General Programme

PREAMBLE

The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) is the political party of the Indian proletariat fighting for realising its supreme class mission. It comprises the advanced detachments of the people and serves as the core of leadership of the people of all nationalities in India in their struggle against feudal remnants, big capital and imperialism.

Beginning with the minimum programme of accomplishing new democratic revolution in India, the Party dedicates itself to the maximum programme of bringing about socialist transformation and communism, to the ultimate aim of abolition of all kinds of exploitation of man by man.

The Party derives its world outlook from Marxist philosophy and accepts the integrated system of Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong thought as its guide to action. To develop the correct line of Indian revolution, the Party wages a relentless battle against reformism, revisionism, liquidationism, bourgeois liberalism, anarchism and all other alien ideas, both inside and outside the Party.

The Party upholds and practises proletarian internationalism and opposes all kinds of imperialism, hegemonism, colonialism, expansionism, racism, chauvinism, aggression and domination. It cherishes unity with all revolutionary communist, socialist and workers’ parties and organisations in different parts of the world. It supports the struggles of workers, oppressed peoples and nations throughout the world and makes common cause with all such struggles against the forces of imperialism and reaction with the ultimate goal of complete emancipation of the entire humankind. In matters of fraternal relations, the Party adheres to the principles of independence, non-interference, equality, mutual respect and cooperation.

Combining theory with practice, maintaining close links with the masses and practising criticism and self-criticism are the three cardinal principles of the Party’s style of work. In developing its practice, the Party always adheres to the policy of seeking truth from facts and conducting deep investigation and serious studies.

Members of the Party cherish utmost love for the people, uphold all the fine revolutionary traditions of the Indian society and have the courage to hold high the banner of truth and communism even at the cost of their own lives.

Indian Society

Despite a diversified industrial structure, a swelling service sector, growing pockets of modern farming and increasing integration with the world capitalist order, India, home to the largest contingent of the globe’s poor, remains in the ranks of the backward, underdeveloped or retarded capitalist countries of the world. Development of capitalism in India continues to be vitiated and inhibited by any number of feudal remnants which are still quite stubborn and strong.

True to the law of capitalist development, the share of agriculture in GDP has been progressively declining, but thanks to the preponderance of a backward small peasant economy, mass dependence on agriculture for employment and livelihood remains steady around 70%. The persistence of feudal remnants not only assures the availability of cheap labour-power and raw materials for both Indian big capital and imperialism, it also provides ground for the persistence of medieval obscurantism, casteist frenzy,

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