(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Outcome of Obama
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
has issued the following statement on November
of the visit
of president Obama of the United States
is to further strengthen the strategic alliance with the United States.
joint statement issued after the visit indicates that the main agenda
to prise open the Indian market for the business and commercial
the United States
efforts to draw India
into a closer security and military relationship.
In the backdrop of the
and high unemployment afflicting its economy, the US is
desperately trying to reduce
imports and increase its exports worldwide. The framework for economic
cooperation contained in the joint statement reflects this agenda.
In the name of promoting
security and raising agricultural productivity, what is being pushed is
agenda of opening up Indian agriculture and retail trade for the
of American MNCs like Wal-Mart and Monsanto. This will be detrimental
interests of the crores of small and marginal farmers and unorganised
passage of the seed bill, which promotes the interests of the
seed companies and compromises the seed rights of Indian farmers, is
the Indian government’s agenda. The way is being paved for the opening
up of India’s
and higher education sector for American companies. All this is being
pursued at the behest of the US-India CEO Forum.
of the UPA
government is also evident. Instead of emphasising that India’s priority is for lifting the
vast mass of
people out of poverty, hunger and disease and in that context framing India’s relations with the United States, the Congress-led
catered to the US
and strategic interests, by accepting the self-congratulatory approach
Obama recognises India
as a world power.
means is spelt
out in the joint statement – a close defence and security
will involve also buying US weaponry on a large scale; falling in step
United States’ deceptive and self-serving talk of human rights,
on nuclear non-proliferation. All these are a continuation and
reiteration of the Manmohan Singh-Bush joint statement of 2005 and
2006. India agrees
to comply with the sanctions on Iran
but will keep silent on Israel and its
nuclear arsenal. India
told to behave “responsibly” with regard to exporting democracy and
rights interventions by the United States. Given this
there can be no mention of the human rights of the Palestinians in Gaza, or the illegal embargo on Cuba,
or the slaughter of Iraqi
civilians under the military occupation for the past seven years.
India can become a
member of the Security Council when the United Nations structure is
on the basis of its independent role and influence in world affairs.
Endorsement by the United
States should not amount to toeing its
strategic interests. The joint statement implies that India’s two year term in the Council
will be a
probationary period as far as the United States is concerned.
commitment to buy
weapons from the United
States comes after the End Use
signed in 2009. India
will not benefit from such arms purchases. By the agreement we cannot
the weapons systems nor produce spare parts and will have to allow
government has to
explain whether the lifting of restrictions on access to dual use
for certain Indian entities comes alongwith new conditions such as the
of arms and steps for tying closer the armed forces of the two
through agreements on the anvil.
The “Afpak” policy of the US which has been endorsed in the joint
statement will not resolve the problem in Afghanistan. That requires
multilateral approach. While talk of cooperation in fighting terrorism
there, the Indian side has obviously not insisted on bringing Headley
The reference to the WTO’s
Doha round conceals the incompatible
agenda of the United
which wants to open up the markets of the developing countries while
to massively subsidise its own agriculture.
signing and ratifying the Convention on Supplementary Compensation.
with regard to the issue of civil nuclear liability. The Indian
enacted a law in which foreign suppliers can be made liable for damages
case of a nuclear accident. The UPA government’s decision to join the
Convention on Supplementary Compensation cannot circumvent the national
On the global
negotiations, the US
clearly has nothing to offer and the joint statement is
therefore unsurprisingly confined to general remarks and
platitudes. The reference to the Copenhagen Accord is
when the entire world is aware that president Obama is in no
guarantee even the minimal voluntary commitment that the US has
under the Accord.
unfortunate that the
Mahmohan Singh government has not even raised the issue of justice for
victims of the Bhopal Gas leak which is an important matter in India-US
fulsome praise for the one-sided and unequal relations with the United States in the corporate media,
interests of the people of India
are not served by such a relationship. What is required is an Indo-US
relationship which is based on equality and mutual interest.