Lessons of the Great October Revolution

I read with great interest the article on the Ninety-sixth Anniversary of the Great October Revolution carried in the November 16-30, 2013 issue of MEL. The byline of the title of the article: ``Lessons from the Soviet experience are vital for the working class to win the battle of democracy’’ is something that I found particularly enlightening and indeed it is important for everyone in the revolutionary camp to go over the lessons learnt as we prepare for future revolutions. In particular, the theoretical line that is developed in this article is of great value. The article points out that the ideological struggle today is playing out in the field over the question as to what is the nature of democracy and the contest continues to be that between bourgeois and proletarian democracy.

The article develops systematically the historical background in which the ideological struggles took place at that time and the prevailing of the Bolshevik party in theory and in practice at that time. There are many lessons for us today to be derived from that historical experience. Indeed, at that time when capitalism had already reached a mature stage and so had the working class, the rise of political parties with the aim of putting forward the agenda of the working class, viz., the elimination of exploitation of all types was brought to the centre-stage. Historical developments showed that the work was not completed, leading to the restoration of capitalism and the rise of one-party dictatorship, which eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet system.

In today’s world, the political system has been strangulated with the complete domination of imperialism and the rule of the bourgeoisie through their multi-party form of political dictatorship. It is imperative that this system is challenged and an alternative proposed. It is necessary to take forward the theory of dialectical materialism and wage class struggle on that basis to contend with the political problems in this day and age. The CGPI through its tireless work and theoretical and practical work is continuing this struggle. The keystone in this struggle is the fight for bringing in a new mechanism to vest power in the hands of the people. The working class and its vanguard parties will lead this struggle as the contradictions in the present system grow.


Narayan, Bangalore


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