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Friday, October 4, 2013

THE unique experience of the fund drive campaign organised in Kerala, in connection with the construction of Harkishan Singh Surjeet Bhawan-EMS Research Centre at Delhi, is yet another testimony which reveals the distinctive character of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), as opposed to the political parties of the exploiting classes.




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THE unique experience of the fund drive campaign organised in Kerala, in connection with the construction of Harkishan Singh Surjeet Bhawan-EMS Research Centre at Delhi, is yet another testimony which reveals the distinctive character of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), as opposed to the political parties of the exploiting classes. 

CPI(M), the party of the workers, peasants and toiling masses, collects funds mostly from the same sections, who care to donate from their meager income, to meet the requirements of their Party, as and when the Party calls for material support. Where as it is well known that the financial needs of the parties of the exploiting classes are usually taken care of by the few billionaires. Apart from these, they amass billions of rupees through naked corruption. Part of such corrupt practices are exposed through scams such as Bofors, 2G, Coalgate, Commonwealth, Adarsh etc. It is such ill-gotten amounts from scams as well as billions mobilised from the monopoly houses that are used for purchasing votes in elections. At times of crucial voting in parliamentary fora, part of such loot is used to ensure majority. While millions of ordinary people provide their small donations to our Party, the millionaires and billionaires give their millions and billions to the bourgeois-landlord parties. It should be in this background that the “hundika” collection in Kerala be surveyed. 

CPI(M) Central Committee had given a call to all its units, to donate and mobilise funds for the setting up of a permanent PartySchool in Delhi in the name of late Harkishan Singh Surjeet.  The Party has also decided to set-up a Research Centre in the name of EMS Namboodiripad and also a fully equipped auditorium with modern facilities, in the very same complex.

From all over India, the response has been very encouraging.  The Kerala experience was immensely inspiring.  First of all, every Party committee in the state, held its meeting and the members, from state committee to branches, offered their personal contributions to their respective Party unit meeting. The members of Kerala state committee together donated over Rs Two lakhs. This was reported in each district committee and they similarly fixed the contribution amount of each DC member.  This exercise continued in area committees, local committees and over 28,000 branch committees as well. Through this process, most of the Party members of the state (around four lakhs) together contributed Rs 3,06,01,145, much before the Party squads approached the general public for contributions. This means, on an average, each Party member of Kerala donated Rs 76 towards Surjeet-EMS Memorial.

September 8-9, 2013 were identified as the days for approaching the general public for “hundika”/bucket collection. Sunday, the 8th was chosen for visiting houses and on Monday, the 9th, shops and other establishments were approached.

State secretary of the Party, Pinarayi Vijayan led the squad in Pinarayi village of Kannur district. All other leaders and cadres participated in the mass fund collection campaign. Each district and area experienced noteworthy instanc

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