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Karat: capitalism is not the only option

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A file photo of CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat.
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A file photo of CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat.

American people taking to the streets to protest government's policies

Referring to the crisis in capitalism in different parts of the world, Communist party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat said here on Sunday that no longer could one insist that capitalism was the only economic option.

“Despite this crisis, U.S. imperialism is becoming more aggressive, even as it takes advantage of the people's disaffections to pursue its path of ousting those governments that are against it. It was not love for democracy, but the compulsions of extending its hegemony that shaped the country's policies,” Mr. Karat said.

 Mr. Karat was addressing the CPI (M)'s West Bengal State Committee on the first day of its two-day meeting here. Senior party leader Benoy Konar presided over the meeting.

Speaking on the global economic meltdown and the credit crisis in the Euro zone which has deepened, he pointed out that attempts were on to check the malady from spreading to other counties.

 “There is a slowdown in the U.S. economy and even though the workers and the Left movements in that country are weak, people there are taking to the streets to register their protests against the U.S. government's economic policies and the disparities resulting from them.”

Slams corruption 

He also slammed the corruption at different levels tarnishing the image of the United Progressive Alliance government. Its failure to control food prices had led to severe public resentment.

 “Farmers across the country have been put to great distress. Production costs, costs of fertilizers are rising and agricultural produce is not getting remunerative prices. It is the responsibility of the Left parties to carry out a sustained movement to highlight this ongoing crisis” he told the meeting, according to a press release issued by the State Committee.

 Referring to the stir being planned to highlight the ongoing crisis, Mr. Karat said the CPI(M) would be supporting the call by the central trade unions for a countrywide agitation on November 8.

The meeting noted that there was a need for the party to strengthen itself ahead of the West Bengal conference, scheduled for February 2012.

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To manifest our integration with 'occupy Wall Street movement`, we shall have to lunch rally at least in the several city and towns of our country. Left should be the champion of this movement.

from:  Manabesh
Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 at 05:22 IST

We need a system which addresses the following: 1) Allows wealth distribution across all sections of society rather than the the top 1% controlling so much wealth. 2) A sense of caring for fellow human beings 3) A system which does not crush people down in the name of survival.

from:  pramod
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 22:43 IST

If workers in USA accepted wage cuts, it can not be called as responsible, it's the reflection of weak workers movement, their back is on wall and that's why now they are coming out to protest, as is happening in Maruti, due to weeknes of the workers union Maruti is paying Rs 5000 to Rs 7000 to the majority of workers,20 minutes for food, 7 minutes for tea and toilet, two days salary deduction for one day sick leave, agents of Capitalism has created divisions among works that's why parties of anti-workers are still strong in India, but the situation will change very fast, symptom, workers union of all the non-left parties have been forced to join hands with the left's union for the agitation on 8th November, 1st time in India, so many other things will happen 1st time now, Mr Kausik & Co will not be able to stop that.

from:  Sambhunath Bhattacharya
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 01:41 IST

I completely agree with comments of Narasimha Rao Jakkamsetty. Any system is as good as the people following it. The need of the hour is developing the integrity and moral values. Unless, people stop measuring success with money....I think the problem of corruption will remain.

from:  Neel
Posted on: Oct 31, 2011 at 15:27 IST

As long as there is integrity any 'ism' is good enough. If there is integrity any drawbacks in any system get rectified rather automatically. There seems to be not a single political party in the world which is free from corruption. The cause of corruption is greed and lack of moral values the result of improper education. Our education is examination oriented or job oriented. There must be equal orientation of wisdom, character and moral values. It is not enough to produce a good technologist or good administrator. He must first be a good human being to become a responsible citizen so that we can have an ideal and just society. When we have the right people in the government they will take care of all these aspects.

from:  Narasimha Rao Jakkamsetty
Posted on: Oct 31, 2011 at 07:38 IST

Can anyone explain why govt controlled socialism failed in USSR,china etc and even eurozone govts have significant social welfare programs dependent on govt spending.It is very confusing as there is no ideal system even communist govts are adopting open market policy ex china created billionaires in their societies and yet Marxism and Maoism is proclaimed as salvation in developing countries.The protests in west is to point out the excesses in the system but not against the core economic principles.

from:  kausik
Posted on: Oct 31, 2011 at 07:32 IST

As there is a slowdown of the Economy, in US, the workers and the Union in several States have accepted the offer made by the respective Governors and agreed for Wage Cut and a three years freeze on any wage increase to save their jobs first and also their Nation from an economic crisis. Neither the Workers nor their Union, is week but they are responsible. There is no second opinion that Capitalism is not the only option but I could not find an answer to a question as to why Communism has not been considered as even one of the options , except in few States , by the millions of the starving people in India which is a fertile land for Communism . When there is Global meltoown , High Inflation and rising prices , are we as a Nation with a Target for Growth , afford to incur crores as loss, due to loss of man days , Trade Union Sponsored Strikes merely for the survival of Left Movements, excess number of paid holidays. May Day is a working day in US. Comrades change your attitude.

from:  N.Thirunavukkarasu
Posted on: Oct 31, 2011 at 04:35 IST
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