up of the next higher level. The guidance should be directed to developing the independent capabilities of the comrades at that level as well as the team functioning of the committee. This is the key to decentralized organisational functioning according to a centralised political line and policies. It is the only long term approach to building a party structure that will preserve our cadre and leadership and develop the forces for the future. Coordination and Links with Other Party Structures

Most of our city work, particularly in the guerilla zone areas, is coordinated and led from the rural areas. Even the DCM leading the city work is often based in the rural areas and periodically has to call the city comrades to the squad areas for discussing and planning the urban work. This results on the one hand in serious exposure problems, and on the other hand to insufficient guidance, without a deep understanding of the actual problems of the urban work.

Coordination therefore is best done through a Party structure of at least DC level that is based in the urban areas itself. In cities which are large enough and where the extent of work and the Party structure warrants it, the DC can be built in that city itself. In some states where the coordination problem is particularly acute due to repression, it can be done through a special sub-committee for urban work formed under the SC. Where the suitable leading comrades are very exposed, they could be allocated far away from their earlier areas, or even to other states. Another problem related to the urban Party structure is the links with the rural party organisation as well as the functional departments of the higher Party bodies. There is often a need of urban help of various types, for which the urban organisation involved in day to day mass work are regularly used. Such links on a regular basis is dangerous for all involved, as well as affects the regular functioning of the urban organisation. Therefore it is important to put a stop to such short cut methods immediately. Separate structures not linked to the running urban organisation should be set up in the cities for this purpose. Comrades can be transferred out of the urban organisation and allocated these tasks.

Here too what is basically required is a long term approach. We must realise that it is only through the implementation of systematic and long term plans that we can build the different structures required, to mobilise the urban masses, to provide logistical and other help to the rural work, as well as for other requirements.

3.4 United Front

The urban areas are the centres for struggle by various classes, under the leadership of several organisations representing them. It is essential that we unite with such struggling organisations and build up broad struggles against the ruling classes Thus a significant part of the party’s work in the urban areas concerns joint front activity. This includes the formation of various tactical united fronts, as well as building the worker peasant alliance, which is the basis of the strategic united front. This extends from the task of building basic working class unity, to solidarity with the peasantry, to unity with the other revolutionary classes like the semi-proletariat and petty bourgeoisie, right up to maintaining relations and even joint activity with national bourgeois and even ruling class organisations. Let us look at the main forms of such united front activity.

3.4.1 Working Class Unity

The working class is the main focus of concentration of our work in the urban areas. Since the working class is in an extremely divided state today, a crucial Party task is to build the broadest possible unity of the class. This task of unity is at two levels – one is to organise and unite the maximum possible numbers from the workers under genuine organisations that follow the democratic line and programme, the other to build a broad workers’ united front against the present assault of the imperialist backed bourgeoisie on the rights and economic conditions of the working class. This means taking the initiative, or joining in other initiatives, to build united struggles on various issues like contract system,

change in labour laws, privatisation, exit policy, etc. It also means working

towards building united organisations with all genuine forces within the working class movement who are ready to work for a broad antiimperialist, anti-feudal programme.

Joint trade union fronts are important for increasing the fighting strength of the working class. These joint fronts may be issue-based or based on a minimum political understanding and programme. They may be organised at various levels – industry, area, city, region, all-India, and international.

Our policy is to be ready for issue-based unity with even the reactionary and revisionist unions, if they have a mass following and are ready to participate in the struggle. However a decision for temporary unity should not only be to serve the needs of the moment, but also to advance the long-term aim of drawing the mass of workers towards the revolution. The legal democratic working class joint front organisations can play a very useful role in achieving this long term objective. It is such organisations that form the democratic nucleus within the broader unity with the reactionaries. If these organisations function effectively they can rally around larger sections of the working class on a democratic programme. They can play the leading role within the broad issue-based united fronts. They can utilise the temporary alliances with the reactionary

unions to serve the interests of the democratic programme. They can inspire, mobilise and unite the other revolutionary classes in the urban areas on an anti-feudal, anti-imperialist programme. Industry-Based Unity

Due to the multiplicity of unions in India, in most industries there is very low possibility of achieving the ‘one industry, one union’ principle. In such a situation we should work for or support the next best option of forming co-ordination committees of the unions within a particular industry. We should try to draw all the unions with significant membership into such bodies. Such unity can start on issue basis and can later advance to a more permanent minimum understanding.

Similarly it is necessary to unite the various factory level unions within a particular company. Such unity can start at the co-ordination committee level or be formed as a federation.

In the present globalisation scenario where the production in one country is easily transferred across international borders, international workers’ unity is also very important and necessary. Such unity is today very weak. We should however support initiatives for building the international unity of workers within a single multinational or within a particular industry. Even where it is not possible to give the unity an organisational form we should push for solidarity struggles and strikes and do propaganda in this regard. Issue-Based Unity

These are joint fronts of various unions and political organisations formed to oppose particular policies or actions of the government or to take up particular trade union, social or political issues. Our approach in such joint fronts is to build the broadest possible struggling unity of all organisations that have a minimum common stand on the issue. At the same time there should be no compromise on basic principles. Very often joint front bodies tend to become ineffective top heavy bodies, or forums for endless debate. Our approach should be to see that the joint front builds the broadest possible unity of the masses and is not merely the joint front of a few leaders. The attempt should be to take the masses forward in militant struggle and politicise them in the process.

We should within these fronts pay due attention to both unity and struggle. While the requirements of unity require some level of adjustment

with the reformists, revisionists, and reactionaries, in the formulation of demands, we should constantly prepare the masses and struggle against any attempt by them to betray the struggle.

When there is a wide range of different political forces within a joint front, we should establish co-ordination with those who have a closer common understanding so as to act in unison with a common approach and line of action. Such co-ordination can be on the basis of relations with other parties of the communist revolutionary camp or through existing legal democratic organisations having a common programmatic basis or on any other basis. Area-Based Unity

This unity can be for an industrial area, town/city, region, state, all-India etc. Unity in a particular industrial area or locality may be restricted to only putting up a common front against problems faced by the workers of the area like goondas, transport, sanitation, water, etc. However area unity at higher levels is normally based on some minimum political understanding. It is the unity of like-minded unions and other bodies, who agree to struggle together to achieve a common set of demands or issues or stand by common political goals. This is thus the most common type of legal democratic workers’ organisation.

We should give considerable importance to such type of unity. In the present struggles against globalisation the scope and need for such unity is constantly growing. We should direct our efforts to make this unity as broad-based as possible by pushing for the regular and wide mobilisation of the masses. At the same time we should pay simultaneous attention to consolidating the activists emerging from these mobilisations. We should thus while planning at the local level allocate forces both for leading such fronts and organisations, as well as for the tasks of consolidation and party building within the movement. Workers’ Platforms

Another form of uniting the working class on a political basis is to directly form legal democratic workers’ organisations as forums or platforms with a minimum workers’ programme. Such platforms do not principally attempt to unite the unions, but target the worker activists of various unions and attempt to rally them politically. Such bodies use meetings, demonstrations, talks, seminars, cultural programmes and various means of propaganda to draw the advanced sections from among the workers on a political basis. They should also mobilise for agitations and struggles on political and other issues. The aim should be to draw the widest possible non-Party forces who can be united around the programme.

Another variation of this form is to use the banner of a workers’ cultural organisation or workers’ magazine as a platform for unity. Here the programme of the platform is widely propagated and worker activists encouraged to perform cultural programmes, or to write articles and reports for the magazine, to distribute it, etc. and to participate in preparing and mobilising the masses in struggles.

There are thus several various forms of uniting the worker masses. We cannot of course attempt to implement all forms in a particular area. The relevant committees should therefore decide on the suitable methods depending on the objective situation in their area and the subjective forces available. What is important however is to recognise the importance of this ask, particularly during the present upsurge of workers struggles and therefore to allocate necessary forces for it.

3.4.2 Worker-Peasant Alliance

This is the basis of the four class strategic united front and we should therefore work towards building and strengthening this alliance right from the very beginning. The aim is to generate workers’ support to the peasant struggles and build up the closest possible links between the two most important classes of the democratic revolution.

The work of building and strengthening the worker-peasant alliance

should be taken up from all areas of our working class work. The stress on particular aspects may however differ according to the area of work. Thus in metropolitan cities somewhat delinked from the rural areas and from the agrarian struggle, a major concentration will be on continuous education and propaganda to raise the consciousness of the workers. In the towns in and near the guerrilla zones where the worker and peasant masses are closely linked, the focus can be on concrete issues and practical

help to the movement. Various organisations too perform different roles.

The revolutionary workers’ organisation has a particularly important role to play. It has to take on the main responsibility of propaganda and agitation regarding the agrarian war. Constant and continuos propaganda regarding the progress of the rural movement, the victories achieved, and the repression it faces, and the need for solidarity of the workers with this movement should be an essential part of the work of this organisation. Since the organisation has to normally function secretly it will not be possible to organise open solidarity demonstrations by the workers. However the revolutionary organisation activists can use the method of secret shock actions for propaganda purposes to highlight issues concerning the agrarian struggle.

