May 20, 2009 11:59:26 pm
The latest issue of CPM mouthpiece Peoples Democracy went to print before the election results were out and obviously the comrades could not read the writing on the wall. Ironically,it claims that the a new alignment of parties will form the government after elections.
While the Left has assiduously worked for the formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative secular government which can bring about a radical shift in the policy trajectory in the country,it is clear that a new alignment of parties that will form the government is bound to take place after these elections,as has been the case in 1996,1998 and 2004, it says.
In the article titled People demand relief,Politburo member Sitaram Yechury argues that during his six-week long campaign,it had become obvious that people everywhere were seeking relief from their day-to-day burdens. Growing unemployment as a result of the global recession accompanied by spiralling prices of essential commodities have been subjecting the people to a double whammy onslaught, he says.
This may sound to be at complete variance from large sections of media reporting,particularly by the electronic media. Given their proclivity for sensation and,hence,the emphasis on the inane and the trivial,they have tried to project these elections as one without any issue, he says.
Returning to the campaign,it is clear that the people expect of the new government that assumes office to take urgent measures to provide relief. This,however,can only be done if there is a radical shift in the policy direction which puts people before profits. Only a government that has the courage and commitment to hugely enlarge public investments,which generate both employment and domestic demand,can meet the current challenges and provide relief to the people.
Let us hope that such an alternative secular combination that can undertake this urgent task will form the government following these general elections, he says.
Yankee go home
In the context of US Charge d Affaires Peter Burleigh meeting political leaders including TDP president Chandrababu Naidu in the run up to elections,the edition reproduced an article appeared in CPMs Bangla daily Ganashakti in April on the US efforts to diminish the presence of Left in Parliament.
Recently,a higher official of US consulate has met twice some representatives of a few Muslim religious organisations in a central Kolkata hotel. This kind of interventions by the CIA agents,FBI and US embassy in the internal politics of our country has become a norm from 1999 when L K Advani became the home minister, it says.
It claims that the staunch opposition of the Left against the India-US nuclear deal has also disgruntled the imperialist bosses and its junior partner,Indias ruling classes. Thus,the major motive of the grand alliance of an array of opposition forces comprising the Congress-Trinamul-Maoists nexus with the backing of imperialist forces is striving hard to displace the Left and marginalise its presence and influence in the parliament,
It is worth mentioning that out of the 61 Left MPs in the last parliament who were thoroughly vocal against the politics/policies of neo-liberalism,communalism and imperialism,West Bengal contributed 35 MPs. In this respect,the American establishment wants to control and diminish the presence/importance of the Left in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
Since West Bengal sends a big chunk of Left MPs,the US intelligence agency CIA has currently targeted West Bengal to reduce the numbers of Left from the state. This strategy of marginalising/displacing the Left by the CIA is not new. In 1957 itself,the CIA funded the Congress generously to topple the first communist government in Kerala.
The same strategy of financially supporting the Congress to restrict the role of the Left in the politics of West Bengal was repeated in the decade of 1970s.
History has taught us how the CIA-sponsored military coups and political interventions have displaced the progressive and left-wing regimes in Latin America,Africa and Asia. Today,the state heads Hugo Chavez,Evo Morales and Raphael Correa of Venezuela,Bolivia and Ecuador respectively have also alleged the interventions of CIA in their domestic politics against the progressive forces.
It is an important question whether the CIA is planning to repeat the history in India in general and Bengal in particular,more so in the current context when the Left has strengthened itself with the highest ever contingent sent in the last parliament and is determined to fight neo-liberalism,communalism and imperialism tooth and nail.
We have to also understand that the eruptions of lawless anarchy and violence in Bengal with separatist cause of Gorkhaland,Kamtapuri,greater Coochbehar,demand for greater Jharkhand and Maoist-sponsored violence in Lalgarh in alliance with the local Trinamul and Congress goons are not spontaneous events.
It is a planned and well calculated,coordinated effort by the reactionary alliance of separatist forces,anarchist violence,opportunist Trinamul and neo-liberal Congress, it says.
Compiled by Manoj C.G
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