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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Nothing to fear

The Telegraph reports:
This is one cry of reform from Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee that is not going to please party chief Prakash Karat and the so-called hardliners in the CPM.

The Bengal chief minister would like “100 per cent privatisation” in the building of new ports and airports in India. His party is a known opponent of New Delhi’s attempts to privatise airports and hand them over to even domestic entrepreneurs. But Bhattacharjee struck a dramatically different note today.
The last line of the article will also make smoke come out of Prakash Karat's ears:
He [Bhattacharjee] assured investors that they had nothing to fear from his government just because it was called the Left Front government.
Heh. Well, power does bring some sort of responsibility, and Bhattacharjee, being responsible for the well-being of his state, can't ignore the right course of action beyond a point, even it it does go against his party's objectives. At the centre, though, the Left is not part of the government, and is merely supporting it from outside. This gives them power without responsibility, the most dangerous political combination possible.
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