HindustanTimes Sat,29 Nov 2014

Sitaram Yechury

An exercise in sheer duplicity

Defeating communalism and rejecting the economic policies of the BJP and the Congress are the first steps to realising Bhagat Singh’s vision.

Profit motive: why markets love Modi

India Inc requires a ‘messiah’, a ‘strong leader’ to continue doling out such concessions and ‘sweetheart’ deals. Thus, sections of them self-appoint themselves as the ‘cheerleaders’ of the BJP PM aspirant. Writes Sitaram Yechury.

Only a non-Cong, non-BJP govt can ensure inclusive growth

Instead of subsidising the rich, if such money is used for public investments, we can have a much better ‘inclusive’ growth trajectory. In this lies the alternative policy direction, writes Sitaram Yechury.

All BJP wants to do is advance RSS’ vision of a Hindu Rashtra

The RSS/BJP campaign pitch reminds us of the popular Hindi song with which my generation grew up — ‘Kahin pe nigahein, kahin pe nishana’ (looking in one direction, while the target is another) writes Sitaram Yechury.

2014 could be a year of revival with an alternative front in power

President Pranab Mukherjee concluded his Republic Day eve address by saying that 2014 will be the year of resurgence. But that can only happen with a secular democratic political alternative sans the Congress and the BJP. Sitaram Yechury writes.

Centre needs to correct India’s foreign policy orientation

The current Indo-US stand-off over the maltreatment of our diplomat has roused considerable indignation in the country. India’s long overdue tit-for-tat reaction and the pruning of benefits given to American diplomats, far excessive of the ‘reciprocity’, are necessary.

In 2014, people’s struggles must be strengthened

The forthcoming general elections must serve as the opportunity to bring about a change in Indian politics. The Indian people will have to bring about a political alternative that is capable of implementing alternative policies. The Left, democratic and secular parties must create conditions for such a policy shift.

India needs not only an electoral alternative but a policy alternative

The political churning in the run-up to the 2014 LS elections continues to deepen. The assembly elections results vindicate the assessment that people are crying out for relief from the growing economic burdens.

Indian realpolitik: no debate on issues that matter

In a democracy, while all issues must be raised and discussed, some prioritisation is essential. This must be related to the compelling issues on which people are crying out for relief, writes Sitaram Yechury.

Our singularly plural ways

How we choose to identify ourselves works at various levels and depends on the context. Sitaram Yechury elaborates.

That other option

A non-Congress, non-BJP political alternative that can affect such a change is the need of the hour. A careful examination of the results in the last round of Assembly elections shows that such parties polled a significant percentage of votes. Sitaram Yechury examines...

There is a third option

The two big parties must realise the people are seeking an alternative policy trajectory, writes Sitaram Yechury.

Fine-tune the electoral system

In the Indian context a combination of proportional representation with the present form may be ideal. This could be done by clubbing two adjoining constituencies where people, with two votes, vote for individual candidates as well as the parties. Sitaram Yechury examines...

Scope for improvement

Unless Parliament sits for longer durations, its vigilance over the government is not effective. Thus, the executive’s accountability to the legislature becomes the casualty. This seriously undermines our Constitutional scheme of things. This needs to be corrected by ensuring a mandatory 100 sittings a year, writes Sitaram Yechury.

A wishlist for the Congress

 Noting that this victory comes with the “challenge of rising expectations,” the Prime Minister described this as a verdict for “inclusive growth”, “equitable development”, “a secular and plural India”. If this has to be translated into action, then the existing state of denial on the disastrous impact of the global economic recession must be discarded, writes Sitaram Yechury.
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