West Bengal has been governed for many years by
the Left Front, whose main component is the CPI(M), one of India’s main
Communist Parties. Their past is one of support for Stalinism. Today the
leaders of this party have transferred their allegiance to so-called
“neo-liberal” capitalism, to the degree that they have actively organised
brutal attacks on peasants defending their land from being taken from them.
The dalits, the “untouchables”, of India are not one
homogenous bloc. Within them a bourgeois layer has risen and aspires to be a
part of the bourgeois class as a whole. With this aim in mind they promote the
idea that the dalits as a caste need their own “dalit party”. To do this they
try to isolate the dalit proletariat from the rest of the Indian working class
to promote their own selfish interests. Here Rajesh Tyagi explains that what is
needed is proletarian unity across the caste barriers.
The editorial of the latest edition of the Asian Marxist
Review is dedicated to the situation in India, where we have an economic boom
benefiting only a minority and growing poverty at the other end of society.
Sooner or later the situation will explode.