The fact that SFI and CPI(M) still plies the old trade of the revisionists and reactionaries who have plagued the International Communist Movement, and which was repeatedly exposed and rejected by Marxist-Leninists, is no news to us. They have long abandoned Marxism and has transformed into social-fascists, trampling and crushing the struggles of the oppressed people wherever the CPI(M) is in power, be it the movements of the peasants and workers in Bengal and Kerala, the liberation movement of the Tripuris in the state of Tripura, or the separate statehood movement in Darjeeling. They have never shied away from unleashing state repression wherever their political power was challenged, be it the Naxalite movement in 1960s and ’70s, or the movements against land grab and state terror in Singur, Nandigram, Lalgarh, Chengara, using the combine force of army, paramilitary, police and harmads and by silencing political dissent by employing draconian laws like AFSPA and UAPA, etc. Where they are not in power, the CPI(M) has supported the repressive measures of their ruling class partners in crushing people’s movements from Kashmir to Tamil Eelam to Dandakaranya.
For CPI(M) and SFI, Kashmir is nothing but a ‘problem’! It does not matter to them that it is a problem only for the Indian ruling classes. They do not recognise that for Kashmiris it is a non-negotiable democratic aspiration, for which close to a hundred thousand people have laid down their lives at the hands of the Indian state’s fascist armed apparatus. They protest against “the continuing violence in the Kashmir Valley”, without identifying the reasons for this daily violence or its perpetrators. What they simply want is for ‘normalcy’ to return, the normalcy of continuous Indian occupation, of everyday repression of the Indian Army, the brutal silencing of the call for Azadi to eternity. This ‘normalcy’ is disturbed and becomes a problem when the people of Kashmir militantly resist this unrelenting occupation of their homeland, and the crimes committed by the Indians, whether be in the army, bureaucracy or judiciary with impunity. That is why they complain in their pamphlet that the state government “has proved itself quite incapable of dealing with the situation”. Probably they want the National Conference government to take a leaf out of CPI(M)’s book in ‘dealing’ with mass struggles!