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Preserving the Power Structure

Sumanta Banerjee (August 4) while analysing the post-Emergency scenario does not provide any answer as to why various political formations and coalitions, including the Left Front government in West Bengal, have failed not only to project any alternative model of growth but have not even provided a modicum of proper governance.

The crux of the matter is that the elite that came to power after the British departed was the product of the colonial order itself. It owed its power and privileges to this very structure and hence while trying to grow and acquiring more space it could not think in terms of transcending that order much less dismantling it for any radical reconstruction and transformation. It was circumscribed by its colonial genesis and despite all rhetoric and differentiation in various parties or coalitions the same elite controlled all the political formations, be they right, left or centre and had the same agenda of preserving the power structure bequeathed by the British. This is true not only about the bourgeois formations but also for the Communist Party of India (Marxist) whose leadership is equally status quoist. Lest there be any doubt about it, the party is now openly collaborating with international capital to exploit local resources for mutual benefit. Incidents like that in Nandigram are pointers in this regard. The slogan of independent capitalist development has given way to a growth scenario under the aegis of international capital.

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