The legal democratic worker organisations can be the forums through which open mobilisations of the workers are organised. Forms of such mobilisations can extend from signature campaigns to solidarity demonstrations and protest actions. These should be organised in support of the revolutionary movement as well as the peasant struggles led by non-revolutionary organisations. We should however not organise open demonstrations in support of our movement if we expect the mobilisation to be low, as it will only result in the exposure of our forces. We should in fact plan such actions in order to mobilise non-Party forces in large numbers. Another type of programme which can be taken up through the legal democratic organisations is large joint mobilisations of workers and peasants on common issues like WTO, state repression, etc.

Worker-peasant alliance work can also be taken up through the trade unions. Where possible they can mobilise and participate in the programmes of the legal democratic organisation with or without its own banner. Depending on the cover other programmes can also be taken up – like education regarding the exploitation and repression in the backward rural areas, aid teams during disasters, support statements to peasant struggles of various organisations, etc.

The industrial Party committees should regularly pay attention and follow up the implementation of such tasks. Depending on changes in the situation, new and more creative methods should be worked out. Party statements and calls to the workers should be issued when the situation demands. However, whatever be the level of worker-peasant alliance activity possible, it holds central importance in our united front tasks. It should not be neglected, given secondary importance or subordinated to the other united front tasks in the city.

3.4.3 Unity of the Urban Exploited Classes

Besides the working class, the other exploited classes and sections of the urban areas include the semi-proletariat, the urban poor concentrated in the slums, the students, teachers, employees, and other sections of the middle classes, etc. The Party sends its cadre to organise and lead the mass organisations of all these classes. This however is not the only way by which the working class and its Party unites and provides leadership to all these classes. Solidarity struggles and united front activity are the important means by which the working class inspires and leads all other classes in struggle.

Propaganda and agitation on issues and incidents of repression on various other urban classes are the main means by which the working class and the Party expresses its solidarity with the affected sections. Issues can be of several types – the eviction of hawkers, demolition of slums, suppression of student rights, funds for teachers’ salaries, etc. While it may not be possible to hold a solidarity action on every such issue, the Party should be ever alive and respond in whatever manner possible – propaganda pamphlet, poster, press statement, or dharna, demonstration, or some more militant action. Our main effort however should always be to draw the masses of workers out in solidarity.

The other medium through which the urban united front is built is

through joint fronts on various issues concerning the general mass of the

urban population, like price rise, corruption, closure of a key industry or

many industries, or various urban problems like water shortage, commuter problems, sanitation issues, etc. Such issues unite all classes but mainly involve the exploited sections. The joint fronts on such issues may be issue-based or may built as legal democratic organisations on a political basis linking the issue to the democratic programme. Such tactical united fronts draw larger sections of the urban masses closer to the revolution and pave the way for bringing them into the purview of the strategic united front.

3. 4.3.1 Unity with the Semi-Proletariat

The semi-proletariat, living in extremely poor conditions, is the urban class with the greatest potential for unity with the proletariat. In recent years the new economic policies have led to a steep rise in their numbers. Many workers are being thrown into the ranks of the semi-proletariat and many rural migrants who come in search of jobs end up in petty trades or in doing sundry odd jobs. Because of their dispersed nature they are not as well organised as the proletariat. It is therefore the task of Party to organise this class and build about its close unity with the industrial workers.

a) Trade Unions of the Semi-Proletariat: In many towns and cities these sections remain completely unorganised. According to our subjective forces and town plan we can take up the task of building their organisations. Hawkers’ unions, head-loaders and hamal unions and panchayats, rickshaw pullers unions, auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers/ owners unions, rag-pickers unions, are some of the organisations that can be formed. Since the semi-proletariat is not directly employed by the capitalist class, the enemy is normally the state through the various government authorities, municipal bodies, etc. Issues concern harassment and corruption of officials, imposition of unjust taxes, fights for increase in rates, fight against eviction, etc. Some sections like market hamals and rag pickers have demands directed against particular groups like traders, scrap dealers, etc.

Due to the dispersed nature of the workforce and the lack of a proletarian sense of organisation, building the unity of these sections is a painstaking and full-time task. However once organised they prove to be militant fighters.

In most towns and cities where these sections remain unorganised, work in these sections will involve the setting up of cover unions. In the large cities where they are already organised we can take up fractional work.

b) Solidarity with the Semi-Proletariat: In many large cities, particularly those aspiring to become ‘global’ cities, some major sections of the semi-proletariat are under heavy attack. Hawkers particularly face intensive eviction drives and harassment of officials. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are accused of pollution. They are also being targeted by the courts, anti-people environmentalists and the reactionary media. They are accused of obstructing the drives of these elements for ‘clean and green’ cities. Though they fight militantly they are often isolated in their battles. It is therefore of utmost importance that the workers’ unions should express solidarity with hawkers and such other sections. The legal democratic workers’ organisations too should organise campaigns in their support and expose the anti-poor urban plans of the development authorities and imperialist agencies.

Another area of unity of the workers and the semi-proletariat is in slum work. These two classes are the main sections of the urban poor who live in the slums and poor localities. Besides the basti struggles where both classes fight side by side, the trade unions and other workers organisations too should organise solidarity actions.

Where possible, alliances to oppose the current reactionary trend of urban development should also be set up, involving slum dweller associations, hawkers organisations, trade unions, and even groups of progressive professionals and intellectuals. While uniting all directly affected sections they should also aim to educate the middle class sections who are inclined to get misled by the ‘clean and green’ propaganda of the ruling classes. The aim should be to build broad unity of all exploited sections against the anti-people programmes of globalisers. White-Collar Employees

The rapid spread of computerisation and automation in modern industry and increasing share of the services sector in the economy has resulted in a significant increase in the number and proportion of whitecollar employees. A large number of them are in the public sector and they are mostly unionised. Examples are the unions of the banks, insurance companies, teachers, government employees, etc. There has also been a more recent growth of unions and associations of higher level employee professionals like electricity, telecommunications and other department engineers, resident doctors, pilots, etc. Many of the above unions are powerful and have shown their ability to hit and paralyse the economy.

While all the white-collar employees are reliable allies of the working class and the revolution, certain sections sometimes tail the bourgeoisie and become victims of reactionary propaganda. It is therefore necessary for the industrial proletariat to always maintain close links with the employees’ section and lead it away from vacillations in the class struggle. In all industries and enterprises we should therefore always struggle for unity of both white collar and blue-collar sections into one union. We should generally oppose the backward practice of having separate ‘workers’ and ’employees’ unions. Where separate unions exist however, we should, where possible, allocate forces for fractional work within them.

In the globalisation period the ruling classes have launched a concentrated propaganda attack against this section as an overpaid, underworked section whose salaries and numbers should be reduced. Thus some sections are being forced to agree to very meagre rises in salary and cuts in earlier allowances. They have also been the target of various privatisation and VRS schemes. Though they have been struggling continuously they often do not receive the sympathy and support of other sections. Our workers’ unions, legal democratic and secret workers organisations, and sometimes even the Party should make it a point to express solidarity in various ways with the struggles of the bank employees, teachers, journalists, etc. When joint trade union bodies are formed at the town/city level we should try to draw in all the local branches of the employees unions. This can help in organising joint programmes and mutual solidarity during times of repression and struggle. Other Sections of the Petty Bourgeoisie

Some section or the other of the petty bourgeoisie is often in struggle.The students come out in agitations, the lawyers resort to strikes, the shopkeepers also have their protests and bandhs. When these struggles take a militant turn they face the attacks of the state. The working class should be alive to the struggles of these sections. We should, through the trade unions, legal democratic organisations and even the Party, express solidarity. Where possible we should not restrict ourselves merely to statements of support. During major struggles and repression we should make all attempts to mobilise the workers in large numbers to come out on the streets in support. Where there is sufficient support we should attempt to widen the scope of the issue and involve as many sections as possible in support.

Among the urban petty bourgeiosie students and youth constitute important category. They react to the events and historically from the anti-Britsh movement they played a significant role. In the wake of Naxalbari their role is exemplary. Our party has good experience in organising them. While working in urban areas, we must pay necessary attention to organise them.

There is need to empahsise the necessity of uniting with intellectuals. We need to allot sufficient cadre to work among them and some special effort be put in to unite and organise them.

3.4.4 Relations with the National Bourgeoisie

Due to the vacillating and exploitative nature of the national bourgeoisie, its wide participation in the strategic united front generally takes place only at later stages in the revolution. However there is scope in the urban areas, for supporting or uniting with various sections of the national bourgeoisie in tactical united fronts.

A large part of our working class work is in the small industries of the national bourgeoisie in the unorganised sector. They are often the immediate enemies of the workers that we organise. It is thus often difficult for the mass of workers to accept the concept of support or unity with these exploiters and ‘enemies’. It is however a reality that the national bourgeoisie is coming out in struggle against the government, imperialism and the CBB. We should render all support to them in this struggle and wherever possible even unite to wage common battle against the ruling classes.

