Don’t Give Me Red
- Poor governmental record in social welfare programmes such as NREGA in both West Bengal and Kerala
- Alienation of minorities in West Bengal, factionalism in Kerala
- Post-Nandigram, suspicion among the Bengal peasantry about Left Front’s attitude to land acquisition
- An image that the CPI(M) cadres are high on corruption and arrogance
- CPI(M)’s problem in evolving an alternate economic policy
If there’s one thing the Left is good at, it’s self-criticism. At last month’s two-day meeting in Delhi, the CPI(M)’s central committee, reviewing its worst-ever electoral performance in three decades, detailed its shortcomings in a 29-page-long document. These ranged from its failure to spot the Congress’s revival to its misplaced ambition in projecting the possibility of a non-Congress, non-BJP government, to the...