Former convenor of the CPI(M) research cell, Prasenjit Bose had resigned from his party on the issue of support to the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee for the post of president. He has issued an appeal to the CPI(M) politbureau reacting to the Trinamul Congress' extension of support to Mukherjee's candidature that was announced recently. The statement is carried below.
Prasenjit Bose writes a rejoinder to the CPI(M)'s official position on the Presidential Elections.
Editors: This article has been published in the context of the ongoing debate on the Presidential elections. This is not necessarily endorsed by the Pragoti Editorial Team.
Vis-a-vis the Presidential elections, is it the case that the CPI(M) is using the divisions within the bourgeoisie for short term benefits to its politics or is it the other way around - Is the representative of the bourgeois-landlord class using the bellwether of the Left for its own purposes and interests?
The candidature of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee of the Congress for the post of President has split the Left Front with two parties - the CPI and RSP deciding to abstain in the Presidential vote, while the CPI(M) and the Forward Bloc decided to support him. Protesting the decision, the former Convenor of the Research Unit of the CPI(M) and long time Pragoti contributor, Prasenjit Bose has sent his resignation letter to his Party. The letter is published below.
Rather than considering a progressive alternative to the two presidential candidates, incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, the major minority parties and their representatives have thrown their lot with either of the two candidates for short sighted reasons in upcoming presidential elections.
My post on the same in the Newsclick website.
A debate has raged among the sections of the left in the US. Marginalised but vocal, small but intellectual; the American Left has tried to focus on the correct approach toward gaining political space during a time when America is in the midst of a financial and housing crisis. In the midst of it, there is also the matter of the US presidential elections. It is clear that the voice of the left is represented by Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney and Independent candidate, Ralph Nader. Shunned by the mainstream media, starved of electoral campaigning resources and kept away from the political discourse in a plutocracy of sorts, the Left candidates are in a losing battle for relevance. Some leftist intellectuals have therefore adopted an approach that calls for defeating the hard right and looking toward a Barack Obama victory, opening as it would newer avenues for the Left in the political discourse (as they call it), while others call this approach still-born, finding it difficult to endorse Obama as his positions offer no substantial change from McCain's.
Intellectuals Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn call for tactical voting for Obama in Real News videos; James Petras however takes a vote-Nader/McKinney line; and others weigh in their opinions through articles in Counterpunch, the Guardian etc. All of these are posted here and courtesies due to the publishers.
A total tyro, an ultra social-conservative, an anti-intellectual, and an utter nightmare -- is what Sarah Palin has been termed by Real News analyst Pepe Escobar in this short video analysing her first media interview after clinching the vice-presidential nomination for the Republicans in the US Presidential elections (as running mate to John McCain). Video courtesy: the Real News Network.
A set of Real News Network videos on AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the American presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain. AIPAC is a powerful Israeli lobby that articulates interests of both the Zionists' as well as Israeli interests in US public policy and politics. Both Barack Obama and John McCain have courted support from this lobby by articulating slightly different but hawkish foreign policies on Iran and west Asia (including the long enduring Palestinian issue). Shamefully Barack Obama has shown a virulent shift to the Right by abjuring his own articulations on Palestine in the past (on the plight of the Palestinian people) and taking up hawkish/ militarist and interventionist positions supporting Israel. Real News Analyst, renowned political theorist and commentator, Aijaz Ahmad analyses the opinions of the presidential candidates from the two mainstream parties in the country.