The trends in Tripura reflects steady decline of the Left in the country

The trends in Tripura reflects steady decline of the Left in the country

The trends in Tripura reflects steady decline of the Left in the country
March 03
07:24 2018

The trends manifest all signs of the Left being a spent force. To remain relevant politically, the only choice theLeft has is to choose pragmatism over incoherent idealism.

The raging debate in the Communist Party of India-(Marxist) or CPI(M) about aligning with the Congress to fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again cropped up the question of Opposition unity and also the relevance of the Left parties.
The CPI(M) has not been able to make up its mind as to which is the greater evil — the BJP-RSS’ agenda or the Congress’ neo-liberal policies. Old anti-Congress mindset still continues in a section of the CPI(M). The question for the Indian Left, particularly the CPI(M) today is how to remain relevant. 

Not only has its national space reduced, but its geographical presence too might shrunk, given the Tripura trends . The decline of the Left is due to many reasons. One, is the lack of unity among the four Left parties — the CPI, the CPI(M), the All India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party. Second, the CPI feels that the CPI(M) is acting as the big brother. Third, the merger move of the CPI and the CPI(M) is a non-starter.

Fourth, while the CPI has become a little more flexible on alliances, the CPI(M) is still debating about it. Fifth, the Left parties do not have tall leaders who can sway their party to change.

Sixth, the leaders are not seeing the changed mood of the country. They are unable to adapt themselves to the new scenario.The confusion whether to ally with the Congress is likely to continue until the next party Congress.

The flashpoint may be reached at the next party Congress in Hyderabad.  Its decision will have an impact on the Opposition unity, as without Congress other parties may not be able to challenge the BJP. In the face of a rising BJP and aggressive regional parties, the Left has paled into insignificance and a marginal voice in national politics.

Unless it comes out with a new political message and go along with the aspirational India, it cannot survive.
Well, The Telugu lyricist Rightly prophesied that

Kudi Edama ayithe porapaatu ledoyi

Vodi poledoyi..

If the Right turns Left, it’s no blunder, nor it’s a defeat…

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