A normal method of uniting with the national bourgeoisie is for the Party to directly or indirectly through some mass organisation declare support to the demands and struggles of the national bourgeoisie against the government, imperialism or/and the comprador bourgeoisie. These can be on various issues like reduction of taxes, cut in electricity rates, anti small industry policies and court decisions, protest against entry of multinationals and foreign goods, exploitation of ancillary producers by big industry, etc. Our support can take the form of propaganda or even extend to militant mobilising of workers on the issue.

Another mode of unity could be through joint front bodies with national bourgeois organisations. Mostly such unity will be issue-based like preventing relocation or closure of industries, opposing anti small industry laws and tax increases, etc. However as the anti-globalisation and anti-WTO movement picks up we will have to try our best to draw the more progressive sections and organisations of the national bourgeoisie into the movement

While making efforts in bringing the national bourgeiose in opposingCBB and imperiliasm, such unity can on no account be achieved at the cost of the basic classes within the united front. Thus while uniting with the national bourgeoisie we should never lose sight of the struggle aspect of our relationship with them. We should not have any misconception that unity with the national bourgeoisie implies concessions in trade union struggles with these sections. All such issues will be decided according to the normal principles of trade union struggle and will basically depend on the relative strength of the contending forces and the overall conditions of the industry where the struggle is taking place. It is the strength of the working class and not its weakness that will be the force attracting the national bourgeoisie to the front.

The ceaseless attacks of the imperialists and their Indian agents are daily pushing the national bourgeoisie into more conflict with the ruling classes. Thus today the practical possibilities of unity from below are growing. These possibilities are greater in cities with a stronger national bourgeois presence like the Delhi belt, the Coimbatore-Erode belt in Tamil Nadu, Surat in Gujarat, etc. Local party organisations should where possible utilise such opportunities, while keeping in mind the above principles.

3.4.5 Front Against Repression

The PR and POR adopted by the Ninth Congress have given the call to mobilise the masses against the fascist repression of the ruling classes and against the black laws. All sections of the masses in the urban areas face the brunt of this repression and stand opposed to it. It is therefore the task of the Party in the urban areas to unite all forces that are ready to wage militant struggles to oppose these policies and build a broad democratic movement against repression.

The organisations that most consistently oppose state repression and black laws are the various civil liberties organisations active in different parts of the country. We can work to some extent through them. They however have a poor mass base and limited political programme. Thus, while we should work to broaden and strengthen such organisations they cannot be the only forums for building the front against repression.

Fronts against particular black laws like POTA have the potential of uniting the widest sections. We should initiate or may join such fronts with our own programme. Since such fronts are formed at various levels we can intervene in different fronts through separate cover organisations suited for such work. Some of these fronts however have various ruling class forces and parties with a long record of suppressing people’s movements. We should therefore decide on our participation only if we are able to conduct vigourous exposure of such opportunist forces. Since such exposure is normally only possible at the lower levels we should not participate at the higher levels where we would only become a pawn of such forces.

Another excellent form of building broad fighting unity against repression is to take up particular cases of brutal state repression and immediately mobilise all sections of the masses in militant struggle. Police firings, lock up deaths, rape by security forces, are some of the examples that can be used to rouse the masses into open battle. There have been many instances like the Rameeza Bee case and others, where such incidents proved to be the turning points for building not only militant struggle but also much broader democratic movements. In some cases where the above methods lead to broad movements we can work with others for the formation of organisations of a more long term nature with a broad anti-fascist repression programme.

3.4.6 United Front Against Hindu Fascist Forces

An important call of the Ninth Congress is to build a broad UF of all secular forces and persecuted religious minorities such as Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs against the Hindu fascist forces. Since a large proportion of the minorities are urbanised and since the attacks of the Hindu fascists are as yet mostly concentrated in the cities, this UF has basically been the responsibility of the urban organisation. This task has appeared in our documents now from many years, but very little has as yet been done. One of the explanations for this failure is the weakness of our urban organisations, but the other more important reason is our neglect of work among the minorities.

The above UF cannot be built merely by uniting some secular individuals on the basis of a political programme. In order to be effective it has to involve the masses, particularly the masses from the minorities. This therefore means that we must have substantial grassroots work among the minorities, particularly the Muslim masses who are the most numerous and the worst victims of the Hindu fascists’ atrocities. However due to extreme ghettoisation in almost all Indian cities, this is only possible if we take a conscious decision to shift out at least some forces from Hindu dominated areas and base them in the slums and localities inhabited by the Muslim poor. This would be the first step to building any united front..

The actual UF organisations would generally be in the form of legal democratic bodies uniting various genuine secular forces as well as organisations of the persecuted minorities. Such organisations should have a programme basically targeting the Hindu fascist organisations and aiming to unite the masses of all communities. We should on this basis conduct propaganda and agitation among both minority and majority sections and attempt to unite the many to isolate and defeat the few Hindu fascist diehards. Booklets and other propaganda aids explaining the organisations’ stands and exposing the fascist organisations’ positions should be used. In areas with a history of communal conflicts, genuine peace committees, mohalla committees, and all-community protection teams should be set up.

Issue based joint front organisations can also be built. These could be to fight for the punishment of the perpetrators of pogroms on the minorities, to oppose Hindu communal legislation, to fight against the saffronisation of education, etc. These fronts too should have a mass approach and attempt to widely mobilise secular sections, as well as those most affected.

As the Hindu fascists push ahead with their agenda, the task of building this UF becomes all the more urgent. All urban organisations should plan concretely to bring this into practice.

3.4.7 Front Against Globalisation,

Liberalisation and Privatisation

This too is a call of the Ninth Congress whose implementation requires considerable efforts by the Party organisation in the urban areas. As the globalisation policies are impacting all sections of the urban masses, discontent is growing and there is great potential for the urban areas to become powerful centres of anti-imperialist struggles. Though the struggles have not yet reached the heights of the anti-capitalism and antiglobalisation protests in many cities around the world, the movement in India too is growing. The industrial working class is the leading force in these struggles, with numerous demonstrations, rallies, bandhs and long drawn out strikes, against privatisation, changes in labour laws, contract system, exit policy, and other aspects of the globalisation policies. These struggles, which took an upturn from the year 2000, have not only been increasing in size and intensity, but also been taking clearer political positions against the WTO, against globalisation, and even against imperialism.

The line of action for building anti-globalisation fronts should thus rely primarily on the working class, while rallying around all other sections in the struggles against the imperialist policies. Thus we should aim at drawing the different working class fronts against the various anti-worker policies into the front against globalisation. Similarly the anti globalisation fronts should consciously give importance to workers’ issues in their programmes.

Other classes and sections of importance we should try to draw into the anti-globalisation front are the peasants’ organisations and the farmers’ bodies, slum bodies, students organisations, intellectuals, writers and cultural activists, pro-people environmental groups, teachers and other middle class employees associations etc. The scope of the antiglobalisation movement is so large that it includes practically all classes who are part of the strategic UF. While the separate organisations formed by these sections against various aspects of globalisation objectively form part of the movement, we should nevertheless try to draw all such organisations into common united struggle on a common anti-imperialist programme.

Reactionaries like Swadeshi Jagran Manch, revisionists like CPI, CPI(M) and foreign funded NGOs- are some of the forces involved in anti-globalisation movement. These forces are linked to the ruling classes or part of them.We must keep away from the reactionaries in any joint front. With regard to the revisionsts who are part of ruling classes, we our selves should not invite them into any joint front, but if they are part of a front called by others, we need keep away because of their presence.The revisionists and foreign funded NGOs may participate to some extent but there is always danger of them attempting to sabotage the movement at higher levels of struggles.We must alert to this danger.

The front against the globalisation has the potential to encompass a wide range of forces. The urban Party organisation should thus plan concretely to participate most effectively in this movement.

3.5 Military Tasks

As explained earlier, the urban movement plays a secondary and complementary role in the military strategy of the revolution. While the main military tasks are performed by the PGA and PLA in the countryside, the urban organisation too performs tasks complementary to the rural armed struggle. Due to the spread of urbanisation, the growth of a number of mega cities, and the sharper division of the cities into rich and poor sections, the possibility and importance of urban military operations increases. These however yet remain second to the rural military tasks. The varied military tasks performed in the urban areas relate to, 1) the defence of the urban movement, 2) help by the urban organisation to the rural armed struggle, and 3) direct military operations conducted under central direction. These thus form the main categories of military tasks and forms of organisation in the urban areas.

3.5.1 Defence of the Urban Movement

The nature of urban work being primarily legal and defensive, the military tasks directly related to the urban movement are basically efensive in nature and will remain that way till the final period of the evolution. However even a defensive urban movement requires the military type organisation of the armed defence of the urban masses against the peoples’ enemies. These enemies are of various types – goonda gangs acting in the service of the ruling classes, Hindu fascist organisations and their militias, vigilante gangs specifically organised by the state to attack activists and sympathisers of our movement, state forces themselves, etc. Without standing up to such forces it would not be possible for an organisation to survive and develop. While we cannot and should not, at this stage, organise for armed offensive confrontation with the state, we should definitely build such defence organisations as are suited to the concrete situation. Open Self Defence Teams

Wherever necessary the legal organisations should organise elfdefence against the local enemies. Examples of such self-defence teams are union self defence against lumpen strike breakers, basti self defence teams against goonda gangs, mahila organisation self defence teams against eve-teasers and molesters, mohalla all-community self defence during communal riot situations, mass self defence against slum demolition, etc. Open self defence teams should be organised in such a way as to mobilise sizeable sections of the masses in this task, particularly motivating the youth to participate in large numbers. When such defence is organised systematically involving the broad masses, it greatly strengthens the legal organisation, gives confidence to the rank and file and the local leadership, and releases the creative energies of the masses. If such activity grows in an area it gives rise to new creative forms of militant mass fighting. Conversely, it demoralises and paralyses the enemy, and prevents him from using his old forms of repression.

