(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 21, 2013
AS we go to press, bomb blasts in Bengaluru city are being reported in the media. Repeatedly in the past through these columns we have been maintaining that terrorism of all hues and varieties is unacceptable. Terrorism is simply ant-national and there has to be zero tolerance displayed towards it --- by both the state and the society.
Unfortunately, however, soon after every such incident hasty conclusions are drawn as to who is responsible. This tends to detract from identification of the real culprits and is, more often than not, sought to be used to advance petty political considerations. The country had several such unfortunate experiences in the past. The bomb blasts at Ajmer Sharif, Hyderabad Mecca Masjid, Malegaon etc have now been proved to be the handiwork of certain Hindutva outfits and not of the originally suspected Muslim fundamentalist organisations. In any case a proper investigation needs to be done with urgency to identify the perpetrators of the Bengaluru blasts and punish the guilty.
These blasts have occurred after the announcement of the state assembly elections due on May 5. There is a tendency to use such incidents for sharpening the communal polarisation for electoral benefits, but this must not be allowed.
the strong persuasion of sections in the BJP to project the
recent exposure of evidence that the
these circumstances, by any standards of morality, the
Not only this, in the light of this new revelation, the protest petition filed by Mrs Zakia Jafri, wife of the former MP, Ehsan Jafri, who was brutally killed during the riots, seeking the rejection of the SIT final report and chargesheeting of 59 accused beginning with Mr Modi, must be considered in right earnest (see p 3 for details). The judiciary should ensure that the process of delivery of justice in our democracy is neither tampered with nor delayed, which as the old saying goes is tantamount to denial of justice.
by all this, the Gujarat chief minister is mounting a
feverish pitch for being
RSS/BJP is, however, seeing a new support base in corporate
little signs of reversal of our current domestic economic
slowdown and with the
global economy continuing to falter, the yearning of India
Inc for profit
maximisation needs a ‘messiah’ of this very kind. There is
evidence to show how the global big business, particularly
however, must be noted that the situation obtaining in our
country today is not
similar to the period leading to the emergence of fascism in
Dimitrov could well be talking about the RSS/BJP’s current campaign. The latter openly advocates furthering the agenda of neo-liberal economic reforms and, in the bargain, get the approval of international finance capital. Notwithstanding its opposition to some reforms like FDI in retail trade (which it sought to allow when it led the NDA government earlier), it is already advocating an enlargement of the areas for the entry of FDI. Thus it acts in the interests of international finance capital. Its relentless campaigns on the core agenda of Hindutva continues to sharpen the communal polarisation in the name of correcting “outraged national (read Hindu) sentiments.” A chilling convergence with fascist methodology!
an effort to undermine the secular democratic foundations of
the modern Indian
republic must not be allowed to succeed in the interests of
our country and the
people. While working to defeat such an agenda, the Indian
people need also to
strengthen the struggles against the neo-liberal economic
continue to impose unprecedented burdens on the livelihood
status of the vast
majority of our people. Clearly, what the country needs
today is an alternative
policy trajectory and that alternative policy trajectory was
highlighted by the
recently concluded Sangharsh Sandesh jatha of the CPI(M).
Struggles on these
lines must be strengthened in order to create a better
(April 17, 2013)