(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 26, 2010
Dichotomy in Govt’s
Proclamations And Practice
session of the
AICC was held at Burari, in rural
of corruption and the loss of credibility of the prime minister and the
in tackling such scandals, the Congress leadership decided that offence
best form of defence. It accused the BJP of hypocrisy while talking
corruption and correctly pointed to the record of the NDA government
present Karnataka government. However, the political resolution has
CPI(M) too of actively indulging in corruption in the states where it
governments. The Congress party knows very well that not a single
the Left-led governments is facing a corruption charge. The speech of
Congress president sought to put the Congress on a high moral pedestal
as corruption is concerned by claiming to have taken prompt action in
chief ministers and ministers even before corruption charges were
against them. What is not admitted is that the chief minister of
There is no sign of realisation that the Congress party has become steeped in corruption due to the nexus of big business and government which has developed under its dispensation. The Congress leadership sees nothing wrong in having its ministers in government promoting the interests of big corporates and getting favours in return. The refusal of the UPA government to have a joint parliamentary committee enquiry into the 2G spectrum scandal stands out as an example of how the Congress refuses to come to terms with the rot that has set in the higher echelons of the government.
Both the political and economic resolutions adopted in the session seek to portray the party as pursuing social democratic policies. This is just a camouflage. The economic resolution talks of the rights of the people as the centerpiece of its policies of inclusive growth. The right to work, the right to education, the right to land, the right to food etc. But there is a curious dichotomy in the proclamation of these rights and the practice of the government. The economic resolution declares that “the right to land has been, by and large, assured to the tiller of the land”. This breathtaking pronouncement ignores the fact that land reforms have not been implemented in most states except in a limited fashion. All over the country the peasantry is being dispossessed of land thanks to the policy of helping the land grab by the corporates and mining companies. The right to food remains a distant dream for the millions who are hungry and malnutritioned. The primary responsibility for this is the central government’s policy of eroding and limiting the public distribution system. The resolution vainly tries to put the blame on the state governments.
The resolution talks of the key role for the public sector when the Manmohan Singh government is busy selling off shares of the most profitable public sector enterprises. It tries to mislead the people by assuring that having 51 per cent equity will ensure government control. The right to education is being curtailed by the new policies of the UPA government which seeks to promote an elite educational system catering to the better off and privileged sections through rampant commercialisation and privatisation.
the political resolution attacks the CPI(M) and the Left by making the
allegation that in
The political resolution resorts to a canard by accusing the Left parties of working in tandem with the BJP in opposing the Congress and the UPA. The CPI(M) and the Left are opposed to the economic and foreign policy positions of the Congress and the UPA government. In fact it is the Congress and the BJP that have a common approach of following neo-liberal economic policies and a pro-US foreign policy.
resolution reads like a report card of the external affairs ministry of
government. It seeks to mask the reality that
On the completion of 125 years of its foundation, the Congress party shows symptoms of decay which has set in due to the corrosive effects of becoming an instrument of the big bourgeoisie naked for power and privileges divorced from the problems and issues of the “aam admi”.
(December 22, 2010)