Often such open self defence is organised on a temporary basis for a particular situation or period. However wherever possible we should plan and attempt to give this mass self defence a permanent form and structure, allocating specific responsibilities, and linking with the mass organisational committees. Such bodies can run vyayamshalas, martial arts centres, sports clubs, etc. Secret Self Defence Squads

Secret squads are necessary to supplement the open defence teams, or where, due to repression, it is not possible to form such teams. They too are formed with the broad objective of defending the urban mass movement. However they take up different tasks, without exposing themselves. One significant form of activity is to participate along with the masses and give them the confidence to undertake militant mass action. Other tasks are to secretly hit particular targets who are obstacles in the advance of the mass movement.

The secret squads require proper military training, and military and

political education. The extent and depth of the training will depend on the facilities available, but we must make the best efforts to ensure that the squads are properly trained and armed. The arms used will depend on the situation in the area. As far as possible arms which are not normally used in the area should not be employed.

Due attention should be paid to the discipline of such squads. Selection of members should not be merely on the basis of military abilities, but should consider the political level and discipline of the comrades. All squad members maintain their jobs or other responsibilities and only combine for the purpose of training or actions. They disperse again immediately after that.

The squads should function under direct and strict party control, with each squad functioning under a responsible Party comrade. As far as possible no two squads should be combined for performing an action. The knowledge of existence of such squads too should be as restricted as possible. Each squad is a separate entity and there should not be any separate line of command within the self defence squads. All State committees should periodically review the activities of such formations and give guidelines to the committees immediately responsible for them. Urban Militia

At this stage of the revolution all the open and secret organs of people’s defence will maintain a separate identity and the Party will be the only body coordinating their activities. Today there is no scope for bringing together all or many of the self defence teams and squads under a single organisational mechanism to form a militia. This may be possible during certain periods of upsurge when significant sections of the urban population are ready to take up arms either against the fascist militias or against the state. At such times the Party should take immediate initiative to launch urban militia without exposing all its forces. The concrete organisational form of such an urban militia would however depend on the particular situation and the specific forces operating at that time. Local Intelligence

Intelligence is a much neglected function in our Party. Very often we suffer severe losses, or lose good opportunities due to the absence of proper intelligence. In the urban areas intelligence is also very necessary to protect and preserve the urban Party as well as the mass movement. Thus the task of information collection and analysis should be taken up from the beginning itself and responsibility should be allocated accordingly. As the organisation grows this task and responsibility should exist at all levels and should be integrated into the functioning of the organisation.

The objectives of our intelligence work should be to learn about and study the tactics and plans of the enemy forces in the area, to study the activities of informers, to prevent infiltration into the organisation, etc. The methods and structure, particularly at the lower levels, should be as simple as possible and should utilise to the maximum the forces available to us from among the masses.

3.5.2 Help to the Rural Armed Struggle

There are numerous ways through which the urban movement can assist the rural armed struggle and particularly, the base areas and the guerilla zones. Some involve direct and immediate help in terms of materials and personnel; others involve the long-term preparation for the decisive battles in the later stages of the peoples’ war. Work in Key Industries

Some industries like transport, communications, power, oil and natural gas, defence production, etc. can play a crucial role in the peoples’ war. Disruption of production in these industries has an immediate impact on the enemy’s ability to fight the war. If struggles in such industries are coordinated with developments in the peoples’ war they can provide direct assistance to the PGA/PLA. Party led units within such industries can also perform industrial sabotage actions, which would provide effective assistance during certain points in the war. It is thus the responsibility of the urban organisation to establish a presence and influence in such key industries.

Such operations will normally be necessary at later stages in the war. However we have to make long term preparations from today itself so that the workers in such industries can be sufficiently politicised to play such a role. This means that we have to give importance to allocation of cadre for such industries right from the beginning.

The key industries have normally been in the public sector. Now however with the policy of privatisation, many of the old units are being privatised and new units are being set up directly in the private sector. Thus some of these industries, like the electricity boards and telecommunications department, are experiencing many militant struggles

in opposition to the privatisation policies and there has been a significant revival of the trade unions. In the context of the general upswing of the workers’ movement, the workers of other key industries too are resorting to struggle. We can therefore make use of this situation to try and influence the workers in these industries.

Our plan for the key industries should operate at two levels. At one level we can influence the workers in these industries from outside through various forms of propaganda, particularly during the struggles of these industries. This can be done through legal democratic workers’ organisations, workers’ magazines, secret pamphleteering and even through Party statements. We can also mobilise in solidarity with them. This method can create some broad influence among the workers and a level of unity from above with the trade unions already operating within these enterprises.

At another level we should send comrades to secretly develop fractional work from within the industry. This work should be done with a long-term approach taking care to avoid exposure. The comrades doing propaganda and extending solidarity from outside need not know about the existence of the work being conducted from within. It is also not necessary to do work at both levels at the same unit.

Due to the critical character of these industries, the enemy too is very conscious of the need to prevent any revolutionary or other genuine struggling forces from entering such industries. We therefore have to be very guarded and careful while entering and working within such enterprises. All work in such places should be under cover of some sort. Fractional work is the normal method. The work in such industries should normally be separated from the other work in the area. Even reporting in committees should be restricted, particularly at the initial stages, before any base is established. Cadre allocated to such work should not be such as would quickly retreat. Once allocated they should not normally be transferred for a long period of time. PRs generated from such industries should as far as possible be maintained within the same industry, without asking them to leave their jobs.

Considering the present opportunities available and considering our neglect so far, we should plan to use our limited subjective forces immediately in the best way possible. Depending on our contacts and the quality of our forces we should decide on certain areas and industries on which we should concentrate. Since such work is not easy to start and maintain it requires the attention and guidance of the higher levels. Considering the importance of this task for the future of the people’s war, the State Committees should pay attention to it. Infiltration into the Enemy Camp

It is very important to penetrate into the military, para-military forces, police, and higher levels of the administrative machinery of the state. It is necessary to obtain information regarding the enemy, to build support for the revolution within these organs, and even to incite revolt when the time is ripe. Other types of technical help are also possible.

The cities are the strongholds of the enemy and have a large concentration of enemy forces. It is therefore from the cities that attention must be given to this task. Such work can be done by following up contacts obtained from the civilian sphere, or by directly allocating comrades to penetrate the enemy ranks. Whatever be the method, the work is of a very special type which requires a high degree of political reliability, skill and patience. Such work should be without the knowledge of the lower level committees and the details of the work should only remain with the comrades directly responsible.

Associated with this task is the need for a plan to work in the cantonment towns spread out throughout the country. Such work even among the civilian population of these towns can give us valuable information and openings for penetration in the enemy ranks. Sending Cadre to the Rural Areas and the PGA/PLA

A steady supply of urban cadre is necessary to fulfill the needs of the rural movement and the people’s war. This is necessary for providing working class leadership, as well as technical skills to the people’s war.

This then is the responsibility of the whole urban Party organisation, from the cell upwards, which should inspire comrades to be prepared to take up rural responsibilities. The task of generating new cadre for the rural movement should always be before the various Party forums, which should send up such proposals for transfer of suitable cadre. It is the higher level bodies, particularly the State Committees, which will however take the decision in this regard. Decisions of transfer of cadre should take a balanced account of the needs of the movement and organisation in both rural as well as the urban areas.

To fulfill the need of recruitment from workers in large numbers and sending them to rural areas, we need to work in the unorganized sector where overwhelming percentage of working class is there. While we need to work in key industries which is organised sector for the strategic reasons, we must mobilise and organise millions of workers who are in the unorganised segment. The working conditions are horrrendous in this sector and militant struggles are bound to come up here. Most of the working class has live connections with backward rural pockets, in some of which already armed struggles are going on. If we work patiently we can get good recruitment whom we can send to the areas of armed struggle zones. Logistical Support to the Armed Struggle

The enemy gets all its logistics support from the urban areas. The People’s Army however relies as far as possible on the rural areas and the rural masses. However for certain crucial things there is need for support from the urban areas. Depending on its strength, the urban organisation should make all efforts to provide such support.

Supplies or contacts for supplies of certain types are only available in the urban areas. Examples of such supplies are arms and ammunitions, spare parts, certain types of medical supplies, etc. Helping the People’s Army to establish the supply lines in this regard is a task that the urban organisation can perform. However once such a supply line is established it is best maintained by the rural organisation. As the needs of the base areas and guerilla zones grow there will be even a need to establish a separate supply and transport wing in this regard.

