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No More Red In The Palette?

The Left must innovate and reach out to new marginalised groups

No More Red In The Palette?
Illustration by Sorit
No More Red In The Palette?
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What an irony that the seeming vindication by Wikileaks and the Japanese nuclear crisis of the Left’s stand on the Indo-US nuclear cooperation bill, voted in by the last Lok Sabha, will not matter much in the forthcoming assembly elections in five states. The Left’s opposition to the bill, in the name of not allowing India’s subordination to US interests, resulted in the severance of ties with the Congress-led UPA-I. But—some would say not surprisingly—the issue did not matter in the Lok Sabha elections that brought UPA-II to power.

In the old discourse, the Left’s denunciation of imperialism, represented by the US and western powers, gelled with the denunciation of capital, for imperialism was explained as the highest form of exploitative capitalism. This was disseminated by the Communists in a potent communication package in their strongholds to charge a politically organised underclass, especially in the light of US adventurism in Indo-China and West Asia. But, as the anti-big capital stance of the...

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