Friday, January 25, 2008

Heil the Marxists


Lets stop this hogwash about patriotic credentials

Sutanu Guru, Executive Editor Business & Economy

First Sutanu Guru, Executive Editor Business & Economythings first. Let’s please stop this baloney about the United States being a ‘natural ally’ of India. The history of the last 60 years reflects something entirely different. Till recently, Uncle Sam has consistently and insultingly bracketed India with Pakistan in its foreign policy. During the 1971 Indo-Pak war that eventually led to the creation of Bangladesh, the US not only tilted decisively towards Pakistan, but also threatened India (Some natural ally, this!). Till 9/11 seared America, India would go hoarse complaining about cross border Islamic terrorism emanating from Pakistan. American officials couldn’t care a fig. In the early 1990s, the US pressurised Russia and forced it to stop and kill a missile deal and a cryogenic technology deal.

So in all this bewildering brouhaha over the Indo-US nuclear deal, lets not get misty eyed with romance and naiveté about Uncle Sam’s goodwill towards India. To that extent, this column applauds Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury for providing a warning about the true intentions of America. No doubt they are patriots and honourable men.

But this columnist would be happier if Messrs Karat and Yechury also do the following while condemning American Imperialism:

  • Condemn the atrocities committed by Soviet Dictator Stalin that led to millions of needless deaths.
  • Condemn the Chinese Cultural Revolution as a mad scheme that took millions of lives.
  • Unequivocally condemn the 1962 Chinese invasion of India and shout loudly each time China states gratuitously that Arunanchal Pradesh is Chinese territory.
  • Condemn the brazen manner in which China is destroying the centuries old heritage and civilisation of Tibet as an ‘Imperial Power’.
  • Condemn the 1979 Chinese invasion of Vietnam to “ teach a lesson” to that tiny but brave country that has always resisted Imperialism of all hues.
  • Condemn the overt and covert support that China has provided, and has been providing, to the nuclear and missile ambitions of Pakistan.
  • Condemn the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 when innocent students were gunned down by Chinese tanks.
  • Condemn the manner in which the Chinese State allows American multinationals to use ‘virtually slave labor’ to produce cheap goods. Can Karat and Yechury do all this? Extremely doubtful. That’s why this columnist humbly requests them to stop insulting the native intelligence of Indians by such a petulant and childish display of double standards.

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