Comrades don’t mind five-star luxury
Over 60 international delegates, a five-star hotel and a brainstorm on the global financial crisis. Sounds like a conference call? It is, except that this is a communist summit. Zia Haq reports.delhi Updated: Nov 19, 2009 00:21 IST
Over 60 international delegates, a five-star hotel and a brainstorm on the global financial crisis. Sounds like a conference call? It is, except that this is a communist summit.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) will co-host the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, to be held in Asia for the first time at the Capital’s Ramada Plaza hotel on November 20-22.
However, it is the venue that has stood out, given the Left’s dislike of corporate opulence.
CPM chief Prakash Karat will attend the last-day public session of the conclave to be held Delhi’s Constitution Club. There are rumours that Karat is fighting shy of the five-star setting.
“Nothing of the sort,” Karat told HT. Left leaders dismissed the insinuations as “juvenile”. “Do you expect us to put up delegates from around the globe at a dharamshala (religious resthouse)? We have skipped expensive hotels like the Taj or Mauyra. We have chosen the best possible option for comfortable stay of our guests,” CPI national secretary D. Raja told Hindustan Times.
The general secretaries of both the Left parties are not delegates. “Karat and CPI chief A.B. Bardhan would however interact with the delegates bilaterally.” West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee —who heads the longest running elected Communist government — will skip the meet. “That’s because the delegate from Bengal is state CPM chief Biman Bose,” said a CPM source.
The meet — earlier held in Athens, Minsk, Belarus, Sao Paulo, Lisbon and Moscow —discusses pressing contemporary issues.
At the Delhi meet, leaders would discuss the “capitalist crisis” following the meltdown. It will have five delegates from China and two from the US.
“It would be a communist analysis of the global capitalist crisis and recession and how to resolve it,” Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.
Raja said experiences from successful socialist countries untouched by some of the worst impacts of the recession, such as Cuba, China and Vietnam would be discussed.