'I would dub the CPI (M) party as being the equivalent of the RSS for the Congress. They are anti-reform and completely xenophobic. What the country needs is a secular-reform combination; the Left is secular but not pro-reform. They do not give a monkey about the poor. Their concern is limited to public sector employees. They are interested in promoting a dole culture. The problem here is that the middle class receives a lot of dole. The poor do not receive dole and so the Left is caught up in the rhetoric of redistribution. They are using the poor to protect the privileges of the middle class. Everyone knows that the whole public distribution system does not help the poor. The money is not percolating down; rather it is reinforcing a self-serving state apparatus.'
meghnad desai has lived abroad too long - the cpm is the rss. and the rss is the cpm.


sweetheart deal

mr.yechury on the centaur hotel sale: “It confirms our fears that a lot of underhand deals were struck. It is a classic sweetheart deal, where public property was sold at a low price to a person close to the ruling establishment”.

the marxists are big on notional losses. they still reel out figures on how much 'revenues' the 'people of india' have lost because of the reduction in tax rates since the good old seventies. so who should feel the sting of these notional losses? except for a few hundred people from the top 1-5% of india's castes and a miniscule number of dalits, i don't think anyone from any other community ever worked there. or were offered discounts when they visited or stayed at the place because they owned that 'public property'.

so the real 'sweetheart deal' happened when the 'public' of india, the bottom 95% communities, were not even told that investments being made in their name in this particular enterprise, long ago, would actually benefit 'people close to the ruling establishment'.

so who are stauncher hindutvavadis - the marxists or the bjp? the original 'classic sweetheart deal' mr.yechury, was/is the republic of india.


the name-callers

in the last line of my previous post i had said- 'marxists and others'. who are the others? these are the rishis of our age: these are the people who identify the demons for us, the rakshasas. you know, the world bank, mncs, capitalists.

they create 'awareness' among the people about these evil forces - those demons would take over this country and starve you! and they call you strange names if you don't agree with them. and that is how they shame the lower castes into doing the right thing - fighting for the protection of upper caste jobs and privileges.

they're very clever people.

inclusive growth

one of the upa govt's refrains has been 'inclusive growth'. one way of interpreting this mantra : there would be no disinvestment. which means all the upper caste jobs in the public sector would be saved.

and what about the lower castes? they have the nrega. when in doubt about what the manusmriti has to say on certain issues, the upa government consults the marxists and others.

sainath's gayatri

this short quiz is not an alternative version of this quiz.

1) which do you think are more efficient- public sector banks because they employ more brahmins or private sector banks because they employ more brahmins?

2) when do you think the govt was more pro-poor- before 1990 when the poor stood long hours in front of fair price shops and got no rations or post-1990 when the poor stand in front of fps and get no rations?

3) who were more sympathetic to the lower castes - the central and most state governments before 1990 when they ignored their demands for jobs or the same govts after 1990 when they continue to ignore their demands for jobs?
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