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All Karat, no stick policy seldom ever works

Prakash Karat

Prakash Karat

The inevitable has happened. Prakash Karat and his red army have stormed out of the ruling coalition. This is just fantastic; now they can disappear into the bottomless pit of obsurity from whence they came. For three years, the Communist Party of India (CPI), with 50-something votes, has held India hostage. Since independence, CPI’s dictum has held sway in only two states – Kerala and West Bengal. However, since the formation of the UPA, the whole nation has had an opportunity to experience the obnoxiousness of this party. My general opinion is that when alliances are formed with no commonality in ideology apart from an antipathy towards a third party, that alliance is tenuous and bound to fail. The CPI in India today exists not to expound the principles of communism or Marxism, but to oppose capitalism and any alliance with the United States. Similarly, when the Congress threw its lot in with the CPI for no reason but their mutual dislike of so-called communalist parties, that alliance was bound to fail. And fail it did. Karat submitted his decision to withdraw from the ruling coalition today, and asked President Pratiba Patil to ask the Congress to prove it’s majority in the Parliament.

Even in a country where political two-facedness is de rigour, the barefaced hypocricy of the CPI is astounding. Representing India, Karat traveled to our northern neighbor to pucker to the Red bottom. Then he suggested that a partnership between India and the US was designed to “encircle China“. I’m tempted to ask why he’s so concered about the security of the country that invaded India in 1962. So what if this hypothetical Indo-US nexus were true?. If he were half as concerned about India’s energy security as he apparently is about China’s strategic security, India may have already been brought back into the nuclear mainstream of the world. One only has to look at the state of affairs in West Bengal and Kerala to gauge the leadership capabilities of the Left. West Bengal has suffered from decades of economic stagnation and widespread poverty, while Kerala earns most of its revenue from foreign remittances from the Middle East.

The Left’s farcical drama continued, with Mayawati, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, a CPI ally, claiming recently that the Indo-US nuke deal was “anti-Muslim”. That Mayawati has actually read the “123 Agreement” between India and the US is slightly less believable than the implication that she is capable of reading anything at all. Clearly, if she had read the agreement, she would have known that the proposal was to transfer civilian nuclear technology to India to help the country meet it’s overwhelming energy demands. How that translated into being anti-Muslim, only Mayawati will be able to explain.

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Pink City goes Red

Chaos and destruction in Jaipur

Hate to say this, but I knew this was coming. Over 60 dead, 150+ injured. This is an unfortunate price that India pays for being in the neighborhood that it is in. There are gasses in the Sun that are more stable than the political environment in South Asia. Every time there’s a change-of-guard in Pakistan, India bears the brunt of some attack or the other. Now, there’s every possibility of course that this could have been the work of home-grown millitants. Certainly, the Indian government apparatus made itself no friends with it’s wanton turn-a-blind-eye approach to Gujarat. But if there isn’t any correlation between political disturbances in Pakistan and civilian attacks in India, then it’s one heck of a coincidence.I saw this coming. The print media in Pakistan, which comprises largely of mouth-pieces of the government, tends to unintentionally betray the the establishment’s thought processes. There has been a steady increase in the number of “Kashmir independence” related articles and general anti-India propaganda on Pakistani news websites – certainly the largest battery of news articles and op-eds on the subject since the 2005 peace agreement. Of course, there have always been the usual venom spewing op-eds from Shireen Mazari, but that’s just Shireen being the fire breathing old dragon that she is, and I’m not one to take her petulant diatribes seriously.

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