What does CPM think of Indian Government

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  1. Singh

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    This is a compilation of editorials from the CPM weekly. It might point out, how CPM thinks on defence, caste, agriculture.

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    Defence

    India’s deepening ties with the US have always been a concern for the Left. Its latest worry is New Delhi’s purchase of US military hardware — believing that this may be quid pro quo for the nuclear deal. An article in CPM weekly People’s Democracy specifically discusses the government’s decision to acquire 22 “Apache” Longbow attack helicopters from Boeing. Riding on the back of this sale, it argues, are a wide range of cutting-edge weapons systems.

    “These sales, while not monster-sized in themselves, also pave the way for future and potentially much larger sales of US helicopters and weapons, especially missile systems, to India,” the article says.

    “There are strong indications that this deal is a precursor to India acquiring other US-made helicopters in an estimated requirement of 700 helicopters over the next decade, as well as a whole range of helicopter-borne missiles and other weapons systems, as also other missiles and weapons from these manufacturers, thus prising open a much larger chunk of the Indian military acquisition market and establishing a solid US presence in India,” the article says.

    It claims that the burgeoning US-India strategic relationship and the consequent US push into the Indian military market has been viewed with rising alarm by rival and older India suppliers like Britain, France and Russia.

    “Right now, US military suppliers have the wind behind them. The question is whether India will play a fair game, with a level playing field. Even in the Apache deal, a suspicion about this remains. How come that, even though the order is worth over Rs 3000 crore, there has been no mention of offsets? Is an exception being made?” it asks.

    Caste and credit

    Another article in People’s Democracy focuses on government apathy towards scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes, in the context of the “failure” to fill up vacancies earmarked for these sections, despite the special recruitment drive launched in 2008.

    It says that the government itself has admitted that success rate in filling the backlog posts has been less than 30 per cent. “Of a total backlog of 76,137 vacancies in various ministries, departments and public sector enterprises, the government could fill up just 26,472 in an exercise spread over three years,” it says.

    Another instance of the UPA’s apathy towards Dalits is reflected in the fact that credit disbursements to Dalit entrepreneurs has dropped by 33.8 per cent this fiscal. “The disbursement of credit to dalit entrepreneurs through 20-odd schemes run by the ministry of social justice has dropped to Rs 1,670 crore between April and October this financial year... When this is the case with the ministry of social justice itself, then what can one expect from the banks,” it asks.

    “When credit problems still continue to haunt Dalit entrepreneurs, even more so than other businessmen, when disbursement from many schemes — crafted intentionally to provide credit to Dalit businessmen — is slowing down, how does the government expect the Dalits to make use of its scheme that mandates 4 per cent of all the government procurements from Dalit and tribal vendors...the fledgling attempts by hundreds of Dalit entrepreneurs to overcome deep socio-economic barriers and break into mainstream business are facing a threat due to the UPA government’s unwillingness t provide adequate credit,” it says.

    Farming crisis

    CPI weekly New Age focuses on agrarian distress and farmers’ suicides. It argues that the anti-farmer attitude of the successive governments has led to a decline in public funding.

    “The farmers are caught in (a) pair of scissors, with rising costs of inputs and unremunerative prices of agriculture products. It has been revealed that 40 per cent of cultivators want to leave agriculture and 3.5 per cent of agriculturists join the rank of labour per annum,” the editorial says.

    It blames neoliberal policy for this situation, saying that banking credit to agriculture has come down and private lending has gone up. And instead of taking corrective measures, the UPA government is encouraging a new Mahajani credit system by introducing “accredited loan providers” who charge exorbitant rates of interests. “While in the West the subsidies to agriculturists are on rise, in our country, even the minimal subsidies are being curtailed. Subsidies on inputs have been cut drastically. Caught in the web of loans and non-profit-making s, farmers take to the unfortunate path of suicide,” it says.

    The editorial says that farmers are increasingly shifting to cash crops, shrinking the cultivated areas for foodgrain and creating a food security threat. Besides, state governments acquired agricultural land to set up SEZs and other public utilities, but in fact, handed the land over to builder mafias, it says.

