The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation is an Indian communist party born in ferment of the Naxalbari uprising of May 1967. The Naxalbari uprising put the most oppressed sections of India’s people firmly on the map of Indian politics and in the driving seat of Indian revolution – and in doing so established continuity with the historic communist-led peasant movements of Punnapra-Wayalar and Telangana. The party was founded on the birth anniversary of Lenin, April 22 1969, committing itself to applying Marxism-Leninism in Indian conditions.
The CPI(ML) emerged as the firm defender of the revolutionary legacy of India’s communist movement, resisting revisionism as well as anarchist currents in the Indian communist movement. Right from the outset it braved the most brutal custodial torture and killings that claimed an entire generation of its leaders including its founding General Secretary Charu Mazumdar. The CPI(ML) Liberation since its earliest days developed a model of class struggle that championed questions of dignity and equality of the oppressed castes and women.
The CPI(ML) Liberation currently has elected representatives in the Assemblies of Bihar and Jharkhand, and leads movements of workers, peasants and various sections of people all over India. The CPI(ML)’s representatives in Parliament and Assemblies have played the role of a revolutionary Opposition. The CPI(ML) upholds the best of India’s traditions of anti-imperialist nationalism. In its approach to relations with neighbouring countries as well as to internal nationality questions, the party has been consistent in its opposition to every kind of national chauvinism and jingoism. The CPI(ML) has, from its inception, been at the forefront of struggles to expand and deepen India’s democracy. The CPI(ML) consistently resists state repression, fights for the abolition of draconian laws, fights for the annihilation of caste, resists gender violence, racism and homophobia and struggles against corporate plunder of land and resources. It is committed to resisting the growing communal fascism in India with all its might.
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