Kamunist Kranti/Collectivities är en indisk grupp i Faridabad, vilket är en industriförort till Delhi. De har efter erfarenheter av olika vänsterrörelser och förlorade arbetarkamper, utvecklat en kritik mot stora ofta spektakulära kamper (så som strejker och demonstrationer) till förmån för små "osynliga" konflikter. De har utvecklat denna kritik och sitt alternativ i mer än 20 år, då de gått från traditionell vänsterinitiativ att leda strejker etc mot en strategi av att ta små steg i taget. De säger till och med att öppna stora konflikter är ett hinder, tex så säger de att strejker sedan flera decenier inte är ett vapen för arbetarklassen utan av
(BOX) Kamunist Kranti
In contrast to the huge,often spectacular struggles described here, one Indian revolutionary group has begun to strongly criticise massive, unitary and often union led battles and has evolved a radical alternative. Kamunist Kranti (communist revolution in Hindi) have in their 20 year experience of workers resistance moved from traditional leftist attempts to encourage and lead strikes etc. towards a strategy of small steps. They have basically come to believe that head on conflicts are largely useless- they almost never work in their own terms and are always an obstacle to developing workers' self activity. Large numbers of people seem active, but it is representatives and leaders who think, decide and issue orders to the 'masses'. Demos and strikes are called and controlled by leaders, mass meetings are arenas for fights between union bosses/other leaders, ex-bosses and potential bosses, all of which discourages self activity. Spectacular confrontations also provide larger, easier targets for the state/management to control and manage by dealing with the union hierarchy, or if necessary to crush with brute force.
Against this Kamunist Kranti try to develop and encourage the more mundane forms of resistance they see around them everyday, even amongst the 'apathetic' workers who avoid spectacular struggle. Peoples ties of friendship and family extend from the community into the workplace and effectively form 'affinity groups' .People look out for each other and open numberless channels of communication with other 'groups'- this often allows collective resistance to emerge. In one case toilet breaks were reduced- workers pissed on the floor until they were restored. In another example, workers ordered to use dangerous machinery with no training obediently took their places, but 'accidently' broke the machinery proving that they obviously needed better training. 'The activities of affinity groups span from mutual help to routine resistance against productivity and discipline, to steps of change that question and challeng hierarchy, competition, money relations and wage slavery' Recognising how participants belittle these smaller actions, and despite resisting representation, lack strong enough links with other groups, Kamunist Kranti try to encourage and develop this resistance in a sustained and expansive way.
Kamunist Kranti can be contacted at the radical library they set up: Majdoor Library, Autopin Jhuggi, N.I.T Faderabad 121001, India. Email: email@example.com
(This was mostly nicked from articles in the excellent Collective Action Notes paper - POB 22962 Balto., MD 21203, USA)