I was wondering if this write up can be digested by a large section of our society to be effective. I only take few points made by Mr. Karat.
1) “In the last two decades, with the advent of liberalization and the neo-liberal policies, high level corruption has become institutionalized”….
Didn’t the LF government in Bengal was trying to take advantage of these neo-liberal policies? Tata nano, Salim, Prasun Mukherjee…and were they expecting that they will make an industrial Bengal without corruption? As popular opinion goes even with very little urbanisation (compared to Gujarat or Karnataka) that Bengal started seeing, promoter-corporate-politician nexus rapidly cropped up.
2) “Hence they are unable to see the organic link between the neo-liberal policies and the corruption that they have engendered. The middle class propensity to be anti-political, to blame all politicians and to hold Parliament in contempt are all on display in the Anna Hazare movement”
Dis-illusioned society isn’t it? What can be done? In the red bastion like West Bengal itself the days of Gana-natya, food movement, helping poor in their daily cliff-hanging lives faded out. Leaders cocooned themselves. People didn’t think they have any politician to confide. After all 34 years a long time to make a model society not necessarily rich and glamorous but full of human values. One can’t shun it by saying an Indian state within a neo-colonial federal structure cant do much. These words have been cliché.
3) “The constant harping against all political parties and the setting of unilateral deadlines for Parliament to act have raised apprehensions about their intent and commitment to democratic values”.
Again another mistake (as always made) in judging people sentiment. How long can the left parties afford to do this? Dismissing peoples sentiment as just ‘middle class propensity’ of being anti-political? I wonder if neo-liberal China with gigantic urbanisation is corruption free? If protests against corruption are patronised by the CPC? In India after all the left parties failed to mobilise people against corruption…..it has been done by one ‘Anna Hazare’. Better one should search the soul and also please note that I am not a Trinamul cadre.
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