There are writers and then there is Ashok Mitra. The former finance minister of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front government and one among the five to be sworn along with chief minister Jyoti Basu on June 21st, 1977 has these words to say in his homage to his erstwhile senior colleague-
With our beloved JB breathing his last it is definitely the end of an era. It is even difficult to imagine someone being a person to reckon with politically after having spent almost seven decades in active politics from the freedom struggle till his last days. Condolences and respects are flowing in from all political quarters. Come Tuesday and the people of Bengal will march with their own Jyoti Babu for the last time. How should we as communists react to this historic moment in time?
Maidul Islam, PhD Scholar at Oxford University, pays his respects and homage to Jyoti Basu.
Jyoti Basu was nearly 96 when he breathed his last yesterday. For someone who was born in 1979 such as myself, it is difficult to say or write anything about this legendary communist who ruled as the uninterrupted chief minister of the longest running elected government, provincial or otherwise in the world, for 23 years (1977-2000) before calling it a day. Jyoti Basu's reign coincided with a time before I reached my "political maturation", so to speak, but there are vignettes that I remember about this leader which are enough to provide a rough image of his legend for me.
One of the stalwart communist leaders of India and the head of the longest elected communist government anywhere in the world - Comrade Jyoti Basu breathed his last at the ripe age of 96 at Kolkata today.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), whose first politburo (PB), constituted in 1964 included Comrade Jyoti Basu - in fact he was last surviving member of that PB - pays its homage to its leader in this statement.
In the general elections 2009, BJP had a distinct advantage in Jharkhand. The party won 8 out of total 14 Lok Sabha seats and planned to win a clear majority in the state assembly elections. The assembly results, however, came out to be a rude and shocking retreat for the BJP that too when circumstances absolutely favoured it. And for insiders, this turnaround is neither unexpected nor undesired.
Poverty is a multi-dimensional concept. Official statistics in India have always referred, arguably narrowly, to only income poverty (using the proxy measure of consumption expenditure from the NSSO surveys).The Suresh Tendulkar Committee report submitted to the Planning Commission is the latest input to the “Great Indian Poverty Debate”. While the increase in the number of poor households, as suggested by the Tendulkar Committee, may indeed help expand the coverage of welfare schemes, it would still fall short of including all the needy sections from the ambit of such schemes. One would welcome the newly suggested methodology for arriving at a strictly technical measure of poverty. However, it is important to insist that the new estimates are not mechanically linked to the issue of eligibility to access major welfare schemes. R.Ramakumar writes.
In a shameful move, the pussyfooted, US-business-and-power-worshipping Congress led government of India has laid the stones for yet another grave injustice a la Bhopal; this time in a potential future Chernobyl or a Three Mile Island like nuclear disaster possible in sites featuring imported reactors from the United States.
Capitalism’ Thy name is Fraud’
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