Manmohan Singh and his party have not only thrown caution to the wind as they embark upon the 'my way is the "George Bush is the friend" way or no way', but have given the short shrift to any or whatever ethical norms of executive functioning that characterises the parliamentary system. As one gets to see a handful of self-seekers siding with the government after having been bought off, in a trust vote, one loses any trust that is left of the parliamentary system. Someone said that the democratic polity in India represented the general will of the people. It turns out that what is left is only the general 'wile'.
INTERVIEW WITH Prakash Karat, courtesy INN.
'Left Will Vote Against Govt'
The Left parties will vote against the Manmohan Singh government in the vote of confidence because of its betrayal of national interests, asserted CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. The Left will continue working to ensure that the India-US nuclear deal does not get operationalised during the tenure of this government. Charging the Congress of failing to check communal forces, he said the CPI(M) and Left parties will continue to combat the Hindutva and communal forces.
The Left parties have issued the following statement:
On Withdrawal of Support to the UPA Government
The Left Parties have withdrawn support to the UPA Government. The UPA Government came into existence in 2004 with the support of the Left parties on the basis of its Common Minimum Programme. The aim was to fight the communal forces and undo the damage they had done to the secular polity of India in their years in office. This required a set of interlinked policies to bring relief to the people, to protect India's integrity and to pursue an independent foreign policy. By going ahead with the deal at a time when there is the crushing burden of price-rise and galloping inflation, the Manmohan Singh Government has clearly shown that it is more concerned about fulfilling its commitment to the Bush administration rather than meeting its commitment to the people of India.
In a decision that is set to rock the foundation of the UPA government, the Left parties which had supported the government for the past 4 years have decided to withdraw the same over the issue of operationalisation of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal. Pragoti carries the latest statement by the left parties which have come about as the same time as the withdrawal of support: “IAEA Text — Why Keep it Secret?”. A letter to Pranab Mukherjee is also carried in this report. Courtesy: “News from the CPI(M)” Mailer.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses deep grief at the passing away of Comrade P Ramachandran, veteran leader of the Party and former member of the Polit Bureau. He died in a hospital in Chennai in the early hours of July 8, 2008.
Sitaram Yechury cautions the UPA about breaking the premise on which the Common Minimum Programme is based; that of charting an independent foreign policy for the country. Any digression from this charted path would only result in the death of the government and the second coming of the communal forces into power. Article courtesy The Hindustan Times. Cartoon courtesy, The Hindu newspaper.
PRAKASH KARAT, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), in an exclusive interview to Frontline, minced no words in stating that the Congress leadership had gone back on its word and the understanding that was evolved in November last year when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government went for discussions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretariat. Interview courtesy, The Frontline magazine.
THE clamping down of internal emergency on June 26, 1975 and its operation over the next 19 months represents one of the darkest periods in the political history of India. For all practical purposes, the Indian Constitution was kept in suspense, parliamentary democracy was trodden brutally underfoot, and an authoritarian rule proclaimed. Three decades onward to that malevolent episode, the importance of carrying forward the struggle to safeguard democracy has to be realised in the proper perspective of what had happened thirty years ago.
This article was written by Anil Biswas in People's Democracy on June 26, 2005.
A new allegation is now being bandied in the pro-American press about the intentions behind the opposition to the nuclear deal. Prakash Karat makes a statement about remarks by a CPI(M) PB member on the nuclear deal. A short comment on the issue.
Sakyajit Bhattacharya reviews the debates and discussions about the role of the government and a communist party after the setback in the Panchayat elections, not as an isolated subject in the post 2000 period, but as a continuum from the 1964 policy formulation of the CPI (M).