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On Bonded Labourers in Pakistan: a small correction

Posted by Taimur Rahman on July 13, 2006

Just a small correction in this article. The name of the father of Shaukat Maseh (who was murdered) is not Naid but Inayat. The manner in which bhatta workers say Inayat can often sound close to nayt or nayd (especially to a foreign ear). Inayat is one of the leaders of the Bhatta Mazdoor Mahaz from the 1970s. CMKP-Lahore has been working closely with Baba Feroze and Shaukat’s brothers in order to win justice for the murder of Shaukat. It is good to see that this case is recieving international attention.


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Revolutionary Socialist Intelligentsia

Posted by Taimur Rahman on July 13, 2006

(An Excerpt from “What is to be Done” by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Consider it a response to Paulo Friere)

“We have said that there could not have been [communist] consciousness among the workers. It would have to be brought to them from without. The history of all countries shows that the working class, exclusively by its own effort, is able to develop only trade union consciousness, i.e., the conviction that it is necessary to combine in unions, fight the employers, and strive to compel the government to pass necessary labour legislation, etc.[2] The theory of socialism, however, grew out of the philosophic, historical, and economic theories elaborated by educated representatives of the propertied classes, by intellectuals. By their social status the
founders of modern scientific socialism, Marx and Engels, themselves belonged to the bourgeois intelligentsia. In the very same way, in Russia, the theoretical doctrine of [communism]arose altogether independently of the spontaneous growth of the working-class movement; it arose as a natural and inevitable outcome of the development of thought among the revolutionary socialist intelligentsia.

Hence, we had both the spontaneous awakening of the working masses, their awakening to conscious life and conscious struggle, and a revolutionary youth, armed with [communist] theory and straining towards the workers.”

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