As the debate over accepting funds from “dubious persons” rages, the CPM mouthpiece Desabhimani has apparently edited out and toned down an important admission made by the party general secretary Prakash Karat.
In the latest issue of the ‘People’s Democracy,’ the weekly magazine of the party, Karat has questioned the party Malayalam organ Desabhimani taking money from a person of dubious reputation pointing out the party publications should work well within the framework of the party ideology.
However in the Malayalam translation of the signed article, some of the important observations made by the party secretary were missing. The attempt at toning down his write-up was evident in the headline itself. While People’s Democracy carried the article with the double-decker headline, “Kerala: No Wrongdoing Will Be Tolerated, Attempts To Defame Party Will Fail”, Deshabhimani omitted the first part.
“Whatever be market compulsions and requirements for capital, Deshabhimani cannot become like the bourgeois media or a corporate newspaper,” Karat wrote in the People’s Democracy explaining nuances of running a Marxist media enterprise in prevailing market conditions.
But the Malayalam translation tried to mitigate the impact of unethical deposit collection and toned down some of his observations.
Following a recent media expose, the party state committee had instructed the magazine to return Rs two crore it allegedly accepted from the lottery king Santiago Martin, who is on the run.