26 November, 2020

Shades Of Pink

China's pro-capitalist tilt yields a split opinion in the Left here

Shades Of Pink
Last week, the Indian Left received notice that it better reconstruct its political vocabulary and, perhaps, its positions too, when the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), the largest in the world, opened its doors to capitalists who can now become members of the party. Where does that leave orthodox Marxism? Is it goodbye to the eternal contradiction between capital and labour? Is socialism—reeling after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union—now in terminal decline?

The Indian Left is split sharply down the middle. While there are those who feel that the fundamental Marxist principles can't be diluted, there are others for whom the changes announced by the CPC is a reality to be accepted in the liberalised world.

Says CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechuri, who is among those who feel that contrary to what the western media has projected nothing has significantly changed: "I refer to page two of the Chinese constitution. There's a clear declaration that the basic tenets of Marxism-Leninism will remain the sovereign philosophy of the state." According to him,...


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