Medical networks of sympathetic doctors and use of hospital facilities to treat PGA/PLA fighters are also necessary in the urban areas. This is necessary for certain cases which cannot be treated with the facilities available in the guerilla zone areas. Here too the urban Party should always be on the lookout for sources and contacts to set up such a network in various cities. Once a network has been established however it should be separated from the Party bodies leading the urban mass work

Technical help in the form of repairs and maintenance of fighting, communication and other equipment of the PGA/PLA is another area where the urban organisation has to provide assistance. This is best done by preparing comrades with technical, electrical, electronic and other skills to go and take up such responsibilities in the countryside. It can also be done be sending city comrades to conduct training courses for the PGA/PLA. In some cases where necessary the repair of some equipment can be done in the urban areas. Providing the contacts to help set up a network for production of certain items in the urban areas is also another area of necessary help.

Development of new technologies for the People’s War is another crucial area. With the daily advance of technology, there are numerous new devices that could be adapted in the service of the people’s war. Since the large metropolitan centres are the points where such technologies or the information regarding such technologies are obtained, it would be the responsibility of all comrades in such areas to be ever alert to any opportunity in this regard. Proposals and devices obtained or developed should be sent to the higher committees for consideration and implementation. Since it would in the future be necessary to set up separate research and development wings in this regard, it would be the task of the urban organisation to developed suitable comrades for such work.

All the above logistical tasks can be implemented successfully only when all urban comrades are alive and alert to these needs and constantly present suggestions, proposals and contacts in this regard. And the wider and deeper the urban mass base, the better is the possibility of actually providing assistance to the rural work. However we must realise that this task cannot be performed spontaneously in response to emergency needs. Logistical networks should be established in absolute secrecy over a period of time. Separate comrades should be allocated for such work and once they are so allocated they should be released from other work and delinked completely from the mass work. It is only in such a manner that we can create networks that can serve the long-term needs of the people’s war.

3.5.3 Urban Military Operations under Central Direction

Though the countryside is the main area of operations of the People’sArmy, there are certain military objectives that need to be performed through operations in the urban areas. This even requires the setting up of permanent structures of the PGA/PLA in the cities and towns. City Action Teams

These action teams are small secret teams of disciplined and trained soldiers of the PGA/PLA who are permanently based in the cities or towns to hit at important, selected, enemy targets. Such targets may be annihilation of individuals of military importance or sabotage actions like the blowing up of ammunition depots, destroying communications networks, damaging oil installations, etc. These action teams which form part of the main force of the PGA/PLA, perform these actions under the guidance and orders of their respective command. Thus these teams should have no connection whatsoever with the local urban Party structure. The selection of targets and timing of operations too would be based on the overall political and military needs of the people’s war. However the secret team should have some broad understanding of the schedules and plans of the programmes of the open mass organisations. This could where possible help prevent problems due to clashing between the open and secret plans.

Details regarding the role, tasks, training and education of the city action teams should be undertaken by the Central Military Commission (CMC). Central Intelligence

Since the enemy is centred in the big cities, it is very important that our Party developes a network to obtain and analyse political and military intelligence at higher levels. Besides human intelligence, we can make use of the internet and other modern electronic means for gathering information by entering the enemy’s networks. For this it is necessary to allocate separate responsibility. Urban Party organisation may provide contacts and individuals for this work. However once they are assigned to this work they do not maintain any links with the local organisation. Such networks are led and directed by the highest bodies of the Party. Cyber Warfare

We should, to the extent possible, make use of computers and the internet network to further the military objectives of the revolution. Though we are today quite distant from this possibility, we should have the perspective of setting up units with the task of damaging the military and other important networks of the enemy. The possibility of setting up such a structure however depends primarily on the development of the urban mass movement and the ability of the urban Party organisation to draw in and consolidate comrades with the required skills for such work.

3.6 All-India and State-Level Plans

The above given policy and guidelines give the political and organisational orientation for our urban work. This is the basis on which our work in the various towns and cities should be reorganised. However it is not sufficient to only reorient our work at the level of particular towns and cities. Equally important is the task of giving a plan and direction to the overall urban work in a particular state, and in the whole country, based on the concrete objective conditions and situation of subjective forces. It is also necessary to relate and coordinate the tasks of the urban movement to the overall needs of the revolution in the country or in a particular state. There is also to some extent the need to coordinate the urban movement with our international responsibilities both at the South Asia as well as the global level.

The job of drawing up such plans and implementing them should be taken up by the committees at their respective levels. We present here the broad basis for drawing up such plans.

3.6.1 Factors Governing All-India Perspective-Plan

Drawing up the All-India perspective-plan means basically selecting the cities, industries or regions where we should concentrate and give priority. It can further mean the evaluation of the available subjective forces and deciding on suitable allocation.

The main factors for deciding on areas of concentration are:-

1) All-India perspective and plan for guerilla zones and base areas: Since the urban movement basically plays a role complementary to the rural armed struggle, the All-India plan for developing the armed struggle is a crucial factor for deciding on our pattern of concentration for urban work. We should give importance to cities and towns that can play a direct role in helping and strengthening our base areas and guerilla zones.

2) Concentration of the Working Class: The working class is the main focus of our efforts in the urban areas. We should therefore target such cities and regions which have a high concentration of the industrial working class. We should judge the importance of a region’s working class, not only on the basis of numbers, but also take into account its role in terms of struggle. The working class in some centres have a tradition of struggle thus influencing and providing leadership to the surrounding areas. Some cities have strong working class organisations that play a decisive role in All-India level struggles. Such factors too must be taken into account for giving importance to a particular centre. Another important short term consideration is the sharpening of class contradictions. A centre or industry experiencing sharp and growing struggles is more suited for starting work.

3) Importance for the Ruling Classes: Some cities like Delhi and Mumbai have great political and economic significance for the ruling class. Strong movements in such cities cripple and paralyse the ruling class and have greater impact.

4) Key Industries: The centres of key industries should be given importance as they have the potential of playing an important role in the people’s war.

5) Towns of Military Importance: These too should be given importance because they present the opportunity to infiltrate into the enemy ranks.

3.6.2 State Plans

State Committees should analyse and identify the main types of urban and industrial areas in their states. On the basis of such analysis the priority areas should be selected keeping in mind the following criteria: i) All-India and state gz/rural perspective, as well as the All-India urban perspective ii) concentration of working class and sharpening of class contradictions iii) concentration of students and other petty bourgeois sections and their struggles iv) political importance within state v) key industries. Class analysis of the major towns selected for work should also be done.

Deciding on the priority areas gives the broad direction for the allocation of subjective forces which are or may become available. The concrete plan depends on the nature of forces that are actually available.


Following the Naxalbari upsurge and at the time of the Eighth (First) Congress of our Party in 1970, we had considerable impact and influence in a number of cities. We were a powerful force in Kolkata, at that time the largest city in the country. The revolutionary wave inspired workers in various industrial centres, in particular Kolkata, Durgapur, Coimbatore, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.

However due to the wrong understanding regarding mass organisations and mass struggles prevailing in our Party at that time we could not preserve and develop our influence. Our policy was that “it is not our task to organise trade unions or to bring them under our control, or to bother ourselves about the trade union elections. Our task is to build secret party organisations among the workers.” (Our Party’s Tasks among the Workers, Deshabrati, March 12, 1970). We thus in fact boycotted the trade unions and as a consequence were alienated from the working class.

Similarly wrong understanding of laying stress on urban guerilla warfare, when there were no conditions for it, led to setback of our city work.

At that time though there were no circulars or policy documents regarding urban or working class work there were some articles and notes by Com. CM, which appeared in the Party magazines, which served as the guidelines for our work.

4.1 Earlier Circulars and Policies

Subsequently our Party made certain attempts to draw up guidelines for our urban and working class work. These have been very few but significant. Besides the sections on urban work in our various strategy and tactics documents and conference reviews, the main documents regarding policy have been the circular on ‘Towns and Cities: Our Programme and Organisation’ brought out by the Andhra Pradesh State Committee in 1973, the ‘Guidelines for Working Class Front’ brought out by the Central Organising Committee of the erstwhile PU in 1987, and the ‘Review of Our Document “Method of Working in Towns”‘ brought out by the APSC of the erstwhile PW in 1995, where the earlier 1973 document was reviewed.

4.1.1 1973 Circular

Though this document was only intended to be a circular giving methods to resolve contradictions between the needs of open and secret work, it also gave an explicit understanding regarding the programme, tasks and forms of organisation for the working class, students and other fronts. It therefore served as the principal document guiding urban work in the erstwhile PW for many years.

The 1973 document played an important role in giving a correct direction to urban work. The crucial points on which it presented a correct understanding were:-

1) It corrected most of the earlier wrong notions regarding mass organisations and mass struggle.

2) It broadly gave the correct strategic approach to urban work, that the Party in the cities and towns should use secret methods to preserve itself from the enemy, till the last stage of the liberation of the cities from the countryside.

3) It correctly stated that in the cities and towns we should concentrate mainly among workers.

Coming to its limitations, it was not a comprehensive document on urban work and it dealt more about the immediate problems that we then faced in the urban areas. It had some wrong understandings such as: we should not take up office bearers’ posts in the unions, we should not organise independent trade unions by ourselves, and so on. This was a continuation of the earlier wrong understanding regarding mass organisations.

