India’s battle against terror is taking a bizarre turn. At the outset, it needs to be underlined that this is a battle that India must win. On the issue of strengthening internal security, there can be no compromises. At the same time, the unity and integrity of India is non-negotiable. This means, the celebration of our vast plurality and diversity in all its forms.
THE super profits being reaped by international finance capital was often portrayed as a balloon that could inflate to infinity. The periodic crises like the collapse of the South Asian "Tigers" in the 1990s or the collapse of US hedge fund Long Term Capital Management a decade ago and the insolvencies of major financial giants in these years of the 21st century were all treated as minor ruptures that could be repaired like punctures in a tyre. Given the unsustainable character of globalisation, the balloon had to burst and that it did.
This quest to understand the universe and, therefore, ourselves must proceed on the basis of a rational scientific temper. This man-nature dialectic must unfold by, say, restoring to Einstein his awe of creation, i.e., to create one unit of matter energy equivalent to the square of the speed of light is required (m=E/c2), rather than emphasise on destruction where tremendous amounts of energy is released with the destruction of matter (E=mc2). An insightful article by Sitaram Yechury. Courtesy: Hindustan Times
Sitaram Yechury writes on the crisis in Jammu & Kashmir over the allotment and withdrawal of land to the Amarnath Shrine board and how petty politics/ rumour mongering has endangered lives both in the valley and in the state. Article courtesy, The Hindustan Times. Cartoon, courtesy The Hindu newspaper.
Comrade Surjeet is no more.
A flood of memories overwhelm me as I start to write this. I met him first in 1973, 35 years ago. A full assessment of his life and work will surely be made in the coming days. Suffice it to say that he was one of the pioneers of the Communist movement in India, a kisan leader, relentlessly fought against all deviations to uphold the revolutionary content of Marxism-Leninism and a master tactician. He was always quicksilver, thought on his feet, leaving his political adversaries at least two moves behind.
Terror continues to stalk the nation. In five days, 55 bombs were planted (of which, mercifully, 25 did not explode) in the three cities of Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Surat, leaving at least 53 dead. Even for a country that has brazened such terrorist attacks in the past 60 years, this has come as a shock. The country lost a Mahatma to terrorist bullets, a Prime Minister to those unleashed by Sikh terrorists; and a former Prime Minister assassinated by a suicide bomber.
The push has come to shove. The political crisis that appeared imminent last fortnight could have been averted if the UPA government had refrained from pushing ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal, an issue that was not part of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) on the basis of which the Left parties extended outside support. Unfortunately, this was not to be. With the open declaration of a ‘go ahead’ by the Prime Minister, the Left had no other option but to enforce the decision taken nearly two years ago to withdraw support if the government goes ahead.
Sitaram Yechury cautions the UPA about breaking the premise on which the Common Minimum Programme is based; that of charting an independent foreign policy for the country. Any digression from this charted path would only result in the death of the government and the second coming of the communal forces into power. Article courtesy The Hindustan Times. Cartoon courtesy, The Hindu newspaper.
Neither has the BJP repudiated communalism, nor has the party acknowledged the definition of secularism in the country, Sitaram Yechury points out. The BJP/ RSS' understanding of secularism remains a potent danger to India's unity and diversity.
Since 1994, the BJP has consistently improved its voting percentage — from 17 per cent in 1994 to 20.69 pc in 1999 to 28.33 pc in 2004 to nearly 34 pc in 2008. CPI(M) PB Member and Rajya Sabha MP, Sitaram Yechury enlists a variety of factors on this consistent rise in its support base. Yechury also proposes ways to handle the petroleum prices problem without burdening the consumer. Article courtesy, The Hindustan Times.