The nexus between private capital and state policy in the country



I read with pride of the march taken out on September 22, 2011 in New Delhi in which the Mazdoor Ekta Committee and the Lok Raj Sangathan enthusiastically participated in support of the worker's agitation at the Maruti-Suzuki plant in Manesar, Haryana.  As this letter is being written, there are reports in the media that a deal has been struck.  Exactly what the consequences of the deal are will be something that will come to light soon.  

The case points to the serious nexus between private capital and state policy in the country.  State Governments such as the one in Haryana have been working overtime to create the most ideal conditions possible for private capital and its interests to flourish, with the passing of draconian laws to crush workers' rights.  In their bid to please the management of large corporations and to become a favoured destination for domestic and foreign capital, Haryana has spared no effort to offer the best possible conditions for returns on investment.  There has been a history of disputes between management and workers in the state, generally resulting in victory for management, with more than little support from state agencies. Due to the conditions prevalent in Haryana and wage slavery, the working class is unable to withstand the attacks by the management.

The bourgeois mouth piece `Business Standard' in a report dated Oct. 2, 2011 has been gloating at what it terms as a clear victory for the management. This may very well be so for the moment.  However, if the conditions that the workers have been protesting against are not improved and if their genuine demands such as a real worker's union are not met, it is only a matter of time before the contradictions flare up again. 

What these events show is that far from being a comfortable marriage between management and workers, Maruti-Suzuki India Ltd. represents an arrangement of fierce contradictions.  Indeed, it is a reflection of the arrangements between the bourgeoisie and the working class all over the country.  By clearly understanding these terms, the working class will make an advance as its consciousness grows.  The vanguard of the party, the CGPI must continue to play the role of constantly educating the working class.  It is my hope that temporary set backs will not discourage the working class from the path of revolution.


A. Narayan


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