The 1973 circular played a significant role in the initial period. But in later years with the rapid spread of mass organisations in the urban areas there was no attempt to correct the understanding and further develop the circular in a comprehensive manner. Thus many of the important formulations of the document were not implemented in practice. Though the document had stated that the main concentration should be on the working class, the emphasis in the urban areas was more on the students and youth. The ban on taking union office-bearers’ posts and the opposition to forming separate trade unions too were not implemented in practice. These were done without formally developing a new policy understanding.

4.1.2 1987 Guidelines

These guidelines were formulated in accordance with the call of the 1987 Central Conference of the erstwhile PU to “grasp the work in the working class front seriously.” This document presented in a concise and clear manner the objective and subjective situation in relation to the working class, our tasks and policies, and a plan for work. The document was significant in presenting a correct understanding regarding the leadership role of the working class in the revolution. It stressed the leadership role of working class struggles and sending advanced detachments to the countryside, and the Party’s responsibility in preparing the working class for this role.

The major defect of the document was its neglect of the strategic approach to urban work. Thus there was no understanding regarding the relation and coordination between open and secret work and the need to preserve and develop our urban forces for a long time till the later stages of the people’s war.

The plan of the document was not seriously implemented nor was it reviewed. It thus could not have major impact.

4.1.3 1995 Review

The erstwhile PW’s APSC’s Review did not restrict itself to just a review of the earlier document. It also laid down the goals and tasks of the urban movement in AP. It was a development on the 1973 circular.

A significant point that the document correctly reviewed was the lack of necessary concentration on the urban work. It concluded that though we correctly gave importance to agrarian revolution and guerilla zones, we did not concentrate to the extent required on the cities. It analysed the spontaneous shifts from urban to rural areas and pointed out the lack of a long term perspective for urban work. It also corrected the 1973 document’s wrong understanding regarding not taking up office bearers’ posts in the unions.

The document however did not try to present a comprehensive policy for urban work. It also did not bring about the necessary reorganization of the work.

4.2 Our Main Shortcomings

The above documents and the reviews done at conferences and plenums at various levels have pointed out to various faults and weaknesses in our urban work at various points of time. It is necessary to develop a comprehensive picture of our main shortcomings as a whole.

4.2.1 Lack of Concentration on Urban Work

Throughout the past thirty years, and in most of the main areas of the Party’s work there has been a disregard towards the tasks of the urban movement and Party. As the Ninth Congress POR concluded, “We have failed to grasp the dialectical relationship between the rural and urban movements. Having understood the formulation that rural work is primary and urban work is secondary in a mechanical way, we concentrated most of our leadership forces only in rural work.”

Therefore, a culture was created in the organisation where only the rural work was seen as field work or struggle area work, whereas the urban areas were seen to be out of the field, and non-struggle area work. All the best and most committed cadres would therefore opt for, and be transferred out of the urban field. Therefore, as many examples in the 1995 review point out, cadre were spontaneously transferred out to rural areas without considering the future of the urban areas which were being emptied out.

The more serious manifestation of this understanding was however in the serious lack of concentration and specialisation by the higher committees. Very few were allocated to the tasks of the urban movement and even those who were given the responsibility were normally burdened with numerous other tasks. This led to severe problems at various levels. Without higher level cadre in the field directing the work, there was low possibility of correcting the wrong understanding at the lower levels regarding the long term strategic approach, though this mistake was referred to time and again in our reviews and documents. Without specialisation also there was no hope of the higher committees themselves deepening their poor understanding of the problems of implementing the strategic approach. Without specialisation and allocation of higher level comrades the old mistakes only continued.

All this took place despite our understanding repeated in documents that the importance of the urban areas in India is growing, that the percentage of the working class and the urban population in India is much higher than it was at the time of the Chinese revolution, and that therefore the urban areas and the working class in India will have a relatively more important role to play in the revolution.

Today the urban areas with 28.7 %of the population and over 60% of the Gross Domestic Product, with many major mega cities and a working class of ____ crores, have a growing role to play in the country and the economy, and also in the revolution. It is therefore absolutely necessary to quickly correct the imbalance in our concentration on the tasks of the urban movement. It is necessary most of all to increase our allocation of higher level comrades to urban field work. It is necessary to increase the specialisation and knowledge levels of the higher level committees regarding the urban work. And it is also necessary, where possible, to allocate suitable comrades at other levels too, or at least give greater consideration to the needs of the urban movement also when deciding regarding transfers out of the cities.

4.2.2 Lack of Concentration on the Working Class within
Urban Work

The 1973 document had correctly stated that in the urban areas we should mainly concentrate among workers. Since our movement had faced a severe set-back by 1972 and plans were afoot to put our movement on the track, we needed to strengthen our subjective forces at a faster pace. To achieve this, we concentrated on the students and youth from a practical angle, but this practice was not based on any theoretical premise. When our forces grew and we were in a better position, we made plans to penetrate into the working class. In the process of enemy’s onslaught, and our continued weakenesses in our work in the urban areas, we became much weakened as losses mounted steeply. Lack of a comprehensive approach towards urban work and lack of concentration from the leadership are the main reasons for our weak roots in the working class.

4.2.3 Neglect of Developing Party Leadership from the

Despite being the Party of the working class, recruitment from the workers has been low, and leadership from the proletariat still lower. Part of the reason for this was due to our deficiency in concentrating on the workers, and particularly on the organised workers who have a greater potential for leadership. Building leadership from among the workers requires conscious attention and effort. Unless we realise the importance of building working class leadership we will not put in the necessary efforts to achieve it. It is only in the Ninth Congress that we have specifically resolved to give importance to this task. We should now bring it into practice.

4.2.4 Lack of Deep Understanding of the Strategic Approach in
Urban Work

We have regularly given prime importance to the long term strategic approach in our documents and for some years have been reviewing that the lack of this approach has been the cause of most of our losses in the urban areas. However we have merely understood or explained it at the level of stricter implementation of tech precautions and secret methods of functioning. We have not understood that correct strategic approach is essentially a task of basically reorienting and reorganising the whole urban work basing on the effective combination of illegal and legal forms of organisations. Without accepting, deeply understanding and educating all levels regarding this strategic approach towards the urban movement, we cannot bring about a qualitative change change in our urban work.

The widest possible mobilisation and organisation of the masses is essential to challenge the overwhelming domination of the enemy in the urban areas. Secret functioning and the long term preservation of our forces is only possible within the context of a wide and deep mass movement.

Since we are working in the back drop of the semi-feudal and semicolonial conditions, we need to go in for militant struggles and actions against the management as the majority of the industrial working class is employed in the unorganised sector and is forced to work under unbearable conditions without any access to minimum protective labour laws. However, we cannot repeatedly replicate in the city the offensive tactics suited to the rural movement and expect to survive merely on the basis of stricter tech functioning. Strategically understanding the strength of the enemy in the city means accepting that we cannot openly challenge him on a military basis. Thus we cannot expect to regularly use armed strength to threaten factory owners, conduct negotiations through secret organisers, or annihilate managers, as would be possible in rural areas of a guerilla zone. And we cannot hope that we can do all such things and still survive merely by using better tech methods.

This does not of course deny the absolute importance in urban work

of the strict maintenance of tech precautions, natural covers, functioning through layers, and all other means of proper secret functioning. We must thoroughly re-evaluate our tech methods in all cities and a total revamping of our secret mechanism should be an essential part of reorganising our urban work. We must however understand that secret functioning is only one important aspect of the strategic approach of preserving our forces for a long time. Secret functioning itself is based on the mobilisation and support of the broad masses.

4.2.5 Lack of clarity on combining the various types of mass

We did not have the clarity regarding the various forms of mobilising the masses in the urban areas and how to skillfully use these in combination depending upon the concrete situation, ebb and flow of the movement.

We first placed main stress on the open revolutionary mass organisations which maintained clear links with the Party. With the onset of repression we tried to operate these organisations secretly and still tried to mobilise the masses principally through them. It was only much later that we realised that secret mass organisations could not be the only form of mass mobilising in the urban areas in the repressive conditions. It was only then that we introduced the concept of the cover organisation.

Even at this time we laid excessive stress on the formation of new cover organisations by us and did not give sufficient importance to fractional work within the existing mass organisations already working among the people. We did not understand that such type of fractional work is an important form of mass organising in the urban areas which are all controlled and repressed by the enemy. We thought that only those organisations explicitly under the control of the Party are revolutionary organisations. We did not see that through proper fractional work we can remain under cover and yet guide an organisation to play a revolutionary role.

Our education regarding cover organisations too gave a one-sided emphasis on the aspect of maintaining the cover of the organisation and preventing its exposure. We did not stress the aspect that the broadest mobilisation of the masses and the unification of large sections of the non-party masses under the mass organisations provides the best cover possible.

Further we did not understand the concept, role and importance of the legal democratic organisations and movement. Here too we only understood that we should restrict the programme and tasks so as to maintain legality. We did not see the importance of uniting the broadest sections ready to work resolutely on a minimum programme. After years of experience we have corrected some sectarian misconceptions. But we yet need to further develop our understanding and education at all levels regarding the role, importance and use of the legal democratic organisation within the urban movement.

