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The CPI(ML)’s ML Update has said the campaign is “intended to demolish the dignified existence and rights of religious minorities in India”.

FUTURE PLANNING

Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to dismantle the Planning Commission, the CPM’s People’s Democracy says this is part of the NDA government’s plans to “undermine institutions created at the time of the founding of the new republic”. An editorial argues, “The RSS and this Modi government, however, had all along opposed and continue to seek to transform the secular democratic Indian republic into their version of a rabidly intolerant fascistic ‘Hindu Rashtra’. This would require a unitary state structure undermining the institutions created at the time of the founding of the new republic. The dismantling of the Planning Commission is a part of this unfolding…”

“PM Modi, at the meeting with the chief ministers, had said that the Planning Commission had become outdated because both the internal situation and the international situation have now vastly changed since the 1950s. There is, however, no reference to the fact that much of the objectives to be achieved by India for the welfare of its people have remained largely unfulfilled even today,” it adds. The editorial cliams that its role in “locating major public sector industries… helped in the integration of economically backward areas and, to a certain extent, mitigated regional economic imbalance.” It states that the government has not been able to suggest an alternative institutional mechanism.

CAPITALIST AGENDA

Claiming that the NDA government has started “spreading the ‘red carpet’ for American President Barack Obama”, who will be the guest of honour at the Republic Day celebrations, the CPI’s New Age says this government’s decisions try to project it as “more ‘sincere’ than its predecessor, the UPA 2 government, in obeying the dictates of… international finance capital and its institutions like IMF and World Bank.”

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“On Wednesday (December 10) the Union cabinet approved a number of decisions in this regard. It has decided to push through the insurance amendment bill to raise the FDI from 26 per cent to 49 per cent… In throwing open this vital finance sector to the foreign sharks the government has totally ignored the experience of other developing countries that were brutally looted by these insurance companies, particularly the American ones,” an editorial claims, accusing the Congress of playing a “dual game”. “The same is the attitude of the Congress party on other financial measures. It did not oppose the introduction of the bill on coalfields in the Lok Sabha,” it says.

COMMUNAL DESIGNS

Terming the “ghar wapsi” campaign an “act of communal violence”, the CPI(ML)’s ML Update has said the campaign is “intended to demolish the dignified existence and rights of religious minorities in India”.

It claims that the campaign “is putting into practice the same principle that a Modi government minister, Niranjan Jyoti, recently declared in an election speech that Muslims and Christians in India must declare Hindu origins and identity if they are to be counted as Indian citizens…”

“The very term ‘ghar wapsi’, like Niranjan Jyoti’s ‘Ramzada’ remark, is a denial of the identity and constitutionally guaranteed rights of the religious minorities. Niranjan Jyoti said that Muslims and Christians are all ‘sons of Ram’, that is, fundamentally Hindus. Ghar wapsi implies exactly the same thing: that Muslims and Christians were all Hindus to begin with and are just ‘returning home’ to Hinduism now.”

Compiled byRuhi Tewari