Stung by allegations of double-speak on land acquisition for industrialisation, the CPI(M) has said the land-use policy of the West Bengal government would provide the "scientific" basis for conversion of agricultural land into non-agricultural purposes.
Party General Secretary Prakash Karat lashed out at critics saying the CPI(M) would "continue to refute the modern-day Narodniks who claim to champion the cause of the peasantry.
"The people of West Bengal are the best judge of genuine defenders of the cause of the peasantry", he said in an article in the forthcoming issue of 'People's Democracy'.
Observing that people like Medha Patkar had joined the ranks of Trinamool Congress, BJP and Congress, he said such individuals did not hesitate to make "outrageous comparison" between land acquisition in Singur and US occupation in Iraq, reflecting their "poverty of understanding of US imperialism".
The Narodniks in late 19th century Russia believed that the overthrow of Czarism could transform the village communal system directly to socialism as industrialisation was regressive, Karat said, adding that this understanding had led them lose the sympathy of the peasants too as they indulged in individual terrorist actions.
He said that industrialisation was the need of the hour due to the situation created by "discrimination" against West Bengal by past central governments and the flight of capital from the state earlier.