We formed several secret mass organisations at various times. Many of these secret mass organisations were formed after severe repression on the open revolutionary mass organisations which prevented them from functioning. Our response to the repression then was to run these same organisations from the underground.

Our only change while running the secret organisations was regarding the methods of secret functioning. We expected that the secret organisations would perform the same functions and tasks that were earlier performed by the open organisations. We did not see the need to substantially change the role, tasks and structure of the new secret organisation.

We should understand the limitations of the secret organisations in carrying out broad mass mobilisation like the earlier open revolutionary mass organisations. We should therefore assign such tasks to the secret organisation which it is best able to perform – like secret revolutionary propaganda, organising the masses secretly and carrying out militant actions when necessary. Further we should reallocate those unexposed forces of the old open revolutionary organisation, to fractional, or other type of cover work. This would ensure the continuation of the task of mass mobilisation through other means.

4.2.6 Negligence in Secret Functioning

Our POR has listed in detail the various lapses in secret functioning like not building covers, not building and functioning through layers, and other technical errors. At the root of these errors is our superficial understanding of our long term strategic approach, and our lack of a proper grasp of the balance and relationship between open and secret work. A quick results, short cut, approach and liberalism are further reasons for the mistakes.

4.2.7 Lack of an All-India Perspective

This is also a shortcoming. In the earlier period when urban work was restricted to a few pockets the seriousness of this deficiency was relatively less. However with the intensification of the people’s war and the spread of the Party to most of the major urban centres in the country, the need to have an All-India urban and working class perspective has become urgent. We should draw up such a perspective and plan the deployment and utilisation of our subjective forces on that basis.

4.3 Principal Defect in Our Understanding

The above shortcomings are basically rooted in our defective understanding regarding the role of urban work and particularly the role of the working class in the Indian revolution.

As mentioned earlier in this document (point 3.1.1), the Ninth Congress has given a precise and unambiguous understanding regarding the role of the working class in the revolution. Though we had the correct understanding about the role of working class leading the revolution, we could not provide sufficient cadre to concentrate on the working class. There was not much concentration on the part of the leadership as we concentrated on building the agrarian revoluton. Though we allotted cadre for the development of working class movement, because of the lakh of long term approach and due to repression, we lost many valuable cadre who were working in the urban areas, and we faced severe losses. Though not existing at a theoretical level, there was to some extent a wrong notion in the minds of the party committees at various levels, that we need to depend upon the petty bourgeios sections, like students, for developing leading cadre. This was reflected in our practice in various states, to a considerable extent. An important factor that had contributed to this practice is the relative ease with which we can recruit cadre from the students and youth when compared with the workers and the pressure of immediate needs of revolution to be fulfilled.

The Ninth Congress has given the task of building proletarian base and to develop leadership cadre from the working class. If we rectify our mistakes, taking lessons from the past, we can certainly overcome the present shortcoming.


After formulating the policy and guidelines for urban work, and after reviewing our past, the Ninth Congress POR calls upon the Party to launch a campaign to reorganise the work according to the new guidelines. Implementing this campaign call of the POR systematically and thoroughly should thus be the main focus of our immediate tasks. Depending upon the objective reality and subjective situation in our respective areas, and basing on our Policy and Guidelines, we should draw up a step-by-step area wise programme to educate the Party, evaluate our work, identify the areas for change, draw up concrete plans and perspectives, and followup their implementation in a thorough manner.

5.1 Introduce Urban and Working Class Specialisation in the
Higher Committees

The highest committees must be the starting point. In the CC, PB, and RBs, and in those SCs where there is possibility of substantial urban work, there must be allocation of members to specialise in the urban work. Where the volume and nature of work demands it, sub-committees should be formed.

Their tasks will be to thoroughly implement the urban policy and guidelines; to closely study and solve problems in the field; to study the enemy, anticipate its moves and preplan accordingly; to theorise based on the field experiences, and to thus centralise the wealth of new ideas constantly emerging from the field so that they may be quickly implemented at all places. At this stage the same comrades will also have to concentrate on the tasks of the working class field. This means coordinating the working class work in various centres, guiding the working class organisations and fronts, preparing syllabus and materials for political education and training of cadre in the working class work, studying the developing trends in the working class movement and planning accordingly, and responding with quick decisions at the political and tactical level to the numerous spontaneous events occurring amidst the ongoing upsurge of working class struggles.

5.2 Draw up All-India and State-level Perspective-plans

The higher committees (and particularly the comrades allocated to specialise) should formulate and decide upon the perspective urban areas and industries at their respective levels. Deciding on the perspective gives the priority and direction in which to concretely plan. It ensures that the allocation of subjective forces does not move spontaneously but according to a plan.

By studying the urban process in the light of our policy and strategy,

and on the basis of a town analysis and industrial analysis, the cities/ towns and industries to be focussed upon should be decided. Simple class analysis of existing work areas and potential towns should also be conducted. This will help in deciding the priority and taking concrete decisions.

The actual allocation will naturally be on the basis of the subjective forces available and the overall plans of the responsible committee. However we must while allocating forces for the urban work be cautious and only allot comrades who will have a good chance of adjusting to the urban work and continuing for some time. Unlike the rural areas where retreat by a comrade need not lead to much exposure, the retreat of an urban comrade can lead to considerable problems for an urban organisation.

5.3 Reorient and Reorganise the Urban Organisations with a
Long-Term Strategic Approach

Many of our urban work areas are not working according to a long term strategic approach. Many areas have had to close down because of exposure and losses. Many areas have tried to introduce a strategic approach through a trial and error method derived from the day-to-day field experiences of facing the enemy. They have made considerable progress but deficiencies remain. Thus today different areas follow different practices based not only on the different levels of repression they are facing, but also on subjective factors like the approach of the area and state leadership or the differing work patterns and styles inherited from the past. This has continued due to the neglect of urban work in general, and in particular due to the absence of a common set of policies and guidelines throughout the Party. Having now adopted common policies and guidelines we should work to reorient and reorganise the urban work throughout the Party with a long term strategic approach.

This task should be taken up as a campaign closely guided and monitored by the state committees. It should be a step by step process involving the education of all urban cadre according to the urban policy, particularly stressing on various aspects of the long term strategic approach; evaluating the functioning and structure of the urban organisation at all levels – both Party and mass organisational – and taking decisions to correct or improve existing practices; setting targets for implementing the changes decided upon and following up so that they are implemented according to plan; and if necessary reallocating of forces according to the above evaluation and also according to the perspectiveplans drawn up by the higher committees.

The essential element in the effective implementation of such a campaign is the closest participation by the higher committees. Questions, doubts, and practical problems are bound to emerge in the course of implementation. To solve this requires the involvement of higher committee members who can provide answers and devise ways to resolve any problems that may come up. What we should aim to do is to see that every PM and activist operating in the city deeply understands the long term strategic approach, has full faith and confidence in this understanding, implements it in day-to-day practice, and tries to develop it to new levels.

5.4 Widely Mobilize the Urban masses, particularly the
Working Class

Regarding mass mobilisation, we must firstly correct the misconception that the long term strategic approach of preserving our forces means restricting our mass organising only to narrow secret mass organisations. All comrades must understand that the preservation and protection of our forces is only possible in the lap of the broad masses. We must therefore resort to the widest possible legal mass organising while maintaining a correct balance between legal and illegal forms of organisation and struggle. This direction towards broad mass organising should therefore be one of the crucial components of the campaign to reorient and reorganise the Party.

We should mobilise through fractional work in various types of existing organisations and through different cover organisations and constantly devise new creative means to go among the masses without being exposed. We should not worry excessively that our struggles and slogans are not red and revolutionary enough. As long as we are among the masses and drawing them into struggle, we will be able to politicize them and draw them to the revolutionary line and Party.

Where necessary, and where it is possible to mobilise on a large scale, we should also form, or participate in, legal democratic organisations. We can thus bring out the masses in large numbers on a democratic programme. We should however not do such mobilisation where the numbers are likely to be small and our forces are likely to be exposed.

The main focus of mass mobilising and organising in the cities should be the working class. We should pay particular attention to the trade unions and other working class organisations. We should also organise in the bastis where the working class reside along with other sections of the urban poor. After the working class and urban poor we should pay attention to the organisations of the students and other sections of the petty bourgeoisie.

5.5 Recruit and Develop Party Leadership from the Working

We should have a strong proletarian orientation in our Party-building process. In this regard we should pay particular attention to the Ninth Congress resolution in this respect. We should therefore concentrate on building the Party in the factories and other centres of working class work. Even within the organisations of women, youth and students, we should pay particular attention to recruiting from proletarian backgrounds. We should pay particular attention to the education of proletarians in order to quickly bring them into the Party in larger numbers. After recruitment we should have measures and programmes for training and developing Party leadership from among them.

5.6 Reorganise the Tech Mechanism in the Cities

Except for the cities and towns within and adjacent to the guerilla zones, facing severe repression, the tech mechanism in most cities is very loose and primitive. We are mostly developing our tech methods as a process of reacting to the immediate enemy threat, rather than as a plan based on a long term strategic approach. This spontaneous approach is very dangerous and must be drastically changed.

