The four left parties in Assam jointly organized road blockades, rail-rokos, demonstrations etc. throughout the state yesterday June 11, in protest against the hike in prices of petrol,
diesel and LPG cylinders.
West Bengal has been the focus of national discussion because of the various implications of its proposed industrialisation policy. In the Macroscan segment of Business Line newspaper, C. P. CHANDRASEKHAR and JAYATI GHOSH consider the background to this policy by analysing the most recent available evidence on growth trends in the State. Courtesy extended to Business Line newspaper.
"The CEC seems driven by good intentions. But the way to hell is often paved with good intentions", Prakash Karat says in an article pointing out to differential treatment on political campaigning by the Chief election commissioner, N.Gopalaswami.
Saibal Bishnu and Chirashree Das Gupta write a critical piece on the lessons to be learnt from the setbacks for the Left Front in the recently concluded Panchayat Elections.
Agitation by CPI(M) in Maharashtra to regularise PDS functioning ends with assurances by the chief minister to address the concerns right away. Report from Viji Pinarayi and Pragoti Team
The recent fuel price hike by the government has drawn flak from the left parties, who have asked for a powerful stir against the decision, with a call for a general strike on this issue that hits the masses.
Prashant Jha, Freelance reporter based in Kathmandu, interviews Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in New Delhi. To a question, Karat says: " We know we cannot change policy; we can only slow the pace of implementation. Many here accuse us of creating ‘roadblocks’. Yes, we have put on breaks, and happily so. If not for us, there would have been more liberalisation of the financial sector, opening up of retail; foreign investment would have come into agriculture, and pension funds would have been privatised. We have been able check harmful policies when the government needed legislative backing. Where they could move ahead with only cabinet approval, they have taken decisions." Courtesy, Himal magazine.
The CPI(M) General-Secretary Prakash Karat refutes the allegation, made by many of the politically illiterate folks dominating the bourgeois media today and repeated during the Indo-US nuclear deal negotiations, that Indian Marxists are more loyal to China than India. Article courtesy, "Covert Magazine".Photo, courtesy, the Hindu Newspaper.