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KERALA: CPI(M)–CIA

CIA TONIC FOR MARXISTS

 

CPI(M) says CIA is behind its troubles; for some, it helped!
VIVEK ASRI | Issue Dated: April 22, 2007
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CIA TONIC FOR MARXISTS For quite a while, one was intrigued that the CPI(M) had not seen the US Intelligence agency, the CIA, under every bed. Now the communists must be at peace as they have finally mentioned the CIA as being behind the trials and tribulations of the communist governments in Kerala and West Bengal. Going ballistic, the Communist leadership in Kerala has blamed the CIA for funding the local media. Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said in the Kerala Assembly, “Yes, our intelligence reports indicate a media syndicate. If it’s found serious enough, the Central government would be informed”. Achutanaandan’s rival and Kerala CPI(M) Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan added his bit when he said the CIA had bought off journalists.

The CPI(M) was not done, though. The party believes that the CIA is behind the recent Nandigram massacre in West Bengal as well with Politburo member Brinda Karat saying that American officials had held an ‘unprecedented meeting’ with a leader who mobilised the Muslims in Nandigram. People in political circles believe that communists are trying to place the onus of their crimes on others. “The communists are obsessed about, and suffer from, America phobia. They must come out with definite information and they must also realise that Nandigram is their failure. It was public uproar against the anti-people policies of the communists. To blame somebody else for their own wrongdoings does wnot go well with the public”, BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told TSI on the phone.

This is not the first time that the CPI(M) has blamed the CIA. In 2003, a group of Kerala communist leaders alleged that some of their colleagues had CIA links. Marxist economist and MLA Thomas Isaac was one of those blamed and is now the Finance Minister! Evidently, the CIA is an important tool for career advancement in the CPI(M).
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