An analysis of Jangipur by-election results and emerging political trends in West Bengal.
The different positions adopted by the LEFT Parties on the issue of the Presidential election will not affect Left Unity, argues Comrade Prakash Karat.
The hunger strike launched by Anna Hazare in Delhi has led to an outpouring of support from all over the country. The agitation for a Jan Lokpal Bill has found support predominantly from the urban middle classes and a substantial section of youth belonging to this strata. There is no doubt that since the first hunger strike launched by Anna Hazare in April, the anti-corruption movement has gained momentum.
A rudder-less United Progressive Alliance has convinced no one that it is acquiring some kind of anchor by shuffling its crew on a burning deck. Unless it sheds off the special interests - unlikely- that seem to drive its policy plaforms and implementation, it is doomed to be regarded as a poorly governing grouping by a completely disenchanted population.
In the wake of the latest wikileaks' cables release in The Hindu, Manmohan Singh has no more moral right to continue as the country's prime minister and so do the rest of the pack of thieves masquerading as cabinet ministers and political leaders in the Congress and the UPA.
Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), writes on the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill in light of the gross injustice that continues to pervade the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its aftermath. Also attached is letter by former foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon to William Burns, undersecretary of state, US Department of State in September 2008, which unequivocally states the Indian government's willingness to enforce a liability regime of the US' liking before commencement of nuclear ties. Image, courtesy AP
Would the skeletons tumbling out of the Indian Premium League (IPL) cupboard over the past few days, shaking the conscience of the cricket loving public, lead to a clean up of the cricket establishment which is reeking of malfeasance and licentiousness? Or is it going to be a flash in the pan – merely another chapter in India’s voluminous record book of sleaze and graft involving the rich, powerful and famous? It depends. Cover-up after cover-up has forced many to cynically accept such sordid affairs as our way of life. Will it be any different this time?
A blog post on the belied expectations on Women's Day today.
I wrote two articles, one for the Students' Struggle and another, an editorial for my employer on the happenings vis-a-vis coalitions before the elections. The argument being made is that the Congress' very DNA precludes a cohesive UPA before the elections, while the BJP's allies' realisation of the negative returns of association with aggressive Hindutva party as also the grave economic situation that the country is faced with today, has seen them adopt new strategies - one of which is to align with the Third Front.
The trust vote is over. But the manner of securing confidence in the government has undermined the trust of the people – the government has lost its moral authority. But apart from the question of ethics, there are several important issues of governance which have come to the fore. The proceedings in the Lok Sabha has not only affected the position of the government but the principal opposition and its coalition also appears completely shaken and in a state of disarray. A fresh round of realignment of political forces are also very much on the cards.