28 September, 2020

Dasvidaniya... Phew!

It had been ‘Ek dhakka aur do’ time ever since 2009 Lok Sabha election —the power punch was delivered last week

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Dasvidaniya... Phew!
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The Left has been in terminal decline all over the globe for decades now. Naturally, therefore, it had become somewhat of an anachronism in India too, though the 2004-08 period marked the high-watermark of its importance in national politics. The writing was on the wall and once UPA-I survived the trust vote in 2008, the CPI(M)’s unravelling began and it’s been unstoppable thereafter. The Left’s critics didn’t have to plot a grand strategy to assist their demise: all that was needed was to demolish its edifice in Bengal, the last showpiece of Soviet-style authoritarianism.

Mamata Banerjee’s alliance reduced the Left to a tremulous entity in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. It had been ‘Ek dhakka aur do’ time ever since—the power punch was delivered last week. The Left has been mauled in Bengal, it’s reeling in Kerala, Tripura is too small to count and the Communists don’t matter elsewhere anyway. So, it’s not premature to write the political obituary of the Left in...

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