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A CPI(M) official has been sacked for inaugurating an RSS office. Whatever happened to Track II politics?

india Updated: Mar 01, 2010, 00:04 IST
Hindustan Times

Haven’t you been missing good old Left versus Right politics? We certainly have, with the Left parties left out of the main political stage and the BJP, well, either breaking into a song or finding time outside Parliament even when the annual Budget of the country was being presented. There’s now another reason to find the whole Left-Right tussle redundant: it’s become downright confusing even for the old rivals if one goes by what happened in the town of Kollam in Kerala on Thursday.

The CPI(M) suspended one of its senior leaders and mayor of Kollam, N. Padmalochan, from the party’s primary membership for inaugurating an RSS organising committee office. For old-timers in the anti-communalist party of the people, a comrade hanging out with a Rashtriya Swayamsevak is as bad as a nun spending time in the Playboy Mansion. The BJP has been quick to term the disciplinary action taken by the communists against the lapsed communist as ‘Stalinist’. On his part, Mr Padmalochan apologised, but since he aired his apology on TV — instead of to his senior comrade — he’s pretty much in the dog house.

So what’s next? An RSS functionary found flipping through Das Kapital and enjoying it? A BJP member singing the Internationale set to the tune of Vande Mataram? Told you, the Left ain’t the Left and the Right ain’t the Right any more.

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