'Maoists Ideology Outmoded, Warped and Distorted'

The CPI(M) today launched a scathing political attack on the Maoists saying they have never taken any stand on burning issues like price rise or unemployment, nor have they mobilised workers and peasants to carry out movements against "neo-liberal" economic policies.

"Their world view is outmoded, distorted and warped as they consider terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba or LTTE as liberation struggles of South Asia," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said here.

Addressing a seminar on the role of Maoists in India, he also attacked the extremist group for "importing and borrowing whole-heartedly" the ideology from the Chinese Communist Party "when it was in the grip of Left sectarianism during Cultural Revolution".

This "outmoded, warped and distorted" ideology, which has been discarded by China itself, still drives the Maoists, Karat said, asserting that the ultra-Leftists should be fought politically, ideologically and organisationally.

Criticising the government for not tackling the real issues which were giving the Maoists a foothold in some pockets, the CPI(M) leader charged that a major reason of displacement of tribals was the government's mines and mineral policy.

He asked the government to urgently implement socio- economic programmes in the affected areas to ensure that tribals are not evicted from their traditional habitat and that they receive education, healthcare and basic facilities.

The CPI(M) leader said banning of the CPI(Maoist) or putting them in the terror list "does not lead to suppressing their activities. They are already working underground."

It was only now that the government has woken up to the menace with the Prime Minister also raising concern over not fully implementing the Act to grant forest land rights to tribals.

"But this also does not remove the root cause of misery and exploitation of the tribals. The main cause is the government's Mines and Mineral Policy which is throwing open the tribal areas to the depredations of the Indian and foreign multinational mining companies," Karat said.

Referring to the spate of attacks by Maoists on CPI(M) cadres in West Bengal and elsewhere, Karat said this was not a new phenomenon because Marxists mobilised the people who the extremists want to win over.

Observing that attack on CPI(M) was "most vicious" during 1971-1972 both by the Naxals and the Congress under Indira Gandhi, he said that now it is a "joint enterprise between Trinamool Congress and the Maoists" to attack the Left in their strongest bastion of West Bengal.

Karat asked the CPI(M) activists and supporters to "isolate" the Maoists politically and "push them out of the political framework".

The seminar was also addressed by noted economist Prof Jayati Ghosh and scientist Prabir Purakayastha.