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1. What is the difference between " revolutionary party with a mass line " as said now and " mass revolutionary party " as said in the Salkia plenum resolution ?

 2. What is new specifically, hitherto untold or what is given more emphasis hitherto not emphasized enough?

R Jawahar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai.

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The 21st Congress Political-Tactical Line underlined the fact that the "CPI(M) must adopt flexible tactics to meet swift changes in the political situation". Could you elaborate on this?
N. S. Goswami I-1756 C R Park New Delhi

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In the 21st Party Congress, you have reviewed "Our growing weakness was the electoral alliance and adjustment that we had entered into with various regional parties". "By this we compromised the identity and independent role of our Party" and therefore "could not gain the people’s confidence". In this review, I am afraid, you might have missed to refer to, as it appears, our alliance with the Congress under the pseudonym Congress for democracy in Tripura in, perhaps, 1977 and our alliance with the Congress at the centre in 2004 with varied results.

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a) It seems some people in Kerala are disappointed with our approach to Hindus and this may be one of the reasons why the RSS, BJP and caste organisations are growing. Is this true?

b) When the Left comes to power, the minister for education is a minority community person or a party that is representing them. Why is this so?

c) Many Hindu temples were taken over as government property, but not even a single mosque or church were taken over either by the LDF or UDF governments.

S Muralidharan, Coimbatore

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While condemning the Hindutva communal elements' attacks and killings of innocent people (as in case of Dadri lynching), the Party is using the word Hindutva elements or outfits responsible for those atrocities. But in the case of Jihadi or ISIS killing people in Paris, the statement issued by the Party condemning the attack does not name them as ISIS or Jihadi or Muslim fundamentalist forces etc, but simply stated as terrorist attack.

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Our electoral policy in Bihar should be subject to strong scrutiny. Left parties should have contested a minimum number of seats, say 50, and supported the Grand Alliance in the remaining193 seats. By contesting in all seats, we have indirectly made the NDA path smoother. The Grand Alliance defeated the NDA on their own strength. Why do we forget the words of Dimitrov given in 1930s when fighting against the world's largest communal, fascist and repressive force, the Sangh Parivar? Your comments are expected.

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According to the organisational rules of CPI(M), election is to be held for committees at every level. As per clause 15, the outgoing committee will propose a panel. Any member present can object about any name so proposed and can even propose name or names of candidates with their consent. The proposed panel with additional names will then go for voting by secret ballot. If there is no additional name, then the panel will be accepted by raising hands.

My questions in this background are:

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