Within a day of the UPA and the Left deciding to form a joint political committee to look into the impact of the Hyde Act on the 123 Agreement, the CPI (M) launched a fresh attack against the Indo-US joint naval exercise, which is starting on September 4.
The CPI (M) said that the Indian armed forces’ increasing involvement with the US forces would push the country to become America’s “subordinate military ally.”
Party General Secretary Prakash Karat, in a strongly worded article in People’s Democracy, said: “The nuclear deal, the military agreement and the economic policies designed to advance the interests of US capital are parts of the trio which are harmful for India’s sovereignty, independent foreign policy and the people’s economic interests.”
Karat said that it was for the first time that a naval exercise with the US, and also Australia, Japan and Singapore, was being held off the east coast.
Quoting from a Pentagon statement and a speech of the US Under Secretary of State, Nicholas Burns, the CPI (M) leader said that US was only interested in extracting commercial gains by selling military technology to India.
Karat and CPI’s A.B. Bardhan would respectively lead two ‘jathas’ (marches) from Chennai and Kolkata to Visakhapatnam on September 8 to protest against the exercise.