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Develop a Correct Style of Work to Develop the Party

(Excerpts from an article by Vinod Mishra published in Lok Yudha, the Hindi organ of the party, to commemorate the martyrdom of Comrade Charu Mazumdar on 28 July 1972.)

Comrade CM had drawn an important line of demarcation between the cadres of the revisionist and the revolutionary parties. Whereas the former keeps on waiting for the instructions from above, the later takes his independent initiative and creatively implements the instructions that come from the leadership. For this a revolutionary cadre must be of an enterprising type and he/she should have a firm command over the situation in his/her area. This however is not possible without a deep going social investigation. Comrade Mao had once remarked that no investigation, no right to speak. Without questioning the ideas that repeatedly clash with the practice at the ground level, without asking ‘How’ and ‘Why’ on every phenomenon, how can human knowledge move forward? How can new heights be scaled both in theory and practice with ‘yes sir’ kind of communist cadres?

The other important aspect of the work style is the style of the concentrated work. We shall have to continuously expand the frontiers of the mass movement, take all possible political initiatives at the state and the national levels. All this is beyond dispute. But if one has to achieve any concrete results, some particular area will have to be concentrated. Otherwise all efforts may go in vain and the practice will not be raised to any higher levels.

In recent elections we saw that in areas where concentrated work was going on we performed better than earlier. On the contrary, where in Mao’s words the work style of ‘visiting the garden while sitting on the horse back’ was being followed, our performance went down.

You may be in-charge of any area or a mass organisation, there must be a particular aspect to your practice apart from the general aspect. This particular aspect is virtually your laboratory where as a scientist you undertake ever-newer experiments, test your ideas at the level of practice and then generalise your conclusions. From general to particular and again from particular to general, this scientific work style is the Marxist work style.

Along with the general political and the agitational mobilisations, putting special emphasis on new elements who continuously emerge in the course of mass movements, bringing them in the periphery of party education and the party organisation, building party activist groups and the party branches at the ground level and activating them are the essential components of the communist style of work. A work style in which these elements are missing is nothing but a revisionist work style based on the assumption that the movement is everything but the aim is nothing. Ever broadening the scope of the movement but at the same time activating the party organisation at the grass-roots level - this unity of two apparent opposites is the essence of the communist style of work.

Our march towards organising the party at the national level and developing a strong and dynamic party infrastructure at the lower levels will be the real tribute to comrade CM.

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