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AUSTRALIAN
MARXIST
REVIEW

Journal of the Communist Party of Australia

ISSUE 51March 2010

11th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties

New Delhi, India — 20-22 November 2009

Hosted by:
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Communist Party of India
Theme:
The International Capitalist Crisis,
The Workers’ and Peoples’ Struggle, The Alternatives and the Role of the Communist and Working Class Movement

Background:

The last decades of the 20th Century saw tumultuous developments and cataclysmic changes. The dismantling of socialism in the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the USSR, the collapse of the communist-led regimes in Eastern Europe and the process of restoration of capitalism in these countries all constitute a big reversal for the world forces of socialism.

In this situation, many communist parties carried out serious introspection on the basic tenets of Marxism-Leninism. Wilting under the pressure of an intense ideological offensive, many communist parties abandoned the revolutionary essence of Marxism-Leninism and embraced social democracy. During this period when the international communist movement has been thrown into disarray, there were some communist and workers’ parties that believed these shortcomings and failures in the process of constantly enriching this creative science in accordance with unfolding historical developments, is not due to its inadequacies or lack of scientific method of its content. It is due to the inadequacies and lack of scientific rigour on the part of those who have embraced this philosophy.

Efforts were undertaken to regroup the international communist movement and bring together all those communist and workers’ parties that believed in the basic tenets of Marxism-Leninism. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had initiated one such attempt in 1993 by organising an international seminar on the “Contemporary world situation and the validity of Marxism”. Thirty parties were extended invitations to participate in the seminar. Twenty-one parties, including the CPI(M) and the CPI, participated in the seminar with four parties unable to send their representatives but who sent their contributions in the form of papers while five parties sent messages expressing their inability to participate owing to critical political conditions in their respective countries. The success of the seminar in attaining the objectives it had set before it, gave renewed confidence to the various participants, in their struggle to defend socialism and to continue to fight for the goal of socialism.

Five years hence, from 1998, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) took up this task of organising international meetings of the communist and workers’ parties to exchange opinions on some of the important contemporary developments in the world and share experiences. From that year onwards, seven consecutive meetings were hosted by the KKE in Greece. The number of parties taking part in these meetings saw a steady increase reflecting the growing relevance and validity of Marxism.

To facilitate the smooth organisation of these meetings a working group of international communist and workers’ parties was formed. This group decides on the theme of the meeting, the venue and dates apart from the parties that would take part in the meeting.

As the experience of organising such meetings proved useful, there was a request to organise this meeting in different parts of the world. Accordingly the 8th meeting was organised in Lisbon, Portugal, the 9th in Minsk, Belarus and in Moscow to observe the 90th Anniversary of the Great October Revolution, and the 10th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The working group had decided in its meeting in February that the 11th meeting would be organised in India jointly by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India.

The 12th meeting is conceived to take place on the African continent, thus covering all the continents on the globe.

[In this issue of the AMR we reproduce six of the speeches at this 11th international gathering. — Editor]

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