IT is now ten years since September 12, 1998 when five fighters against terrorism, three Cubans and two US citizens of Cuban descent were arrested on the remarkable charge of being “illegal officers” of Cuba’s Directorate of Intelligence, about whose real status the US authorities were vague. They were young, talented and well-educated human beings whose lives are being destroyed by a savage regime.
India has now gone through some seventeen years of a neo-liberal prescription. Its results are there for us to see. It is evident that a handful became richer at the cost of impoverishing the rest.
It is the tendency of retreating from every humanitarian concern that is evident from the braying of the votaries of neo-liberalism for “less government”, “fiscal responsibility”, “pseudo-secularism” and “jobs on merit” for the already privileged that should make us doubly conscious that in the conditions of India, the ideology of the ‘Devil take the Hindmost’ takes on a particularly dangerous character.