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Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
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politics: cpi(m)

Rectified Spirit?

The Marxists face their worst crisis ever. Comrades look for a “reconnect”.

Rectified Spirit?
Jitender Gupta
Rectified Spirit?
outlookindia.com
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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

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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 admission that it had lost touch with the people, alienated the minorities and was itself riven by factionalism.

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