I thought this was an important speech by a left member of the Rajya Sabha in response to the prime minister's speech on the Anna Hazare led agitation and the government's response initially. Reproducing this directly.
The electoral defeat suffered by the Left Front, led by the CPI(M), in West Bengal indeed calls for serious introspection. However, its critics - across a broad spectrum of ideologues ranging from those on the extreme Left to the right wingers and neo-libs - seem all too eager to 'write-off' the Left as a political force. These hurried attempts at epitaph-writing, that has played out on our 24x7 television channels over the last week, are way too premature, Left leaders have pointed out.
Meanwhile, the 'review exercise' or introspection that the party will undertake seriously is unlikely to lead to the kind of "reformed Left" that its critics are rooting for, writes Brinda Karat, CPI(M) Politburo member and Rajya Sabha MP.
Politburo Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Brinda Karat remarks on the Union Budget and its iniquitous nature. The following is a transcript of her speech in the Rajya Sabha during the discussion of the Union Budget.
Gulf News interviews Brinda Karat, politburo member, CPI(M) and Rajya Sabha member.