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Khatam line’ a mistake: Suniti Kumar Ghosh

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2009

ASANSOL: Any political outfit that believes in annihilation is being stupid, feels 92-year old Naxalite ideologue Suniti Kumar Ghosh and one of the frontrunners during the Naxalbari upsurge of 1967. Ghosh believes Maoists are not dependent only on individual killings and have focused on building a mass base as well.

Forty years after the "Khatam"(annihilation) line of Naxalites, when gunshots fired by Maoists echo across the states of Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, the nonagenarian sees little similarity between the Naxalite movement and what the Maoists are doing now.

"We made a mistake. Khatam was stupid. Individual assassination doesn’t make a revolution. Khatam was mentioned in Charu Mazumdar’s Eight Documents written in the mid-60s but it was not the official line. In the All India Coordination Committee of Communist Revolutionaries (AICCCR) it was stated that revolution not by conspiratorial method but mass-line.

During the Naxalbari uprising people were involved, integration was made possible. Khatam returned after the formation of the party in 1969," Ghosh recalled.

The veteran now settled in Asansol feels it was a big mistake to go for individual assassination without mobilizing people.

"I don’t know what the Maoist strategy is, but I don’t think annihilation is their only plan. Maoists have developed mass support. Despite the overwhelming use of force, they have stood their ground in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and are expanding. Without people’s support, this wouldn’t have been possible," said Ghosh.

The veteran sees the same tactic used in Lalgarh, where the a three-pronged fight is on between the government, CPM and the Red rebels.

"There was a people’s movement in Lalgarh. Village committees have been formed. There is a difference in what we did and how they are doing. I don’t know if they can bring about a revolution in India but there is no other way," Ghosh said. "Even 62 years after independence more than 50 per cent of the people are living below poverty line. Hundreds of villages don’t even have drinking water. What is the way out,"? the nonagenarian ideologue asks.

Busy providing the final touches to his latest book, Naxalbari: Before and After, Reminiscences and Appraisal, Ghosh blames the pro-China leaders for the Khatam line.

"In 1969, an article was published in the Peking Review stating that by 2001 proletarian revolution will be complete all over the world. There were many leaders who blindly followed the Chinese model. This was an astonishingly absurd prediction to make. We were immature and believed it. All of a sudden, it was felt that revolution would have to be completed in India by 1975. Without mobilising people’s support, line of annihilation was taken," Ghosh said. TOI

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