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Blind Left Turn
An anthropology professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey, us, is the most talked about personality in Kerala’s Left politics today. A radical section alleges that Dr Richard W. Franke—who’s been visiting Kerala for decades—is a CIA agent assigned to torpedo the much-vaunted People’s Campaign for Planning. The CPI(M) politburo has sought to dispel the notion but for some Marxists, he’s still an imperialist mole. Politburo member and Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan has been in the forefront of the attacks, but is it just a pretext to target left economist Dr Thomas Isaac and others who have been "trying to derail Kerala’s socialist advances by importing Western models opposed to Marxism-Leninism"? Everyone’s now looking forward to meet the man himself. Richard Franke will tour the state from November 16-30.