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AAP’s agenda has long been the Communist programme: Karat

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CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
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CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Without revealing the party’s hand on whether the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could be a potential ally, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Thursday said the virtues the new party claims for itself and its agenda of social justice, democratisation and decentralisation of power has long been the Communist programme.

Mr. Karat made these observations in a detailed article in the forthcoming issue of the party organ People’s Democracy in a bid to clear the air on the CPI(M) position vis-à-vis the AAP.

However, he did not answer the question the media has been posing on a possible alliance between the two parties. In fact, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan was quoted in a newspaper report as stating that the party would not tie up with the CPI(M) as corruption had seeped into its rank and file.

Acknowledging that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s appeal to the middle class and youth was blunted by the AAP, Mr. Karat added: “However, the AAP’s stand on communalism and its attack on the communal Hindutva agenda were absent. Can the AAP ever hope to present itself as an alternative without taking a clear-cut stand against communalism?” He also questioned if the AAP had an alternative to neo-liberalism, adding that there was a tendency to gloss over these matters “perhaps due to the contradictions that exist in the social base” of the AAP.

Noting that the AAP’s rapid rise has been “generally welcomed by the democratic and secular circles in the country,” Mr. Karat said: “The involvement of a normally apolitical middle class and attracting the youth to political activism with idealism is a singular achievement.”

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The communal agenda will fail where economic and social concerns are
given priority. Parties which have communal agenda will be stopped
in their tracks. Left ideology can do that theoretically but does
not have the wide acceptance that AAP may gain due to a more
centrist approach than what the Left can offer. So middle and lower
classes have specific needs like corruption-free governance; some
subsidies like gas, water and power. However they resent the
sloganeering and ideological positioning on liberal economics. Maybe
that is why party like AAP is stepping into the vacuum created by
Congress misdemeanors.

from:  Manish
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 13:38 IST

AAP do not have a basic ideology, as CPM has, to serve the
society.Corruption is not the only problem the society faces, of
course it is one of the many.They do not have an alternate policy to
govern too.It is a shame that a party without a strict political
outlook formed the Delhi government.It is obvious that whatever good
they do, will be momentary and no basic structural problems of the
society will be solved, because it is not in their agenda.It is
unbelievable that such a party is criticizing the one and the only
party which stands for the great idea of making a classless society
and working for the goal without respite and overcoming severe
challenges coming on its way for years .

from:  Praseetha P
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 13:24 IST

First introspect about your party Mr. Gen. Secretary, your party did not even have a token presence in Delhi, why ? Is that because there are no takers for your philosophy or Delhities are not as enlightened as you ? Any way its a fun to read your views

from:  Krishna kumar
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 13:23 IST

Haha. The Leftists have woken up at last, to ride the surf of the Aam Aadmi wave. Wonder why they took so long to realise the immense potential that the AAP has thrown up for the marginalised Reds! Now it will not be long before they hitch on to the AAP bandwagon. For them finding justifications is not difficult. They are experts in couching arguments in outdated jargons.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 13:08 IST

Since from the Nehruvian time, one group of the communists (CPI, CPI-M) decided to achieve their political goal of just society by practicing socialism within the participatory-democratic system, while another group, their Maoist-comrades or the Naxalites has adopted the insurrection method and have even created an alternative State -Janatana Sarkar- in the Red Corridor to achieve a classless society. In 2004, when the CPI-M had supported the UP-I as an ally of the Congress, the communist party could achieve an effective economic plan sheet for welfare measures through the National Common Minimum Programme-2004. The latest talk of alliance between the CPI-M and the AAP might be a right recognition of the delivering party. The AAP has already, within a few days, has done maximum to the needy people.

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 12:39 IST

Major agenda, such as house/shelters for homeless, no-FDI in retail, political decentralization, of the Aam Aadmi Party, of course, remind us of the agenda and the slogans of the Communist Parties in India. Despite its tag as Aam Aadmi (common man), in terms of class analysis, the Aam Aadmi Party is a political rise of the middle class, with its active base in the urban regions; it is a manifestation of the middle class-conflict in the production relations with the Indian ruling class, on account of their clashing economic interests, following the liberalization policies. No-FDI in retail policy of the AAP illustrates this aspect well; a policy of economic consumerism that had swallowed the lakhs of small grocery shops and their income altogether.

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 12:38 IST

CPI had been in power in WB for almost 30 years. Why didn't it make any
effort to decentralize local bodies like municipalities and

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 12:37 IST

It is high time left parties should learn to understand what this people
of this country need and not flog the dying horse ie "Communalism". It is the political parties who fan the evil ideas of Communalism. For the past 30yrs starting from Babri Masjid demolition to Godhra riots, left parties along with corrupt congress was trying to project themselves as the most secular parties. But people have understood corruption is more evil than the so called psuedo secularism as propagated by these parties. It is a matter of disgrace that the Left parties try to cling to the winning fledgling political party under the garb of secularism.
At this rate Left parties will have to write their epitaph. The so called politburo of these two parties should introspect as to what the people of this country need. When there was a massive hunger strike going on against corruption Left parties were giving only lip service without having an idea of how this is going to transform the political scenario.

from:  K.GOPU
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 12:34 IST

Yes , you are right . That's why Kerala and WB where you rule most of times suffer today . Kerala and WB are deficient in industries and most of the people work outside.Try to learn something from states like Gujurat,TamilNadu and Maharastra.

from:  anil
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 11:09 IST
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