Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has said that no one “can” expect it to support the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, “which in violation of the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP), is pursuing to continue the direction of the foreign policy that was begun in the first place by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.”

In an editorial, “Fight Both Imperialism and Communalism,” in the latest issue of party organ People’s Democracy, the CPI(M) said communalism and imperialism were equally dangerous, and “at no cost can the struggle against one be given up — leave alone — weakened in the name of struggling against the other.”

The editorial said, the people of India “simply do not have a choice.” “Those who pit one against the other are doing disservice to both the country and our people, and are in fact aiding both these forces that seek to erode our sovereignty and, therefore, our strength as a strong independent nation…”

The editorial is devoted entirely to responding to the criticism that the CPI(M) had abandoned its struggle against communalism to highlight its “anti-imperialist credentials” through opposition to the India-U.S. nuclear deal. In the party’s view, this is the latest attempt to spread “calumny” against it after the failure of earlier efforts to “rouse an umbrage” against it on charges of opposing the deal to help China and Pakistan.

It drew attention to the NCMP, which states that “independent foreign policy [will] be pursued to promote multi-polarity in world relations and oppose all attempts at unilateralism.”

Stating that this was precisely what the CPI(M) was asking the government to adhere to, it underlined the fact that it had got the UPA to change an earlier draft of the NMCP, which said India would seek a strategic relationship with the U.S.

Reiterating the party’s long-standing opposition to the “illegitimate nexus between imperialism’s trimurti – the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organisation – and communalism’s trishul,” the editorial pointed out that the formulation on foreign policy included in the NCMP at the CPI(M)’s instance marked a significant change from the course charted by the NDA. Of the view that “the communal forces had committed to take India into a direction of subservience to the U.S.’ imperialist strategic interests in the world today,” the editorial articulated the CPI(M) position that the interests of the nation need to be protected from being “squeezed between the trimurti and the trishul.”