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Indian communists and Israel

The Milli Gazette Online

The 18th Communist Party of India (Marxist) Congress was held in the national capital, New Delhi, and one of its more far-reaching resolutions passed, concerns India’s dealings with Israel. 

CPI (M), by winning 60 seats in the last Parliamentary elections, and becoming an outside coalition partner of the ruling UPA government, appears to be making important headway into the democratic set-up of the new re-aligned political composition that has virtually dissolved the two-party conundrum that could have imposed permanent Brahmanical stranglehold of the two major parties over Indian nations, for decades to come. The new of coalition, thus has given new clout to regional parties to participate more robustly in framing the basic policies of the Central government, including its foreign affairs and economic orientation.

Even though CPI (M), is not in the Union cabinet, the Common Minimum Programme agreement threshed out by all coalition partners does dictate and control the coalition policy guidelines, while according the full participation rights to CPI (M) to make important contributions to broad policy decisions, that the coalition government is duty bound to follow.

The 18th CPI (M) Congress calls India to cease its military co-operation with and all military procurement from Israel.

This shows the level of alarm that has been raised within India’s political circles, around the reckless and short-sighted rush by Brahminical political parties like Congress and the erstwhile ruling BJP-led coalition to embrace Israel, as the first step to be welcomed in US ruling circles. Though, however, much US and Israel are interconnected in the field of military co-operation, the political aims of each are at many levels quite different and contradictory. Israel’s Zionist strategies are not always adopted by the US administration, though at the moment the American Zionist neo-cons do have practically sewed up US administration to their own world-view of total domination of the third world through the use of brutal force, under various spurious pretexts. 

The opening to Israel was initiated by the extremist Hindutva BJP party’s main leaders, including Advani and Vajpayee, in that order, to give out a signal to their arch political enemies, the Muslim minority in India, that contrary to the earlier 50-odd years of the Congress rule, when India carried the flame of Palestinian cause on humanitarian grounds right from the days when Mahatma Gandhi vigorously opposed Israel’s role in Palestine. According to BJP’s thinking, Israelis having dealt with Palestinian insurgency over half a century, could be a good partner to guide Indian Hindutvadis, advising them to how to deal with any insurgency by Muslim ‘terrorists’; specially expected to be active after the demolition of Babri Masjid. Israelis as is their trade mark, instantly enlarged their first tentative entry, to now form a big conduit, impacting on India’s security, intelligence and sophisticated communication requirements. So much so that according to some observers, the very independence, freedom and sovereignty of India is threatened by India’s lop-sided dependence on Israeli intelligence and military procurement arrangements. 

The CPIM’s highest body resolving totally against any Israeli co-operation and military procurement is therefore, a fair warning to India’s ruling coalition, to review its head-long and short-sighted rush to invite Israel to become a virtual strategic partner, when India’s own unfolding prospects through the new global developments in its own neighborhood, would impose a need to remain totally free from any restrictive commitments that could pose serious danger to its future as an economic and military power living in harmonious relationship not only with Asia, but even with Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. 

BJP-oriented media has already taken up cudgel against CPIM’s resolution, branding it ‘most reactionary’. However, the CPI (M) move is bound to become a more widely debated issue in public, as it should, so that clock and dagger operations in the dead of night, without general public becoming aware of the full ramification of such increasing suicidal dependence on a known source of world destabilization, disharmony and conspiratorial subversion should receive deserving public scrutiny. 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

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