People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 05, 2006
Marching in Kolkata against Killer Bush
of rallies and marches were held in al the districts of Bengal over 27 February
-2 March under the aegis of the Bengal Left Front condemning the US imperialist
designs and strongly reproving the US president George W Bush. Bengal roared out in one voice: ‘Bush, go back!’
effigies of Bush were put to the stake amidst cheering.
Posters, banners, placards, and graffiti told the US president that he
was not welcome in India. Mock-ups
of US missiles and guns were burnt down.
rallies were also held at the call of the left TUs, and the Left students’ and
youth organisations statewide.
horrendous deeds of the US imperialists in Iraq and elsewhere were highlighted
in impromptu exhibitions of photographs. People
from every section of the society came forward to participate in the
anti-imperialist programmes keeping in tact the glorious anti-imperialist
tradition of Bengal.
area opposite the US information centre in downtown Kolkata turned into a sea of
humanity as people poured in the city and from adjoining districts from early in
the afternoon of 2 March to make a big success of the rally organised there by
the Bengal Left Front to condemn Bush and to reject US imperial designs.
his address, Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Basu identified Bush as the hated
symbol of imperialism, and spoke about the unprecedented campaign of terror and
hate that Bush and his brigade have started to direct against the world,
especially against resource-rich and strategically located Third World
Basu was sharply critical of the deviation in India’s foreign policy from the
decade of the 1990’s and pointed out that the UPA government was stepping into
the shoes of the reactionary and pro-US NDA government that had preceded it for
all practical purposes.
Basu spoke about the effects of US domination on the country’s sovereignty and
on the nation’s economy. Biman
Basu condemned the UPA government for letting the independent foreign policy
stance of the country be eroded, and for towing the US line against Iran over
the nuclear imbroglio.
Biswas, secretary of the Bengal unit of the CPI (M) dwelled on the central theme
that the US designs in Asia had deeper implications than those that were
argued strongly and with hard data to back his argumentation that US targeted
China and wanted to go in for the Cold War strategy of ‘encirclement’ and
‘roll back’ against China. The
US was always hopeful of enlisting the support of India and that is why, the US
president was going all out to woo the Indian prime minister.
Biswas said that the strategic partnership that both Singh and Bush had started
to talk about had the hidden agenda of using India as the launching pad for the
move against China.
Left, asserted Anil Biswas, were all for the peaceful development of nuclear
energy but would always strongly oppose US pressure on India on the nuclear
present US pressure on India to open this score virtually put India at par with
Iran, which, too, was being made to suffer mounting pressure to ‘open out’
its nuclear installations for the inspection of US-tutored inspectors of the
vocal against the UPA government’s stance vis-à-vis the US administration,
Anil Biswas underscored the fact that there was a concerted attempt by certain
stakes within the Congress and the UPA to isolate the anti-imperialist elements.
Biswas called the removal from the ministry of external affairs of Natwar
Singh as unfortunate.
statewide protest against US imperialism, asserted Anil Biswas, was also a
protest against the pro-US stance being increasingly resorted to by the
Congress-led UPA union government. Biswas
was critical of using terrorist methods to protest against and condemn US
imperialism, as exemplified by the Karachi blasts.
Biswas said that imperialism and terrorism were but both sides of the same coin.
And they fed off each other, gaining strength all the while.
Anil Biswas said in conclusion that the anti-imperialist struggle all
over the world would gain strength in the days to come and that the people of
Bengal and India would a part of that democratic struggle.
others who addressed the rally were: Manjukumar Majumdar (CPI), Kshiti Goswami
(RS), Naren Chatterjee (FB), Moni Pal (WBSP), Mihir Byne (RCPI), Biren
Chakraborty (FB-Marxist), Ratanlal Agarwal (DSP), and Umesh Chaudhuri (Biplabi
Bangla Congress ).