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The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy concentrates its energy on attacking the BJP...

April 29, 2009 1:04:20 am

The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy concentrates its energy on attacking the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani for “double speak” on the Indo-US nuclear deal and the role of public sector units.

Quoting the BJP’s vision document for infrastructure development that says the NDA will strengthen public sector,it reminds the BJP that it had established a separate ministry for disinvestment and proceeded to try and decimate the public sector systematically when it was in power. Now,the BJP is saying that the public sector is India’s national pride and the NDA government will strengthen the public sector,and enable it to make its fullest contribution to infrastructure expansion in India. “Indeed,a very convenient methodology to renege from its past position! More importantly,this is a crass cynical attempt to woo the votes of a vast section of Indians that support and depend upon the public sector,” the edit says.

On the nuclear deal,the editorial says Advani had in November 2007 said that the 123 agreement is unacceptable to the nation because it is deeply detrimental to India’s vital and long-term interests and if the NDA gets a mandate,it will renegotiate the deal to see that all the adverse provisions in it are either deleted or this treaty is rejected completely.

Now he is saying that government is a continuing matter and treaty signed by an earlier government cannot be easily disregarded. “Leave alone rejecting the treaty ‘completely’,there is no mention of even an effort to ‘renegotiate’ the treaty. The word ‘renegotiate’ does not even appear in the voluminous manifesto that the BJP had issued earlier,” it says.

“Clearly,the BJP was misleading the nation on the India-US nuclear deal,in an effort to mask its real pro-US imperialist stand. After all,it was the BJP-led NDA government that initiated the process of developing a strategic alliance of India with US imperialism. It was they who further strengthened relations with Israel…Such are the perfidious games that the BJP plays. What they say for public consumption is entirely different and,at times,the complete opposite of their real agenda and intentions,” it claims.

Lords of finance

An article claims that members of the global financial community are being directly inducted into political appointments,and that from occupying bureaucratic positions within an overarching political process they have now started moving directly into political positions.

It cites the example of the US saying President Barack Obama’s political appointees include people like Robert Rubin,Larry Summers and Tim Geithner,who are indubitably members of the global financial community and who collectively are in complete charge of economic matters in the Obama administration.

“What is more surprising is the way the financial community has insinuated itself into political positions even in a country like India which had a prolonged anti-imperialist struggle whose legacy still remains,and where politics,admittedly electoral politics,is taken very seriously by the people.” it says.

“The case of Manmohan Singh is too well-known to be recounted here,but in recent years members of the financial community have been smuggled in through the Rajya Sabha route into the nation’s politics and kept in readiness for important political positions.

“None of them has ever participated in any political activity; none of them has ever won an election on the basis of popular mandate; and none of them has ever even been particularly loyal to the political party which nominates them. Nonetheless they emerge as key political figures and promote even within a system marked by universal adult suffrage the interests of international finance capital,” the article says.

Strike a pose

The CPM,which often uses the strike as a potent weapon of agitation,criticised the DMK for calling a general strike in Tamil Nadu on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. A news report from Chennai quotes CPM state secretary N Varadharajan as saying that Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s call for a general strike was “high drama”.

Although Left trade unions had observed at least two nation-wide general strikes between 2004 and 2008 when the Left was supporting the UPA government,Varadharajan says “it is an irony that the DMK,a party which is sharing the rule of central government,is announcing general strike against their own government.”

Compiled by Manoj C.G

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