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View from the left: Maintaining continuity

Narendra Modi has paid official visits to Nepal, Bhutan and Japan, besides travelling to the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly, while receiving Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Chinese president.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: October 1, 2014 12:45:39 am

Discussing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India earlier this month, the CPM’s People’s Democracy has said the statements made and the joint vision given by both India and China “should lay the foundation for the emergence of much closer good-neighbourly relations between the two countries and for cooperation on international matters which are of mutual concern and benefit to both our countries”.

“The CPM has always maintained that improved relations between India and China are a vital element for ensuring peace and security in South Asia,” an editorial states. “While the mutually agreed institutional arrangements to discuss and resolve the disputes between our two countries, including border disputes, across the table must continue… and security, economic, cultural and people to people relations must improve… This can only be ensured by carrying forward the ‘continuum’ of India’s foreign policy, as asserted by our minister for external affairs in Parliament,” it adds.

The editorial, however, says the “slant in the foreign policy” of the country under the new government will be known only later, given that in just over a hundred days of his taking charge as prime minister, Narendra Modi has paid official visits to Nepal, Bhutan and Japan, besides travelling to the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly, while receiving Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Chinese president.

Turbulent Middle East 

Noting that the US has launched a “fresh offensive” in the Middle East to “contain and destroy their own creation, the ISIS”, the CPI’s New Age has said that “by the time America reached the conclusion that the ISIS has to be destroyed, the world had come to know that the outfit was floated and patronised by the Americans”.

“It was part of the American bid to instal its puppet regimes in different Arab countries under the garb of the democratic upsurge that was initially called the Arab Spring… This is not the first time that Americans have adopted such tactics,” it alleges. “The propaganda blitz this time is more poisonous and has potential for more serious consequences, not merely for the Arab world but countries like India, where there is a substantial Muslim population…The American ploy of attacking the ISIS needs to be seen in the proper perspective. The National Council of the CPI that concluded its special session on Sunday (September 21), in its report on political developments has rightly pointed out: ‘It is obvious that the American imperialists and their allies have failed to overcome the economic crisis that started in 2008 and now the only hope for them is to revive their military-industrial complex by promoting all sorts of regional conflicts among neighbours as well as within the countries’,” it asserts.

The editorial concludes that this warning needs to be taken seriously. “Without any concession to the notorious ISIS and the very concept of it, one needs to expose the real imperialist gameplan to plunge the world into turmoil and conflict that humanity has never witnessed,” it says.

Temple of discrimination

The CPI(ML)’s ML Update has called the incident in Bihar where a temple was allegedly washed because of Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi’s caste after his visit a “highly demeaning atrocity against Dalits”. An editorial demands a case be filed against the temple authorities. “Whether the chief minister himself was in fact a victim of such an atrocity in this particular case or not, the denial of entry into temples and other humiliating atrocities and organised violence against Dalits continues to be an ugly reality in Bihar. And this raises the unavoidable question — isn’t the persistence and virulence of such atrocities… a telling comment on the character of the 25 years of rule by governments headed by the RJD and JD(U)?” it asks.

“Behind the mask of ‘social justice’, these governments have openly made common cause and compromises with the feudal forces. The landless, oppressed poor of Bihar… continue to wage a courageous battle for dignity and justice,” it concludes.

Compiled by Ruhi Tewari

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