“Successors to the revolutionary cause of the proletariat come forward in mass struggles and are tempered in the great storms of revolution. It is essential to test and know cadres and chose and train successors in the long course of mass struggles.”
“Theoretical education is the key to unify the entire Party. Without this, the Party cannot achieve a single political task.”
“For the proletariat the sharpest and most effective weapon is a serious and militant scientific attitude.”
It is very much necessary to concentrate on party building if the people’s war has to advance in big leaps. The working class exercises its leadership through its party, by organising all sections of the people in anti-imperialist and anti- feudal struggles and by sending its advanced detachment to the rural areas.
The party stresses the following in party building: mainly concentrate on the rural areas; pay special attention to building the party among the poor peasants and agricultural labourers, dalits masses, toiling women, and adivasis; make special efforts to draw them into the revolutionary struggle as well as into struggles against social inequalities, oppression and patriarchy to ensure their development into leadership positions at all levels; build party among the students, unemployed youth, teachers, intellectuals, employees in other fields etc; absorb the advanced elements into the party after the required politicisation.
Leadership has to be established through party committees, ranging from primary units to all levels, in the PLGA and People’s Militia. People’s armed forces are an important source for the recruitment into the party. The CPI (Maoist) acknowledges the need to properly handle the dialectical relationship between increasing party membership and consolidating it and expanding and taking the revolutionary movement to the higher stage and the dialectical relationship between propaganda, agitation, struggle and organisation. It seeks to maintain a balance between building party among peasantry and among other classes and social sections, particularly the working class; between strategic areas and other areas and between rural and urban areas.
It recognises that the party will be really strengthened only when both components – the professional revolutionaries and part-time members – are strong. Among the two the professional revolutionaries are the core of the Party while part-timers are the base. It stresses the need to pay attention to maintaining continuity of leadership from the beginning, and during the growth and development of class struggle; forming the leading teams with a good combination of old and new; moulding the party in consonance with the changes in the country and international situation.
It keeps in mind the need to increase the numbers of leading comrade and rank and file experienced in carrying-out class struggle, in order to face up to losses. It insists that the party should remain underground from the very beginning until the end. Coordination of legal activity with the underground party is one of the most important aspects in the functioning of the revolutionary party. Theoretical education is one of the most important tasks among all the party’s activities.
While studying the science of Marxism and applying its principles is one aspect, participating directly in class struggle and learning from the masses is another. Ideological and political training is given to the cadres freshly joining the party in order to mould them to meet all the requirements of the class struggle. Besides training the party committees and the cadres ideologically, politically, organisationally and militarily, a system of proper check-up is also needed. Party schools are conducted. Systematic efforts to build up party schools and regular education are going on, though with uneven results due to repression and losses. Investigation, class analysis, and summation of experiences are important means of raising the theoretical level of the party.