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    The CPI-M are mainly a bunch of baboons with red bottoms HQtered at Kolkata and Trivandrum.
     
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    Good article, and very objective.

    Some question need answered:
    • How come that, even though the order is worth over Rs 3000 crore, there has been no mention of offsets? Is an exception being made? (This needs to be answered, but then, even Russia hasn't been very cooperative with the BrahMos engine.)
    • Another instance of the UPA’s apathy towards Dalits is reflected in the fact that credit disbursements to Dalit entrepreneurs has dropped by 33.8 per cent this fiscal. (Who is in charge of the Standing Committee? Why has there been a drop?)
    • And instead of taking corrective measures, the UPA government is encouraging a new Mahajani credit system by introducing “accredited loan providers” who charge exorbitant rates of interests. (This step has been absolutely counterproductive and looks like it serves vested interests, and allows for scope for rampant corruption. Very wrong step IMHO! Least said about farmer suicides.)
     
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    Who cares what left thinks.....
     
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    Their intentions may be good but their solutions to the problems of society are not correct. Of the three states in payments issue Punjab is owed money by the center for grains but Kerala and West Bengal due to left policies.
     
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    Exactly !!

    They have been reduced to the status of third class regional parties. Left politics today has been marginalised into Bengali and Keralite regionalism! For leftists they care for their regionalism rather than the country and society.
    Bengalies have got rid of them, now it is for kerala to follow.
     
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    Sorry, but WB and Kerala are the least regionalist of all the states, and the quite benevolent. Assam wasn't so benevolent, and went for insurgency.

    The fact is that the Freight Equalisation Policy is a socialist policy, and the main beneficiaries are states that use a lot of iron ore (heavy engineering, machine tools, automobiles), such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and TN. If indeed WB, Jharhand, Orissa, and Chhatisgarh were to form a regional bloc, and decided to block all ore supplies to the rest of India, then these states, that are touted as examples by anti-left critics, will suffer.

    There is a reason why ULFA called for secession. They wanted full control of their resources.

    Everyone has the right to his opinion, however, riding on socialist benefits, one should not be criticizing socialism. In other words, don't make a hole in the plate you eat.

    Take your pick, do you want to preserve socialism, or be done with it?
     
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    How can one forget that in the first ever elections of India and even subsequently, the CPI (the communists) used to the second largest political party in India.
    But look at them today. Having run the dynasty for such a long time they are not even part of the supporters !

    Comprodor intellectual losers !
     
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    ^^

    That I agree with. They have made some silly blunders, that has cost them dear. While they have been true to their stand, the fact that given an opportunity, they have shied away from taking responsibility, has cost them a lot of credibility. While they have been by far the cleanest of all political parties, the country needs decision makers, and those that chose to support from outside and not take charge, are not seen as a reliable choice by many.
     
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    BT Ranadive and EMS supported Chinese invasion of India and even today their literature claims that Nehrus forward line policy was an invasion on their "Motherland" China....

    How can one make progress with that kind of intellectual dishonesty...
     
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    Look pmaitara,

    Communists were very prominent in Andhra, Tamilnadu, Bihar, UP, Punjab and many other states and where are they now ? what they talk of today? Kerala and WB. They have lost all other states !
     
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    Doesn't change the fact that most of India benefits from Socialism. To bash socialism while quietly benefiting from it is intellectual dishonesty, if not lack of intellect, IMHO. As I said, it is not good to make a hole in the plate you eat.

    Socialism FTW. :thumb:

    Not all communists are anti-India. You have taken BT Ranadive and EMS out of context. I'll be happy to be corrected.
     
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    Communists also helped the Indian Army secure Hyderabad State into the Indian Union.

    If you are specific, and say that the Maoist insurgents are anti-India, I might agree, but if you say communists are anti-India, make no mistake, you will have to debate me. ;)

    Regarding Kerala and WB, they are doing much better than Maharashtra, which, ironically leads the country in Per Capita Income and Farmer Suicides.

    The problem with capitalists is that all they care about is revenue. For them, even if a few hundred die, it's fine, as long as revenue is generated. For socialists, many other factors are important, like HDI, income disparity, etc..
     
