The General Secretary of the NCP, D P Tripathi recently defended the CPI (M) politburo decision to support Mr. Pranab Mukherjee for the Presidential elections. This blog by a former Executive Committee member of SFI-JNU unit is a rejoinder to Tripathi's essay.
The General Secretary of the NCP, D P Tripathi recently defended the CPI (M) politburo decision to support Mr. Pranab Mukherjee for the Presidential elections while giving advice to JNU-SFI that it should also rethink its opposition to such a decision. His interest in the ongoing debates on SFI-JNU is because of his ‘old association’ as a former SFI leader and JNUSU President during emergency. Now, his new association with Nationalist Congress Party, a breakaway group of the Indian National Congress, whose authoritarian policy of emergency was fought by Tripathi as an erstwhile JNU student leader, has to be taken into account while judging his unconvincing arguments.
One can ask why someone like Tripathi, who abandoned the politics of the SFI and CPI (M) and became a close aide to Rajiv Gandhi in the 1980s, is expressing such concerns about the SFI-JNU today. It is indeed surprising that while none of the Left intellectuals came out openly to support the party’s decision on the Presidential elections, a Rajya Sabha MP of NCP has taken the trouble to pen an article that self-righteously provides unsolicited advice to the SFI-JNU, parroting a couplet penned by a Congress Minister who claimed “zero loss” to the public exchequer in the 2G scam.
In contrast to the quintessential sarcastic commentary on the CPI(M)’s position on the Presidential elections by a prominent Left intellectual besides an assessment of former finance minister and UPA Presidential candidate by a Left economist, Tripathi’s defence of the official line of the CPI (M) actually gives the game away. It is the Congress and its allies like NCP which are happy with the CPI (M)’s position. Their happiness has no doubt enhanced manifolds after the Trinamool Congress announced its support for the UPA nominee too. Such developments no doubt serve the political interests of the NCP. Question is whether it serves the interests of the CPI (M) and the Left?
The CPI (M)’s stand has been widely perceived as unprincipled and opportunistic, even within its own ranks. It has divided the Left parties. It has failed to achieve its tactical objective of driving a wedge between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress. After justifying its stand on not abstaining in the elections because it would amount to tailing the Trinamool, the CPI (M) has landed up voting together with the Trinamool for a Congress candidate. It’s a win-win situation for the Congress; a lose-lose for the CPI (M).
SFI-JNU has done well in dissociating itself from the fiasco, which the CPI (M) leadership has invited for itself. SFI-JNU will receive support and solidarity from across the Left sections not only for its courage of conviction but also for its tactical wisdom and sagacity apart from ignoring the advice of the likes of D P Tripathi.