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Q: Prabhat Patnaik in his column in the Peoples’ Democracy (Vol. XLI No. 19) wrote: “As Trumpism, and the ultra-Right in general, comes a cropper, since it does not face the basic issue of the hegemony of finance, and as the Left acquires greater clarity on the need for delinking from globalisation in the event of the hegemony of finance continuing to persist, the bankruptcy of the “liberal bourgeois” position will drive more and more working people into supporting the Left.

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Q.  High Court justice Karnan has been sentenced to six months in prison by the Supreme Court for contempt of court. Is this punishment justified? What is the stand of the CPI(M)?

G Ramesh, Chennai


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These days, when I view the electronic media and when I come across many of my fellow comrades, I get the impression that we have failed to impress the common people and raise their basic problems.   Have we become merely a force which reacts to developments?

S Baruah

The issue you have raised has many aspects.

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Q: The BJP government has announced a loan waiver for marginal and small farmers up to Rs One lakh.  What is the CPI(M) stand on waiver of farmers’ loans? Can it be justified for all farmers?

 S Manickam



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Why is the CPI(M) so biased towards Muslims and Islamic fundamentalism, ignoring and criticising the sentiments of Hindus and their thousands year-old culture?


Sagarneel Sinha, Kailashahar, Tripura


The question itself reveals a biased opinion of how the CPI(M) views Hindus and Muslims and their respective religions.

Let us take the issue step by step. 

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Q. As per the Party Programme what are the major contradictions at the present stage of the revolution and which is the main contradiction?

Chandan Biswas, Burdwan, West Bengal

Ans. The three main contradictions that exist in Indian society are:

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BSP leader Mayawati and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal have accused that the EVMs were tampered with in the UP and Punjab Assembly elections. What is the CPI(M) stand on EVMs?


S Rudrangshu, Kolkata


THE Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are a step better than the earlier manual voting system with ballot papers. Rigging of votes and booth capturing were easier in the old system.

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Q. Even after 70 years of capitalist development after Independence, the CPI(M) still talks about the People’s Democratic Revolution. As per the Marxist understanding, when capitalism has become the mode of production in Indian society, why is the CPI(M) not aiming for a socialist revolution?



Sushant Banerjee, Howrah, West Bengal

A. The programme of the CPI(M) characterises the stage of the revolution as democratic and sets out the strategic goal of the People’s Democratic Revolution.


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