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    No one cares about CPM. They cannot win a single LS seat in 25 states. Good for the country that they are no more important in Indian politics. Even Mamta has more MP than CPM.
     
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    Freight equalisation might be one of the excuses that backward states might want to make for their lack of industry. But the fact is that some of these states such as Jharkhand, Bihar,etc are known for their mafia and lawlessness. Which industrialist would like to invest in such unsafe places. West Bengal OTOH has developed a very bad work culture due to communist unions. In Kerala most of the locals have family members working in `Gelf` so industry or no industry they can afford to have a good life style regardless.
     
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    It's not only about freight equalization, it also about subsidized diesel, subsidized train fares, subsidized or free tenements, subsidized fertilizers. These are all socialist policies. Are these policies limited to WB and Kerala, or do such beneficiaries exist all over the country? Sure, unionism has contributed its part, but my argument is, why would one blame socialism while he is benefiting from it?

    Let me ask you, are you okay with a sudden increase in diesel prices, and the consequent increase in goods, food, grains prices? How many people do you see driving around in diesel burning SUVs? Who is paying for his diesel? Are you okay with a sudden increase in train fares? Give me an honest answer.

    Moreover, flights to the NE are also subsidized. Would you recommend those subsidies to be removed?

    I get the feeling that if all the socialist policies were withdrawn by the government, this country will be turned upside down. But do answer my questions.
     
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    Some excerpts from the performance of the Indian states:

    • 1.7 : NET STATE DOMESTIC PRODUCT AT CURRENT PRICES: Bihar doing better than Maharashtra.
    • 1.8 : PER CAPITA NET STATE DOMESTIC PRODUCT AT CURRENT PRICES: Sikkim is doing better than Delhi.
    • 1.33 : STATE-WISE/UTILITY WISE AVERAGE RATE OF ELECTRICITY FOR DOMESTIC & INDUSTRIAL CONSUMERS: Arunachal Pradesh is doing better than Tamil Nadu.
    • 4.7 : STATE-WISE DISTRIBUTION OF AGGREGATE DEPOSITS: Uttar Pradesh is doing better than Andhra Pradesh.
    • 9.1 : SELECTED INDICATORS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FOR MAJOR STATES: Life Expectancy: West Bengal is doing better than Gujarat; Infant Mortality Rate: Kerala doing better than Maharashtra.
    • 9.2 : GROSS ENROLMENT RATIO IN CLASSES I-VIII: Odisha doing better than Karnataka.
    • 9.4 : STATE-WISE LITERACY RATES (2011): Kerala on top!
    • 9.6 : ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER IN HOUSEHOLDS IN INDIA: Jammu and Kashmir is doing better than Rajasthan.
    (Table numbers precede points for easy reference.)

    So these are some selected facts. One can see detailed data at the ECONOMIC SURVEY 2011-12.

    Now, the question is, which states are doing well, and which states are doing bad; and the answer will depend upon whether bank balance matters to you most, or life expectancy, or children's education; or pick anything you please.

    Basically, it is futile to argue on which state is doing the best, because, no one state is an all rounder.

    Again, mathematics is about the truth, and statistics is about playing around with how to represent the truth.
     
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    Leftist aren't anti-India. But their policies are antinational. They should migrate to left breeding places where they all can kill that nation democratically and economically.
     
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    The only one who benefited in Socialism was the delhi Munnah of the Central Government who made Switzerland known for the Swiss Banks!

    The Looser was the Indian Public. The Beneficiaries were the Marxists, Socialists and Communists (And Offcourse The Mighty PSUs) themselves raking in the Money from whatever the Few Industrialized States Produced (Particularly Maharashtra) in the First 50 Years.

    Look at Amethi, The Launching Seat of Half of Prime Ministers of India(In Terms of Ruling Time), Yet it is One of the Most Poorest Districts of India even as of today!
     
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    Well said. Every political party promising even more free goods for nothing is mathematically impossible.

    As you stated in the last statement, India is on a cusp of a big revolution. Its coming. Be prepared.

    Guys you all heard it here first.
     
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