The Left Parties withdrew support from the Congress-led UPA Government on 9th July 2008. When the UPA Government had come into existence in 2004, the Left Parties had decided to provide outside support on the basis of its Common Minimum Programme. The aim was to fight the communal forces and undo the damage that they had caused to the secular polity of India during their years in office. This required a set of interlinked policies to bring relief to the people, to protect India’s integrity and to pursue an independent foreign policy. Yet rather than fulfilling the popular mandate, and addressing pressing concerns such as the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, the Manmohan Singh Government preferred to expend its energy on pushing through the Indo-US Nuclear Deal. Clearly it is more concerned about fulfilling its commitment to the Bush Administration than about meeting its commitment to the people of India.
We are in for challenging days ahead. The struggle has to be three-pronged-against subordination to the empire, against the effects of such policies which result in economic distress of the people like inflation and against communal attempts to divide our people. But as history has shown -- Left-- articulating those concerns--- can never be isolated.
The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a $162 billion emergency spending bill late in the day on Thursday, June 26 to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan well into 2009, without a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.
In a dramatic fortnight, the parliamentary arithmetic in India has been manipulated in a manner that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by prime minister Manmohan Singh is now able to muster enough support more or less to push through its pet project: the Indo-US nuclear deal. What has changed between now and a fortnight ago is merely one factor — the sudden volte face of the Samajwadi Party which boasts of 39 members of parliament on the issue of the nuclear deal. From having excoriated the government for having betrayed the nation's independent foreign policy on the nuclear deal, today, the SP has come out in support of the deal. What explains this shift?
The party that leads the United Progressive Alliance government is in a state of moral and political confusion. Demoralised by a string of Assembly election defeats, notably in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Karnataka, and besieged by economic and political troubles, the Congress has absolutely no idea where it is going. Perhaps feeling that it has nothing to lose during the murky period leading up to the 15th general election, which must be held no later than April-May 2009, it has resorted to political adventurism.
Courtesy: The Hindu
THE clamping down of internal emergency on June 26, 1975 and its operation over the next 19 months represents one of the darkest periods in the political history of India. For all practical purposes, the Indian Constitution was kept in suspense, parliamentary democracy was trodden brutally underfoot, and an authoritarian rule proclaimed. Three decades onward to that malevolent episode, the importance of carrying forward the struggle to safeguard democracy has to be realised in the proper perspective of what had happened thirty years ago.
This article was written by Anil Biswas in People's Democracy on June 26, 2005.
An article on the controversy over the new textbook for 7th Std. Students of Kerala. Original article in Malayalam - ‘Manushyathwam Vilayunna Padhangal’ - by T. K. Narayanadas Published in ‘Deshabhimani’ Daily on Friday, 20 June 2008.
Srinivasan Ramani observes that on the issue of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the ruling coalition seems stuck in a cleft between honouring ego- after all, the government had considered the nuclear deal to be a grand achievement and a prestige issue- and remaining pragmatic. Cartoon, courtesy, The Hindu newspaper
Barack Obama waited just three days after Hillary Clinton pulled out of the race to declare, on CNBC, "Look. I am a pro-growth, free-market guy. I love the market."
THE Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) has adopted a stance which is harmful for Left unity nationally and for the strengthening of the Left Front in West Bengal.