Left rhymes in anger (Political Prattle)

July 9th, 2008 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The Left’s angst with the Congress-led government it has propped for more than four years is manifesting itself in strange ways. A senior Communist Party of India leader expressed his disgust with the Congress by stringing out rhymes.

The only creed the Congress believes in goes like this, he said.

“Sonia Gandhi is always right…
So our future is
Always bright.”

So poetic!


Men of honour

Political bad blood may not be enough to mask acknowledgment of the good in one’s opponent. Even as his party was counting numbers to save itself in parliament, a senior Congress minister paid CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat, who has brought the Manmohan Singh government to its knees, a great compliment.

“Karat is an exceptionally honourable person,” said the minister.

What about his Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - the other “face” of the India-US nuclear deal?

“Both Karat and Manmohan Singh acted from their respective viewpoints - their belief in their ideologies. Both were dogmatic - but Karat more so,” explained the minister.


Karat no good for political strategy

Isolated on the nuclear deal issue, the smaller Left parties are pointing a finger at ‘big-brother’ Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), particularly its general secretary Prakash Karat.

The timing of withdrawal of support, they say, is “all wrong”.

“This is what happens when you leave the party’s leadership to men who have won only students’ union elections in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Never have they faced a parliamentary or municipal election… never gone to jail,” fumed an angry CPI leader in a not so veiled reference to Karat.

Karat headed the JNU students’ union during the 70s. A bookish person, he is on record saying he has never entered parliament.


Quoting Lenin to brave isolation

If not Rabindranath Tagore’s “Ekla Chalo Re’ (Walk alone), then a quote from Vladimir Ilyich Lenin will do to help the Left brave their sudden political isolation.

“We are isolated,” said a CPI leader. “But we believe in Lenin who said: ‘Better fewer, but better. Better get good human material in two or even three years than work in haste without hope of getting any at all’,” he quoted with a flourish.

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