This is response to your reprinting an excerpt from the article by Com. V. I. Lenin written exactly a century ago entitled `The Discussion on Self-Determination Summed Up', with the byline `The Irish Rebellion of 1916', which is a great classic and is compulsory reading for all in the revolutionary camp.
Your introduction to the article is a very important and thorough one, which in a couple of sentences captures the essence of those times, which demonstrates the advanced theoretical preparation of the CGPI and also demonstrates the practice of Marxism-Leninism at the highest levels. This latter requires the application of the theory of dialectical materialism and class struggle to concrete problems that peoples of nations and the world and the working class faces at a given time.
The present epoch, like the one that Com.Lenin found himself in, is one of great strife and crisis and has great portent for disaster for the peoples and the nations of the world. Given this, it is important for the working class and its vanguard party to participate in the discussion at the highest level and to show the way forward and out of the crisis. The question of self-determination is one especially crucial sticking point, where lack of theory and consistency will lead the working class up the minefield of disaster. Furthermore, present day India is definitely a theatre for this particular problem to be playing itself out in sharp relief, and contending with this problem is a crucial issue both for theory and practice.
The main points brought out by Com. Lenin was the acute crisis facing the world system of imperialism brought out its essence, which is that of control of the peoples of the world through brute force. In the time of crisis, all the niceties were thrown to the winds. Nevertheless, there was also the problem of chauvinism and failure to come to grips with the situation, which downplayed the nature of the Irish rebellion, and capitulated to the bourgeois propaganda that the uprising was just a protest, rather than something that had a revolutionary seed in it. The lessons from that period remain valid until today. Today, the peoples of the world remain oppressed by imperialism, and their national bourgeoisies. The revolution of tomorrow will require all sections of society to rise up to overthrow this wretched system. What is important is the need for a conscious section to be aware that there will be an objective break with the past. Such a situation is taking birth in India as well. All the peoples and nations of India that are oppressed today will, sooner or later rise up against the tyranny of the most reactionary and moneyed sections of Indian society. This revolution will have to play itself out to defeat capitalism and all its trappings and usher in a new tomorrow. One must prepare today for the tomorrow. Let us all work towards this goal.
Sharada Naik, Nasik