We must therefore thoroughly overhaul the tech mechanism and methods of coordinating our open and secret work. For this a gradual piecemeal process will not work. Such a process remains at the most partial and does not bring about the change required. Besides the enemy is moving fast to set up its network in cities throughout the country. We should therefore drastically revise our basic assumptions regarding tech requirements. We must realise that we cannot plan on the basis of the immediate actions and appearances of the enemy. The state is planning on a long term and all-India basis. Our planning too has to be on a long term basis and cannot make much distinction between repression and ‘non-repression’ cities.

The basic norms regarding operating under natural covers, functioning strictly through layers, cover organisation methods, and techniques of communication should be brought into implementation in all our urban work. This however should only be the first step. We should remember that our enemy is constantly studying and developing new methods against us. Our approach and method too therefore has to be dynamic and creative. Thus in the course of implementation of our guidelines, each one of us should further make additions, adaptations and developments to these guidelines. Our tech mechanism, while standing on certain basic concepts and principles, should always advance and improve, thus always proving to be one step ahead of the political police.

5.7 Prepare the Self-Defence Organs of the Urban Movement

In this respect we are relatively backward. Though all city organisations form teams for performing specific actions, there has been hardly any progress and very little experience in building more stable self-defence formations. This is true of both open teams as well as the secret self-defence squads.

We should fix targets and not now delay this task any longer. Where preparations are necessary we should make the necessary preparations and form the teams. For open teams, a simple political-organisational basis and a code of conduct should be drawn up. For secret squads, preparations for the necessary political and military education are important. There should also be full clarity among concerned comrades about the squad’s line of command. Senior comrades should take responsibility to see to the successful completion of this task.

5.8 Take up Work in Key Industries

Our presence today in the key industries is extremely low. With the advance of the people’s war, it is a pressing need that we enter into key industries and establish a strong base there. All higher committees should therefore keep this in mind while drawing up plans. We should make plans for key industries basing on the importance of the industry, the openings available for entry and the subjective forces we have available for such type of work.

5.9 Infiltrate into Enemy Organisations

This too is another area where we are practically non-existent, and where we must make a beginning. We should thus plan for this at various levels.

We should make use of opportunities for entry into the police, para military and military forces. We should very secretly follow up contacts of those already within these forces. Where possible we should enter into them from outside. Such work should be guided directly by the higher committees without informing the local bodies.

We should regularly conduct propaganda regarding the problems of the ordinary constables and soldiers. We should pick up the burning issues concerning them and arouse them to agitation.

We should also make a study of cantonment towns, ordnance factory areas, etc. with the purpose of formulating a plan for work in such zones. We should also try to collect and generate the type of forces who would be able to do such sort of work.

5.10 Build the United Front in the urban areas

Our urban united front work involves on the one hand, the building and strengthening of the worker-peasant alliance, and on the other hand, the building of unity between the working class and other urban sections and classes.

As mentioned earlier, the worker-peasant alliance is not only the task of those towns adjacent to the guerilla zones and other areas of rural struggle. The metropolitan and industrial cities relatively delinked from the countryside should particularly concentrate in various ways to advance the worker-peasant alliance. Propaganda, solidarity struggles, participation of workers in peasant agitations, direct help to the rural struggles, are some of the programmes to be undertaken. At the same time, basing on the concrete situation, other new and more creative ways of strengthening the unity of the two basic revolutionary classes should be developed.

The united front with other classes will mainly be through issue based or programme-based joint front organisations. Though these may be legal for quite sometime depending on the broadness of the front, we should be prepared to run the UF organisations from underground too , like the NDF in the Philippines, when confronted with brutal, fascist rule. While participating widely in these we should correct our sectarian errors in building such joint fronts and our bureaucratic dealings within them. The higher committees should constantly guide and plan for advancing and broadening our united front work.

As pointed out throughout this chapter, the policies of liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation have had great impact on the urban areas. Almost all the toiling sections in the cities have been hit badly by these policies. This has time and again led to spontaneous outbursts of various sections on various partial issues without a clear direction. Now however the struggles have got more organised and focussed against the very policies themselves, with the working class coming out in the leading role. Since the beginning of 2000, numerous major working class struggles have broken out, and continue to spread and grow unabated. Not only are these struggles spreading to all corners of the country, they are also marching in time with the anti-capitalist struggles going on in various parts of the globe. Even the reactionary wind after the military advances of imperialism in Afghanistan, has not been able to beat back the growing struggles.

These working class struggles have been joined by the struggles of the employees, teachers, etc. They are also inspiring the urban poor in the slums and the struggles of the semi proletariat with anti-demolition and anti-eviction struggles again taking on a militant character. Even the national bourgeois small capitalists are militantly taking to the streets against industry shifting, new taxes, high electricity rates, etc. The roots of most of these struggles emerge from the imperialist policies of globalisation, liberalization, and privatization, and are therefore being focussed more and more directly against these policies. Thus a favourable condition exists in the urban areas for the building of broad fronts against imperialism and this situation is likely to continue for quite some time more.

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CG: Maoists call for Bastar shutdown

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 30, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007 (04:25:56)

Raipur: Maoist militants have announced a strike on October 30 in mineral-rich Bastar region to protest against the government’s move to allow state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) mining access to Bastar’s Rowghat hills. Police recovered several banners, posters and leaflets on Sunday from the interiors of Bastar region, asking people to protest the government’s “meaningless industrialisation at the cost of local impoverished tribal community”. Rowghat is located in a forested stretch of Bastar region’s Narayanpur district having massive fine quality iron ore deposits. The SAIL, Railway Ministry and the Chhattisgarh government will soon sign a Memeorandum of Understanding (MoU) for laying rail tracks to allow SAIL’s flagship unit Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) to mine iron ore.

The posters also said that development of Rowghat for SAIL will displace a vast tribal population from their native hamlets. Presently, BSP is mining iron ore from Dalli Rajhara location in Durg district, around 95 kilometres from the Bhilai plant, which has stocks left for around four years. After signing the MoU, the Railways will extend the rail tracks to Rowghat areas from Dalli Rajhara. (IANS)

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Chhattisgarh: 5 policemen killed in naxal attack, 12 missing

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 30, 2007

NEW DELHI: Communist rebels opened fire on a special police force in eastern India on Monday, killing five officers and injuring three, police said.

About 200 Maoist rebels ambushed 20 officers near a local police headquarters in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, said local police official R.K. Bij.

The officers were members of a special force trained to fight the growing rebel threat, Bij said. The attack occurred about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the state capital of Raipur.

The Maoist rebels hold sway over a wide swath of impoverished forest communities and farming villages largely left out of India’s economic boom.

The rebels, known as the Naxalites, say they are fighting for land and jobs for the rural poor. They’re especially popular with the region’s indigenous peoples, who live on some of the country’s richest mineral deposits and amid its largest timber reserves but rarely benefited from them.

After festering for decades with small, scattered attacks, the insurgency is now spread across 13 of India’s 28 states and the rebels are believed to have about 6,000 fighters in an increasingly well-armed force.

There’s little fear the insurgency could destabilize all of India. But the Maoists have proven to be a major disruptive force, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the rebellion as “the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country.”

In July, 24 policemen and 25 rebels were killed in a battle in Chhattisgarh. And in March, the rebels bombarded a remote police post in the state, killing at least 49 people, most of them police, in one of the bloodiest attacks to date.

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WB Govt demands CRPF deployment in Nandigram

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 30, 2007

KOLKATA: West Bengal government has demanded deployment of CRPF in Nandigram. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee spoke to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the issue on Monday.

Earlier today, CPM and anti-acquisition BUPC activists exchanged fire in the trouble-torn Nandigram in East Midnapore district amidst reports of a gunshot injury to one person.

Police said there was exchange of fire between anti-acquisition Bhoomi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) and the CPM at Nandigram and Khejuri areas on Monday, a day after Trinamool Congress (TC) chief Mamata Banerjee alleged that her convoy was fired at from the direction of the CPM office at Sherkhan Chowk.

Normal life at Khejuri was affected in the 12-hour bandh called by CPM during the day to protest the death of its three members in a bomb blast on Sunday and against Banerjee’s alleged bid to create law and order problem there.

Shops were closed and vehicular traffic came to a standstill at Khejuri due to the bandh, police said.

There was, however, not much impact of the bandh in the three blocks of Nandigram, a stronghold of TC-backed BUPC.

Banerjee stayed behind in East Midnapore after the alleged attack on her convoy and was camping at Tamluk, TC sources here said.

Nandigram witnessed renewed violence since Saturday which claimed four lives. Three CPI-M activists died in bomb blasts at a relief camp run by the party at Sherkhan Chowk in Khejuri area on Saturday night. The party claimed that they had died due to blasts after bombs were hurled by the BUPC.

BUPC, has on the other hand claimed that the three had died while making crude bombs.

Another person was killed in an exchange of fire by the two sides at Satengabari village on the border between Khejuri and Nandigram earlier that day.

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