Report on 22nd Party Congress of the CPSU

(April 1962)

Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri
Promode Das Gupta.

The following is the minority report submitted by Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri and Promode Das Gupta to the CPI leadership on the 22nd Congress of the CPSU. These leaders of the CPI did not find the report presented by Z.A. Ahmed, S.G. Sardesai and Unni Raja to be an accurate rendering of the experiences of the Indian delegation in Moscow.

The report is self-explanatory. We may add one correction. The serial mendacity of Nikita Khrushchev is now established. The analysis by Grover Furr of the ‘closed speech’ at the 20th Congress of the CPSU in 1956 has not been controverted. One such shocking lie may be seen in the note presented by the CPSU to the delegates at the 22nd Congress in 1962. An example of Albanian repression was depicted in the case of Liri Gega who was allegedly executed whilst pregnant for spying for the Yugoslavs. This had already been denied by Enver Hoxha in Moscow in his speech at the Meeting of 81 Communist and Workers’ Parties on November 16th 1960: ‘To our amazement comrade Khrushchev came out in defense of these traitors and Yugoslav agents. He accused us of having shot the Yugoslav agent, the traitress Liri Gega, allegedly ‘when she was pregnant, a thing which had not happened even in the time of the Czar and this had made a bad impression on world opinion’. These were slanders trumped up by the Yugoslavs in whom comrade Khrushchev had more faith than in us. We of course denied all these insinuations made by comrade Khrushchev’.1 We may also point out that Promod Das Gupta later became a politbureau member of the CPI (M) and that Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri went on to hold the post of the General Secretary of the Marxist Communist Party of India (United). The original spellings in the text of the names of Communist leaders have been retained.

Vijay Singh.

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