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Maoist faith in guns has discredited Left movement: Prakash Karat

Karat said the CPM would not hesitate to reach out to Maoists if they leave the path of violence.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 30, 2013 2:05:47 am

The Maoist doctrine of revolution through guns has led to “serious degeneration of revolutionary politics” and discredited Marxism and the Left movement,according t o CPM general secretary Prakash Karat. He said the Maoists in Nepal through their “experience” have realised that such a path would not take them “anywhere ahead”.

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Karat said the CPM would not hesitate to reach out to Maoists if they leave the path of violence like the Nepal Maoists did and added that the party found it easy to engage with the latter after they came to the mainstream. “Our fundamental criticism is that it has abandoned politics,” Karat told The Indian Express journalists at an Idea Exchange interaction,outlining the reason for the Left’s opposition to the Maoist movement in India.

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“A party as they call themselves CPI (Maoists) talks about revolution minus politics. All that they think is that revolution is accomplished by the gun and it has led to serious degeneration of revolutionary politics. It has led to anarchist violence,indiscriminate killings (and) terror which discredits Marxism or the Left movement. So,we are totally opposed to it,” Karat said.

He was replying to a question on his views on the Naxalite movement. He said the CPM has “nothing in common” with the Maoist stream of today. “If there is any retrieval from this position (of the Maoists) towards more political approach and political activities,then we would not hesitate to reach out or try to find common ground,” he said.

In this context,he spoke about the Maoists in Nepal. “Like what happened with the Nepal Maoists,who from their own experience realised that this is not the path which would take them anywhere ahead. They did some serious rethinking,” he said. Karat said the CPM got in touch with them around that time.

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