"From the Indian bourgeoisie's point of view there was worse news to come. Even more shocking than the result in general, was the success of the Communist Parties. The CPI won five and a half million votes taking 10 seats, while the CPI (M) won 22 million votes and 43 seats. The Left Front combined won a record 59 seats in the election."
This enables the left to topple the coalition at will.
For the first time in the history of independent India the left is in a position to influence the workings of a federal government. Hopefully the Kerala Model will grow into an "India Model".
[ May 24, 2004: Message edited by: Bhayangara Mandan ]
They have won historical 60 seats.Even they are not ready to accept any post for the minister.The reason is clear,They want to dominate the policy from outside but don't want to take responsibility of the decision.West Bengal is 'ideal' example.Its I think one of the poor state in India.Strikes are usual.Many industries have closed down.
Originally posted by Sahir Shibley:
[b] perhaps that sort of thing is ok for us but not ok for the third world.
Yes. A perplexing attitude. Take Afghanistan as an example. Consider the following options
1) The Americans intervened in Afghanistan
2) The Americans did not intervene in Afghanistan
which option could have resulted in greater misery.
If you want to form an opinion think of a woman who was just starting school in 1978. Let's say she was born in the year 1972. She is 32 years old now and illiterate. She could have gone to school if the United States hadn't intervened in Afghanistan. What is this fate worse than death that the champions of democracy saved her from?
I am not saying that a Soviet backed regime could have given her the quality of life you get in a country like the US or Canada. But could it have been a wee bit better than what she got. So what caused the greater misery ?
Then the question "why do they hate us?" sounds extremely naive. Some of them claim it is the beneficiary's hatred of the benefactor. We give aid and get hatred in return. How pathetic? If that were the case the Srilankans would harbour a a pathological hatred toward the Japanese and the Indonesians would loathe the Malaysians. If country X gets 75 percent of it's aid from country Y and 25 percent from the United States then the people of that country should hate country Y four times as much.
Originally posted by Bhayangara Mandan:
If country X gets 75 percent of it's aid from country Y and 25 percent from the United States then the people of that country should hate country Y four times as much.
I don't believe that Mandoo. Only the United States gives aid to other countries. Nobody else has that kind of money.