Coalitions in India trying to weaken Left: Yechury

The major coalition formations in the country were trying to weaken the Left movement.

Updated: Jan 03, 2011, 18:01 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The major coalition
formations in the country were trying to weaken the Left
movement, which had always put forward an alternative to the
Centre`s neo-liberal and anti-imperialist policies in the
states governed by them, CPI-M polit bureau member Sitaram
Yechury said on Monday.

Inaugurating a symposium on the `role of transitional
governments` as part of the international congress on Kerala
studies here, Yechury said the three Left governments in India
had delivered in key areas including decentralisation, the
core of secular democracy.

The peoples` democratic fronts governing these states
had formed governments of transitional character within the
bourgeois system to help the process of achieving peoples`
democratic revolution.

The Left governments were qualitatively different in
character and had provided an alternative to the neo-liberal
agenda followed by successive governments at the Centre,
Yechury said.

Stating that there were broadly four categories of
transitional regimes, he said socialist formations had been
put in place by overthrowing capitalism, progressive
governments formed through peoples` struggles like in Latin
America, and regimes built on momentous struggles like in
South Africa. In India, the Left was proceeding to the path of
socialism within the restrainsts of a bourgeois system.

The one common feature of all these governments was that
their anti-imperialist conduct and attempt to transcend
capitalism in its advance to socialism. "This period is one of
intense class struggle at the global level," Yechury said.

The success or failure of the transitional regimes
depended on whether they would determine their economic
policies or economics would determine their policies. Politics
should determine the economic trajectory. Economic policies
should be the means to achieve the political end, he said.

China was building capitalism in a country having
proletarian dictatorship and it was a different matter whether
it would succeed or not in the effort, he said.

Yechury said solidarity with countries having governments
of transitional character was essential to develop a global
anti-imperialist movement and humanity`s transition towards an
exploitation-free society.

Carlos Azugaray Treto (Professor, Center for Hemispheric
and US Studies, University of Havana), Fuad Cassim (Advisor,
Ministry of Finance, South Africa), Milena Ramirez (Ambassador
of Venezuela) and Prabhat Patnaik (Vice-Chairman, Kerala State
Planning Board) also spoke.