Manmohan Singh’s Pakistan initiative drew praise from CPI(M) general secretary, Prakash Karat, who has consistently flayed the foreign policy of the Prime Minister since the days of Indo-US nuclear deal.
“One of the few positive aspects in foreign policy is the Prime Minister's refusal to adopt a confrontationist stance towards Pakistan despite what sections in his government and party wish”, the CPM general secretary writes in an article in the forthcoming issue of party’s mouthpiece, People’s Democracy.
That said, Karat went on to criticize the government for its various policies, including the foreign policy.
“India has gone along with the United States which is targeting Iran on the nuclear issue. It once more voted against Iran in the IAEA, unlike other non-aligned countries. India is not playing the role of a leading non-aligned country”, Karat wrote.
Flaying the economic policies of the UPA-II, Karat wrote that politically, the striking outcome of the first year of the government is its increasing vulnerability.
“In May 2009, the UPA won the elections but failed to get a majority. The Congress leadership ignored this reality and became complacent with the unilateral declaration of support by parties like the BSP, SP, RJD and the JD(S). By the end of the first year that complacency has been shattered. During the last budget session, the Congress had to adopt the tactic of bargain and striking deals to garner support from amongst these parties”, the Marxist leader said.
In his opinion, the “cynical use of the CBI for political purposes” is undermining the credibility of the agency.
“The wheeling and dealing that saw the postponement of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha and the introduction of the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill - all portend a tortuous path for the future”, Karat wrote.