[Marxism] India and Armed Struggle
dwaltersMIA at gmail.com
Wed Oct 14 13:44:56 MDT 2009
Indeed, I think the same question can be raised for places like
even Northern Ireland or the Philippines. How's that working out, exactly?
Palestine itself is not engaged in armed struggle for socialism. If so,
I missed the memo. They are engaged in a defensive, somewhat
centrifugally expressed *defensive* armed struggle.
Ireland...we all know that's lead...
and the Philippines has resulted in almost the total demobilization,
often leading to gangsterism, of the NPA. Most communists are no longer
anywhere near the CPP anymore, having rejected Sison's armed struggle
strategy as antiquated and not fitting the mostly urban population that
makes up the Philippines today.
Armed struggle *can work* if it intersects a truly revolutionary
movement of the *masses*. But if not, it ends up being like it was, or
is, in the Philippines, or Peru, where the armed struggle does not
reflect the consciousness of the masses but in fact bypasses,
completely, the people they are supposed to be leading.
The need to build a revolutionary party OF the working class and
peasantry in these countries is still on the agenda and armed struggles
actions by dedicated militants often bypasses the working class in this
It seems like in India's increasingly urban environment, even if with
local or small regional successes, India is not unlike the Philippines
in this regard. The Maoists there seem to have bypassed the large urban
centers and focused on the lower populated rural areas which, in many
ways, seems to have isolated them.
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