Coalition politics is both necessary and inevitable in India at the current juncture not only because of this diversity, but because of the very obvious failures and apparent of the two major parties. These parties have essentially chosen to follow neoliberal economic policies that have dramatically increased economic inequalities, caused widespread agrarian distress, and made material lives more fragile and insecure for most workers.The emergence of a viable third alternative in Indian politics is therefore a matter of historical inevitability. Economist and professor Jayati Ghosh writes exclusively for Pragoti on the need for the "third alternative".
A blogpost on Somnath Chatterjee's comments on the left's positions vis-a-vis the UPA and apropos the nuclear deal.
Dr. Manmohan Singh remained a great lover of president Bush. But all Bush lovers were dumped into the dustbin by the people in Spain, Britain, Japan, Australia and several other countries; and Bush himself in America. Can the “sponsored opinion-exit polls” bail out Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Congress Party? Will dishing out untruth through media to influence voters become ‘satyameva jayate’?
Left parties’ alliances with various regional parties in different states in the run up to the 15th Lok Sabha and BSP’s indications to enter into post poll co-operation with the total sum of these alliances once again triggered the debate about necessity and viability of the national political alliance of parties that are not part of either Congress-led or BJP-led coalitions.
Questioning the call of poll boycott and attacks on voters by Indian Maoists
The Dalits and tribals constitute nearly 25% of the Indian population and almost 29% of the state’s composition. The indifferent attitude of the big Bourgeois parties towards both the dalits and tribals needs not much elaboration. Since both the parties represents the interests of the big capital and landlords in the country the SCs and the STs remain a distressed lot.
"The forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections will be a significant political struggle for the Left. Our stand in these elections will be based on our politics of careful introspection and praxis and will revolve around the numerous issues relevant to our state and country", says Nirupam Sen in a speech on the 15th Parliament Election and the role of the Left Parties.
The global financial and economic crisis has already taken a heavy toll on the Indian economy in the form of a balance of payments crisis. Writes Jayati Ghosh in Frontline
"A lot of controversy has arisen regarding Mr.Shashi Tharoor’s article titled “India's Israel envy”, which was also published under the title “India longs to follow Israeli path of reprisal”, a title that Mr.Tharoor himself has had no reservations about" Writes N D Jayaprakash