Thrissur: Merger of CPI(M) and CPI was not
on the agenda of CPI(M) but the party would strive to
strengthen the Left unity in the country, CPI-M general
secretary Prakash Karat said on Thursday.
CPI-M would work for closer co-ordination with CPI to
strengthen the unity of Left forces in the prevailing
political circumstances, Karat told reporters on the sidelines
of a seminar organised in memory of veteran Marxist leader
late EMS Namboodiripad.
On questions about his continuance as general secretary
of the party despite the drubbing it received in the assembly
polls in West Bengal and Kerala, Karat said it was the party
which has to decide the matter.
"If the party desired so (continuance as general
secretary), I will abide by that," he said.
Earlier inaugurating the seminar, Karat said Marxism had
faced challenges during the last three decades both in
theory and practice. Many of these challenges emanated out of
the globalised finance capitalism, he said.
He said it was important to look at Marxism, in theory
and practice, in "a new way" with an "authentic understanding"
of its theories and their applications in the changed context.