An editorial in the CPI(ML)s ML Update criticises the US as it contemplates a limited military action against Syria. It argues that an unilateral American military intervention will only cripple Syria further and subject the Syrian people to a prolonged state of misery and insecurity. The editorial notes that while the Obama administrations excuse for its planned intervention was to punish the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against the people,the UN is yet to study the samples from Syria.
FOOD FOR ALL
The CPMs Peoples Democracy hits out at critics of the food security bill and disagrees with the argument that the immediate cause of the dramatic fall in the rupee was the passage of the bill. The Indian rupee has fallen by around 20 per cent since the beginning of this year. The South African Rand has done worse,falling by nearly 23 per cent. Surely,this cannot be attributed to Indias food security bill! it says. The editorial also outlines its criticism of the bill that its coverage was not near universal: Meaningful food security for our people can only begin to be given when there is a universal coverage and every family is provided with at least a minimum 35kg of foodgrains per month costing no more than Rs 2/ kg… This,India Inc says,our economy cannot afford.
An article in the CPIs New Age accuses Sangh Parivar outfits of twisting Swami Vivekanandas writings and speeches to serve their interests. It talks about how a large portrait of Vivekananda adorned the stage from where Narendra Modi dared the prime minister to a debate on Independence Day. The challenge itself was not unexpected,but what hurt the viewers was getting Vivekananda in the unholy alliance. However,the presence of Swamiji instead symbolised the contrast, it says,and then quotes Vivekanands Chicago Address where he had denounced sectarianism,bigotry and fanaticism and had argued they have filled the earth with violence,drenched it often and often with human blood,destroyed civilisations and put whole nations in despair.
Compiled by Manoj C.G.