On 25 May 1967, the heroic peasants of the Naxalbari village in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district, braved the bullets of the mercenary police force that came to suppress their rebellion on behalf of the feudal landlord classes and the government, in which the self-styled “Marxist” Jyoti Bose was heading the police ministry.
Immortal martyrs, Comrade Dhaneswari Devi, Comrade Nayaneswari Mullick, Comrade Simaswari Mullick, Comrade Surabala Barman, Comrade Sonamati Singh, Comrade Fulmati Devi, Comrade Samsari Saibani, Comrade Gaudrau Saibani, Comrade Khar Singh Mullick and two infants succumbed to the bullets of the killer machine of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal Indian state machinery. Their martyrdom kindled the flames of the Naxalbari struggle, which swept the nation and instilled fear in the hearts of the ruling classes.
Naxalbari peasants rebellion was not a spontaneous event, neither was it triggered by the skirmish between a peasant who got the right to till his land from the court and the goons of the feudal landlords, as it is propagated these days. It was rather a very conscious effort by the poor and landless peasants, who were politically armed with the invincible Mao Tse-tung’s Thought and the Theory of People’s War of Vice Chairman Comrade Lin Piao, to seize the state power locally and to implement the general teachings of the great revolution of China, i.e. to encircle the cities with the countryside and finally seizing them from the enemies.
This politics turned each of these peasants into a “spiritual atom bomb” – who were unhindered by the challenges that laid ahead and marched with firm determination and an indomitable spirit to win victory. This is a unique contribution of Naxalbari to the Indian People’s Democratic Revolution.
These peasants of Naxalbari were not spontaneously aroused, but it took tedious efforts and enormous political propaganda among them to smash the revisionist and economist influence that prevailed since ages. This mammoth task was done personally by our respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar.
It was therefore, his efforts and his struggle that created Naxalbari, which the CPC led by Chairman Mao Tse-tung called – “Spring Thunder Over India” and hence, respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar and Naxalbari are inalienable to each other. Leader of heart respected Comrade Mahadev Mukherjee said, “Respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar is the other name of Naxalbari” and without understanding the politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar and his vision, it will not be possible to understand the politics of Naxalbari, which was later developed to higher stages in Srikakulam, Magurjan, Kamalpur and Ghogi Bariyarpur.
The politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar is based on the invincible Mao Tse-tung’s Thought, an advanced weapon in the arsenal of Marxism-Leninism, which not many organisations follow in the present world due to the high tides of revisionist onslaughts upon the working class movement.
Opposed to popular narratives that the proponents of Dengist Chinese revisionism or the advocates of “Maoism”would share on the Mao Tse-tung’s Thought, the politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar considers Mao Tse-tung’s Thought to be, what precisely Vice Chairman Comrade Lin Piao said:
“Comrade Mao Tse-tung is the greatest Marxist-Leninist of our era. He has inherited, defended and developed Marxism-Leninism with genius, creatively and comprehensively and has brought it to a higher and completely new stage.
Mao Tse-tung’s thought is Marxism-Leninism of the era in which imperialism is heading for total collapse and socialism is advancing to world-wide victory. It is a powerful ideological weapon for opposing imperialism and for opposing revisionism and dogmatism.”
Before the Naxalbari rebellion unfurled the red banner, respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar understood that with the advent of Mao Tse-tung’s Thought as the highest stage of Marxism-Leninism, mankind has reached an advanced stage and this new era, which is qualitatively advanced than the era of Lenin -i.e. the era of imperialism and proletarian revolution, demands extreme self-sacrifice and a long, protracted two-line struggle with the revisionists of all shades to ensure the triumph of the correct political line.
Hence, he didn’t wait for anyone else to kindle the flames of the revolution, neither did he told the peasants that the victory will be easy to achieve. Respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar taught the peasants and the workers that the road ahead is tortuous and only those, who dare to defy death, will be able to stay on this path of revolution and reach the summit of victory.
However, since Naxalbari flared up, revisionism of all shades started opposing the politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar by raising one after another objection over the demand of ultimate selfless dedication to the revolutionary cause and on the demand of an unconditional faith upon the revolutionary authority, Chairman Mao Tse-tung.
Before and after the formation of our party, the great and glorious CPI(M-L), the attacks on Charu Mazumdar from both left and right camps were severe and revisionists tried to undermine the potential of his politics by shooting one after another baseless allegations against him, which he anticipated as an indirect attack on Vice Chairman Comrade Lin Piao by those who opposed the positive role played by Vice Chairman Comrade Lin Piao during the Great Cultural Proletarian Revolution and its first massive victory that culminated at the Ninth National Congress of the CPC, where the political line proposed by him was adopted and the famous politics of “Fight Self – Combat Revisionism” was upheld.
Through his revolutionary genius, respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar integrated the universal truth of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Tse-tung’s Thought and the Theory of People’s War by Vice Chairman Comrade Lin Piao with the concrete practice of the People’s Democratic Revolution in India. Without the politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar, no armed struggle or other revolutionary movement can achieve victory.
Without the invincible Mao Tse-tung’s Thought-inspired politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar, the people cannot win victory in the people’s war against the US imperialism, its lackeys-the comprador capitalists and the feudal landlords. Without abiding by the politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar, no revolutionary struggle can win any decisive and long term victory against imperialism, comprador and bureaucratic capitalism and feudalism.
Therefore, while commemorating the martyrs of Naxalbari, it becomes imperative to comprehend the politics of respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar and implement its core teachings in the concrete practice of the Indian People’s Democratic Revolution under the leadership of the working class. The path shown by respected leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar, leader of heart respected Comrade Mahadev Mukherjee is demanding ultimate self-sacrifice for the cause of the liberation of the people and hence, it is the time that we combat and defeat all forms of revisionism that propels thoughts of self-preservation within us and embrace the revolutionary line to march towards winning victory.
March towards victory under the valiant leadership of Comrade Manik, the core of the class leadership.
Red Salute to all Martyrs!
Long Live Naxalbari!
Long Live Respected Leader Comrade Charu Mazumdar!
Long Live the Invincible Mao Tse-tung’s Thought!
Long Live the Theory of People’s War – Summarised by Vice Chairman Comrade Lin Piao!
Long Live Leader of Heart Respected Comrade Mahadev Mukherjee!