The following "Writing in Red
" were put forth by the Communist Party of India. Communists claim to fight fundamentalists forces but ironically they religiously stick to the red book to do it!Third Alternative
The ‘Third Alternative’ was much in mention at the CPI(M) congress. The phrase featured in party general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet’s speech. For the record, the Third Alternative has nothing to do with the Third Front. The CPI(M) has vowed to go it alone, make the party stronger, avoid opportunistic alliances and build the party from grassroots
. And then, it will provide the Third Alternative alone.Comrades world over
Foreign delegates from 27 countries, all representatives of Communist parties
, are attending the congress. The loudest applause, however, was reserved for members from Cuba, Vietnam and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. There are two comrades from North Korea as well.
Bengal’s right for Left
It was more than coincidence that most Kerala Politburo members were sitting to the left on the dais. Surjeet and Basu sat to the right where most other young Bengal comrades were seated. The interpretation doing the rounds — power in the CPI(M) is heavily tilted towards Bengal. Of course, Sitaram Yechury sat on the first row while Prakash Karat occupied a discreet seat on the second row.No mourning Pope
The CPI congress in Chandigarh had stepped into a row by condoling the death of the Pope, praised in the West for doing great damage to Communism. The CPI(M) was more prudent — there was no mention of the Pope.Red TV on Marxist menu
The CPI(M)-promoted Malayalam channel Kairali Television had a crew ready for live coverage of the Marxist menu. Channel representatives, however, maintained the reportage had been kept minimal and there would be no special shows.