Tuesday, November 9, 2010

[Marxistindia] On the outcome of the Obama visit

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November 09, 2010

Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

On The Outcome of the Obama Visit

The outcome of the visit of President Obama of the United States is to further strengthen the strategic alliance with the United States. The Joint Statement issued after the visit indicates that the main agenda was to prise open the Indian market for the business and commercial interests of the United States and its efforts to draw India into a closer security and military relationship.

In the backdrop of the deep recession 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 food security and raising agricultural productivity, what is being pushed is the agenda of opening up Indian agriculture and retail trade for the profiteering of American MNCs like Wal-Mart and Monsanto. This will be detrimental to the interests of the crores of small and marginal farmers and unorganised retailers in India. The passage of the Seed Bill, which promotes the interests of the multinational seed companies and compromises the seed rights of Indian farmers, is high on the Indian government's agenda. The way is being paved for the opening up of India's financial and higher education sector for American companies. All this is being pursued at the behest of the U.S.-India CEO Forum.

The approach of the UPA government is also evident. Instead of emphasizing 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 government has catered to the US business and strategic interests, by accepting the self-congratulatory approach that Obama recognizes India as a world power.

What this means is spelt out in the joint statement -- a close defence and security relationship which will involve also buying US weaponary on a large scale; falling in step with the United States' deceptive and self-serving talk of human rights, democracy and 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 is told to behave "responsibly" with regard to exporting democracy and human rights interventions by the United States. Given this one-sided interpretation, 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 permanent member of the Security Council when the United Nations structure is democratized 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.

The commitment to buy weapons from the United States comes after the End Use Agreement was signed in 2009. India will not benefit from such arms purchases. By the agreement we cannot modify the weapons systems nor produce spare parts and will have to allow annual inspections.

The UPA government has to explain whether the lifting of restrictions on access to dual use technology for certain Indian entities comes alongwith new conditions such as the purchase of arms and steps for tying closer the armed forces of the two countries 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 a multilateral approach. While talk of cooperation in fighting terrorism is there, the Indian side has obviously not insisted on bringing Headley to book.

The reference to the WTO's Doha round conceals the incompatible agenda of the United States which wants to open up the markets of the developing countries while continuing to massively subsidise its own agriculture.

The Joint statement refers to India signing and ratifying the Convention on Supplementary Compensation. This is with regard to the issue of civil nuclear liability. The Indian parliament has enacted a law in which foreign suppliers can be made liable for damages in the case of a nuclear accident. The UPA government's decision to join the Convention on Supplementary Compensation cannot circumvent the national law.

On the global climate 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 misleading, when the entire world is aware that President Obama is no position to guarantee even the minimal voluntary commitment that the US has made under the Accord.

It is unfortunate that the Mahmohan Singh government has not even raised the issue of justice for the victims of the Bhopal Gas leak which is an important matter in India-US relations.

Notwithstanding the fulsome praise for the one-sided and unequal relations with the United States in the corporate media, the real interests of the people of India are not served by such a relationship. What is required is a Indo-US relationship which is based on equality and mutual interest.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

[Marxistindia] Obama visit -- countrywide protests on November 8

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October 29, 2010

Press Statement

The Left parties - the CPI(M), CPI, AIFB and RSP -- have issued the following statement:

The President of the United States, Barack Obama is visiting India. Being the first Afro-American President and coming after the neo-conservative Bush regime, there were expectations of positive changes. These, however, have not materialized.

On this occasion, the Left parties have decided to organise a countrywide day of protest on November 8, 2010. The United States, as part of its global hegemonic designs, is pursuing policies which are inimical to the national sovereignty and the people's interests of many countries. As far as India is concerned, the United States is aggressively pressurising the government to adopt economic policies which are detrimental to the people in the name of a strategic alliance.

Contrary to the official view of the ruling establishment regarding the role being played by the United States, both globally and vis a vis India, the Left parties would like to convey the views of the vast mass of the people of India.

The Left parties will highlight the following issues on the protest day being organised on November 8:

1. Justice for the victims of the Bhopal Gas accident; to make Dow Chemicals pay for the damages and for the clean up of the factory site; US should extradite Warren Anderson to India to stand trial.

2. The United States should stop pressurizing India on foreign policy and to open up agriculture, retail trade, education and other services for American capital and multinational companies.

3. Scrap the Indo-US Defence Framework Agreement which seeks to convert India into a military ally of the United States. Stop pressurizing India to give up liability claims on US nuclear suppliers.

4. Withdraw the remaining 50,000 US troops in Iraq forthwith; have a political settlement in Afghanistan to establish an independent and neutral state and withdraw US-Nato forces immediately.

5. End the US embargo on Cuba; stop all assistance to Israel till it vacates the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories.

The Left parties call upon all its units to organise demonstrations and rallies on the above demands on November 8.


Prakash Karat [CPI(M)]
A.B. Bardhan [CPI]

Debabrata Biswas [AIFB]
Abani Roy [RSP]

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

[Marxistindia] Rejoinder to Certain Press Reports -- Prakash Karat

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October 26, 2010

Press Statement

Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

Rejoinder to certain Press reports on Cambridge speech

There have been certain reports of my speech at the Memorial Conference for Victor Kiernan in Cambridge that are inaccurate in parts and misleading. Some agencies have attributed to me that I stated that we committed "a historical blunder" in not recognising the role played by caste in politics and society. It is also alleged that I said that Communists are "stuck in the forties" as far as their theory and practice is concerned.

