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Janashakti plumps for offensive strategy

By W.Chandrakanth

HYDERABAD Feb. 7. Realising the "limitations'' of its struggle and the consequent stagnation that is affecting the party cadre, the Janashakti group is all set to switch over from strategic defence to tactical offensive stage in its operations in the eight States it has presence in the country now.

Talking to The Hindu at a designated spot some five hours away from here on Thursday, K. Rajanna, who is heading the CPI-ML Janashakti, said the rightist attitude that had developed in the party like in all other ML groups had prevented its progress in the revolutionary direction.

The party would no more confine itself to defensive struggles and would also not treat the State and individual enemies as different. The effort was to convert the movement into armed resistance struggle to face "the low- intensity conflict'' being waged by the State.

Rajanna said though there were some setbacks for the party in the recent times, the conditions prevailing in the country due to liberalisation and globalisation could easily be exploited in favour of revolution.

He dismissed the exit of some leaders from the party as a "natural development that happens during introspection.'' Corrective measures undertaken to rectify flaws in the theory and practice lead to such exits, he said pointing to M.V. Prasad's episode.

He lashed out at the "covert operations'' of the police and said Prasad was just another tool in the hands of the State who was being used against the revolutionary parties. All ML parties and new democratic revolutionary forces must be wary of such damage to their struggles, he said. Prasad had long been converted into a "police covert'' and had been planning to engineer a split in the party, he said.

The party would deal with him at the right time and was not concerned about his outbursts, he said. The Central Committee of the party had resolved to throw him out of the party on December 5, 2002, but the latter was trying to spread a canard that the party had split.

Prasad had an agreement with the police to lead them on to Janashakti dumps and some top leaders and achieved some successes in his "treason'' to revolution. There was enough proof of his complicity and hence none of the cadres joined hand with him, he said.

Rajanna admitted that the armed struggle of the ML groups was still in primary stage (since it began in 1968) due to its limitations of the "step approach.'' The approach was to build mass movements first and then hold on to passive resistance and believe in the grand finale of armed resistance. It was wrong, he said.

Armed resistance was inevitable in guerrilla warfare and a regular army must be built, he said. Opportunities like movement for separate Telangana should lead to creation of youth groups in every village to spread the message of the revolution. The party would fight the degenerative tendencies with greater commitment and would concentrate on disarming enemy and arming the people, he said.

The situation was conducive for building armed resistance in the country as reforms would not come with a human face. The forces of new economic revolution were bestowing extreme identities on people and the result was visible in India in the form of "Hindu fascism,'' he said. Encouraging identity politics instead of subaltern democracy was the nature of the globalisation forces.

The Governments were now waging several wars against people and revolutionaries. While physical encounters were just one face of it, suppression through reforms was another. The latter had more debilitating effect on people, he said.

Telangana issue: Telangana had become an internal colony of the central coastal districts people and its liberation from Andhrites was necessary. However, the Telangana issue was not a mere geographical issue as was being touted by people like K. Chandrasekhara Rao of the TRS. A wider mass based struggle for socio-economic and political liberation was required, he said.

It was also not a question of packages as was being promoted by the communists and in fact the cry for Visalandhra was a cry for colonisation, he said, lashing out at the communists.

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