May 24, 2015
Red Carpet to Corporates is Modi's 'Development'

LAYING red carpet to corporate sector is being packaged as 'development' by Modi government charged CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and former general secretary Prakash Karat. He said the NDA government is charging forward in implementation of neo-liberal economic reforms and consequently there is growing inequality in the country. Karat said this after inaugurating the newly constructed 'Sundarayya Bhavan' in Pragathi Nagar, Hyderabad on 19th May, the death anniversary of Communist stalwart Putchalapally Sundarayya. Polit Bureau member B V Raghavulu and Telangana armed struggle veteran Mallu Swarajyam, CPI(M) Telangana state secretariat member D G Narasimha Rao were present. The meeting organised on this occasion was presided over by the first sarpanch of Pragati Nagar, Sriramulu. Addressing the gathering Prakash Karat spoke about the changing political situation in the country. He said the right wing communal forces attack on country's secular foundations has increased manifold during the one year of Modi government rule. The agrarian sector is mired in deep distress. Farmers are unable to survive on agriculture and are therefore committing suicides in droves. In such a situation the Modi government has brought in the Land Acquisition ordinance in order to facilitate takeover of farmers lands by the corporates. At the same time the government is trying to subvert the labour laws that were achieved by the working class through long term struggles. Karat said the Modi government is on course for privatising the crucial education, health, power, water supply etc which is going to put greater burdens on the common people. The state governments instead of opposing such measures are actually toeing the Centre's line and implementing same policies in the states. It is only the Left-ruled Tripura that is standing apart from this anti-people course. The CPI(M) will launch a united struggle with Left parties and other democratic forces against this anti-people policy regime. The Left will also put forward alternative vision to this neo-liberal framework. B V Raghavulu dwelling on the aspect of 'Reservations in Private Sector' underlined that no nation has progressed without breaking the shackles of discrimination and without undertaking land reforms. In the present scenario where public sector is shrinking by the day, the nation can move forward only by providing reservations in the private sector. He debunked the argument that doing so will impact the efficiency and competitiveness of the organisations. He pointed out how America and other capitatlist nations have benefited from affirmative programmes in private sector. Mallu Swarajyam attacked the chief ministers of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for focussing more on Singapore and Istanbul. She called on them to learn from Pragathi Nagar which is progressing forward with people-friendly policies and administration. If thousands of acres of land were distributed during the heroic Telangana armed struggle, the present rulers are trying to snatch them from farmers and hand over to corporates. She called for militant struggle to prevent this. (INN)