DEHIWALA, COLOMBO – After months of deliberation, the Central Committee of the New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party has announced their decision to leave ICOR, ending their struggle to save ICOR from itself. The decision appears to follow from ICOR’s decision to stand in solidarity with Premakumar Gunaratnam of the Front Line Socialist Party, a party which the NDMLP took pains to emphasise was an entirely different party from the NDMLP.
“We wish all our former comrades in ICOR the best in the future, but it is clear that ICOR cannot be brought around to the correct line represented by our party, the New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party of Sri Lanka, and our party alone.”
At this point in the press conference, Stefan Engel, who is everywhere and everywhen, stood up in the midst of the otherwise entirely Sri Lankan crowd and cried out “NO! Don’t leave us, comrades! Can’t we sit down over some arrack and talk this out?”
“Here, Comrade Stefan, it is too late, no? Even if you put the best self-criticism in the world, our mind is made up. We are forming our own international Marxist-Leninist organisation, and you are not being invited.”
As the tearful Stefan Engel left the event, our correspondent in Colombo asked NDMLP Chairman S.K. Senthivel if they might discuss the party’s future outside. As the chairman and our correspondent chatted over some delicious fresh mangoes, heavily salted and peppered, it became clear that this was not a rash decision on the NDMLP’s part, but one with quite a bit of planning and research behind it.
“We’ve been speaking to other parties around the world who are lacking an international organisation of their own, and who, like us, are upholding the correct line in a sea of chauvinists, revisionists, reformists, idealists, dogmatists, ultra-leftists, and adventurists.
“Quite a few parties are expressing interest in working with us. For a few weeks we were making very positive progress with the DKP in Turkey. Unfortunately, we got into a scuffling over whether the immediate struggle is against ‘neo-colonialism’ or ‘semi-colonialism’, and whether the next phase was the ‘National Democratic Revolution’ or the ‘New Democratic Revolution’.
“Ten of our cadre were martyred during this debate.”