I wish to make it clear that these remarks attributed to me are neither correct nor accurate. As far as caste is concerned what I said is as follows: "We should understand both in theory and practice how class structure in India is influenced by and integrated with structures of hierarchy, discrimination and oppression that are particular to Indian society reflected for instance in caste system." Stating that Communists recognise the role of caste in the socio-economic formations in India is far from saying what has been attributed to me.

Secondly, contrary to saying that Communists are stuck in the forties, what I pointed out was and I quote from my written notes:

"The bulk of the support for the Communist Parety even today comes from the movement areas and outlying region, where mainly in the 1941 to 1948 period the Communists succeeded in bringing together and leading the two main historical currents of people's struggles -- the struggle against the colonial power and the struggle of the rural masses for freedom from exploitation. Thus where the Communists brought the anti-imperialist and anti-landlord movements together and gave leadership to this united struggle, they gained mass support. Tebhaga (Bengal), North Malabar (Kerala), the tribal struggle (Tripura) the Telengana struggle are some instances."

I had concluded by saying that the agenda of the forties such as land reforms and struggle for land is still being pursued by the Communists.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

[Marxistindia] On Petrol Price Hike

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October 18, 2010

Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

On Petrol Price Hike

The public sector oil companies have increased the price of petrol by 70 to 72 paise per litre. This follows an increase in September of 27 paise per litre. The price of petrol has already been increased by Re. 1 per litre in the space of three weeks.

The CPI(M) strongly opposes this recurrent increase in the prices of petrol. By deregulating the petrol pricing, the government has opened the way for successive hikes in petrol prices.

The rise in petrol prices will further fuel inflation. The people who are suffering from continuous food inflation will be more burdened. There is no transparency in the pricing decision making.

The Polit Bureau calls upon the government to scrap the deregulation in petrol pricing.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

[Marxistindia] Prakash Karat on vote of confidence in Karnataka Assembly

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October 12, 2010

Press Statement

Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), has issued the following statement:

The vote of confidence conducted in the Karnataka Assembly was farcical and a gross violation of democratic norms. The CPI(M) reiterate that a proper vote of confidence must be taken in the Assembly in which all MLAs are allowed to participate and the vote recorded.

Without doing so, the Yeddyurappa government cannot be treated as having acquired a vote of confidence.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

[Marxistindia] Brazen Constitutional Impropriety in Karnataka

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The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the unconstitutional and undemocratic manner in which the BJP state government in Karnataka has sought to continue to remain in office. Sixteen MLAs (eleven BJP and 5 independents) were disqualified and not allowed to enter the Assembly premises. As per the Supreme Court ruling in the Bommai judgement, a government has to prove its majority on the Floor of the House to continue in office. Any disqualification of an MLA can occur only after the vote when the party whip has been violated. Further, this cannot apply to independent MLAs. The Yeddyurappa government refused to have a division of votes in the House and relied on a voice vote to claim majority.

All this constitutes a brazen Constitutional impropriety and cannot be allowed. The Yeddyurappa government cannot remain in office unless it establishes its majority through a division of votes on the Floor of the Assembly.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

[Marxistindia] CPI(M) Candidates for Bihar Assembly elections

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01 (Phase 1)
Phulparas (Madhubani)
Vikramsila Devi(F)

Loukaha (Madhubani)
Satyanarayan Yadav

Balram Singh Yadav

Abdulkalam Ajad

Dhamdaha (Purnea)
Omprakash Mehta

Amit Kumar Sarkar

Vinod Kumar

08 (Phase 2)
Pipra (East Champaran)
Rammangal Prasad

Kusheshwar Sthan (Darbhanga)
Sangita Bharti (F)

Bahadurpur (Darbhanga)
Shyam Bharti

Kurhani (Muzffarpur)
Rampukar Sahni

Ujiyarpur (Samastipur)
Ajay Kumar

Vibhutipur (Samastipur)
Ramdev Varma (MLA)

Hasanpur (Samastipur)
Raghubansh Mukhiya

15(Phase 3)
Motihari (East Champaran)
Arbind Kumar

Hatua (Gopalganj)
Dudhnath Singh

Satyendra Yadav

Taraiya (Saran)
Ahamad Ali

19(Phase 4)
Sahebpur Kamal (Begusarai)
Vidyanand Yadav

Mohammad Usman

Dange Singh

Kahalgaon (Bhagalpur)
Shriniwas Mandal

Ravi Vilochan Varma

Kumharar (Patna)
B Prasad

25(Phase 5)
Shambhu Sharan Sharma

Rajauli (Nawada)
Premchandra Ram (Ex-MP)

27 (Phase 2)
Runni Saidpur(Sitamarhi)
Candidate to be decided

28 (Phase 3)
Louriya (West Champaran)
To be decided

29(Phase 6)
To be decided

30 (Phase 6)
Sasaram (Rohtas)
To be decided

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