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True Marxists adapt to changing conditions: Yechury

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CPI(M) has said is based on a "analysis of conditions" and a true believer of the analyses the situations and adapts to changing conditions.

Yechury, who was severely criticised by sections of the CPI(M) for advocating an understanding with the to take on the ruling BJP, pointed to the success of the Communist China, which has "adapted to the changing conditions".

"is based on a analysis of concrete conditions. As conditions change, if your analysis does not change then in my opinion you are not a Marxist," he said.

Yechury, who was re-elected to the highest position in his party for the second time in April, said the "assaults on reason and rationality, which rupture the social order", can only be fought by

He likened the "emergence of private armies" which attack Dalits and minorities in to Italian fascists, the Blackshirts, and stressed that such assaults on the existing social order should be countered ideologically.

He referred to the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in in January, which had provoked outrage across the country after members of the state's ruling party initially appeared to defend the accused.

"Dalit atrocities are growing in the country and the emergence of private armies attacking Dalits and minorities are no different than the Blackshirts and Brownshirts of and Mussolini," Yechury said.

The Dalits and the Left are uniting to fight them, he said at a discussion in on the relevance of Marxism in and

Yechury said the essence of German philosopher and Karl Marx's theory is not dogmatic and not a formula that can be mechanically implied, but a creative science.

"Relevance of Marxism is not lost but has become even more relevant... That is why on the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx, had come out with a headline saying 'Happy Birthday You were right!'," he said.

On Marx's relevance in India, Yechury said the challenges of economic exploitation, the rise of fundamentalism and the continuous attacks on constitutional institutions can be only combated by Marxism.

Quoting Hungarian Marxist philosopher Georg Lukacs, he said fascists succeeded all over the world, especially in and Germany, in "destruction of reason" and that is what is being witnessed in

"The only way to face such irrationality is through battle of ideas and that is where the relevance of Marxism comes. It is to reestablish the supremacy of rationality and reason," he said.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 16:30 IST