The different positions adopted by the LEFT Parties on the issue of the Presidential election will not affect Left Unity, argues Comrade Prakash Karat.
Narendra Modi, the person responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots, is now sitting on a three day fast for communal harmony aimed at attracting the muslim vote, aiming the 2014 general elections. Such hypocrisy is the hallmark of fascists. We present here Badri Raina's thoughtful response to this episode. We also reproduce below, an open letter of the riot victims to Narendra Modi.
Look what trouble the BJP is in, just two weeks before voting begins for the 15th Lok Sabha.
Open letter from activist intellectuals urging the various allies who constitute the NDA coalition and who believe in Constitutional Governance to not only condemn outright, the communal hate-ridden speeches of Varun Gandhi while campaigning in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh but to ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not nominate him as a candidate fort the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
It is hugely ironical that the BJP (and thus also their candidate from Pilibhit parliamentary constituency, Varun Gandhi) should accuse the Election Commission of bias against the young lad due to the presence of Chief Election Commissioner designate, Naveen Chawla. But before we get to explaining that irony, here are a few facts.
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 political message is, thus, clear. The people see very little difference between the policies pursued by the BJP and the Congress in redressing the issues of their livelihood. It is clear that if a political alternative based on sound alternative policies is forged, then people’s acceptance can be mustered at the hustings. Such an alternative, obviously, cannot be a cut and paste arrangement on the eve of elections. This has to emerge through popular struggles on policy alternatives for India’s future and a better livelihood for its people."
A People's Democracy editorial which analyzes the outcome of recently held assembly elections in five states
Such is the influence of the ‘ communal –fascist rhetoric’ on the political conscious and unconscious in India that the possibility of the involvement of Hindutva-Fascist forces in Malegaon Blast wasn’t even discussed widely. Nevertheless, the emerging leads through the investigations of the Malegaon blasts case give another opportunity to the Left to forcefully combat the ‘Hindutva-Fascist forces’ in this 'war of position'.
Nachiket Kulkarni writes for Pragoti.
With the shock and trauma of the serial bombings in Delhi yet to wear off, we are distressed to see the manner in which elements of the saffron brigade are seeking to make political capital out of a national tragedy by pushing for a special law on terrorism. We are struck by the irony that the saffron brigade is concurrently orchestrating a mass campaign of bigotry and lawlessness that began in Orissa and has now spread to Karnataka and even threatens hitherto tolerant and peaceful Kerala.