FORMATIVE YEARS OF COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL AND THE METAMORPHOSIS of BOLSHEVISM
This work attempts to engage in a critique of the theses and reports adopted in the sessions of the Congresses of Communist International (CI), popularly known as the Third International. The Four Congresses, 1919-1922 held in Moscow, Russia are considered as athe formative years of CI. Aside from the theoretical arguments over the theses, we examine the steps of socio-economic reorganisation that the Bolsheviks exercised in the name of dictatorship of the proletariat. We also review the issues in the practice of workers’ democracy, ideology, juridical and political rights that should also come under the purview of the theses on dictatorship of the proletariat. As a continuation of our review, we critically examine Marx’s ides of communism, transition to acommunistsociety from capitalism, and Lenin’s interpretation of the state in atransitional society. All these reviews are based on the documents adopted in the Congress of CI, and more recent commentaries by experts on the subject.
Arun Kumar Sinha,b.1960 is a technologist by profession and is based in Kolkata, India. He has keen interest in the evolving international workers’ struggle agaisnt capital and capitalsim in the twenty-first century.