KOZHIKODE: Mr Kanahaiya Kumar, the firebrand former student leader of JNU, has said that the Left parties should forge a united front in the war against fascism as the time warrants it. Speaking at a session on 'The necessity to dissent in democracy' at the KLF on Saturday, he said the union with likeminded parties was suggested not for electoral gains.
"When we accept that India is facing fascism, we should go by Bulgarian communist Georgi Dimitrov who said that we should forge an alliance to fight it," Mr Kanahaiya Kumar, who is identified with CPI politics, said. "If Congress is neo-liberal, what about NCP, JD (U) and RJD, the alliance partners of third front? Aren't they neo-liberal?" he asked. "We have to deconstruct the analysis of political parties in the basis of class," he opined.
"Ambedkarites say that they differ with communists, invoking the quotes of E.M.S and S.A. Dange. But my question is what is the relevance in considering those remarks now which was made decades back," he asked. He reiterated that Marxism is not like Gita to practise line by line without considering the context.
He was not a revolutionary and the revolution should come through people, he said. "I am not a poster boy of any revolution. Revolution is not the sole responsibility of any political party," he said.
Answering a question on capitalist leanings of Left leaders of Kerala, Mr Kumar said that using an iPhone never meant one is a capitalist. "If there are common schools and hospitals where children from all walks of life can study, that is important," he noted.