Communist protests against joint air exercises would have been funny…

But for the fact that the joke is on the people of West Bengal

Not content with being an albatross around the UPA government’s neck, India’s voluble Communists are planning to picket an Indian Air Force base in West Bengal. AFS Kalaikunda will be the site for Cope-India 2005, during which the Indian and the United States air forces will engage in joint exercises and play out “cooperative security”.

West Bengal, of course, is India’s Communist heartland. Having sold anti-Americanism to their supporters for so many decades, and having recently excoriated Dr Manmohan Singh for furthering the transformation of India’s policy towards the United States, the comrades could hardly have been expected to miss the opportunity — one that landed in their backyard — to embellish their credentials in front of their home crowd. The Indian Air Force is not likely to be overly bothered about the commotion outside their base.

Communists actually running a government, whether in Beijing or in Calcutta, sadly have a job to do. But their counterparts outside government continue revel in the perverse pleasures of supporting the government but opposing every one of its policies. But the price of making this point comes at the expense of West Bengal’s decrepit economy. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and his Asim Dasgupta, his finance minister are trying to change West Bengal’s image as a strike-ridden, unionised underperformer. So if Dasgupta postpones his trip to the United States — to attract foreign investment — the net losers will be the people of the state. But who said Communists care for the people?

3 thoughts on “Communist protests against joint air exercises would have been funny…”

  1. I wonder what reason prevents the Indian Communists from doing something about illegal immigrants (read mostly terrorists\prospective terrorists) from Bangladesh, right on their doorsteps, which has been going on for decades and causing a huge security risk for India?
    If they have to do something to catch the public imagination to feel wanted by the Indian polity, why don’t they do something tangible about some real problems about the poor that they think they represent, instead of organising circus every other weekend in West Bengal.

    Please enlighten us all if there are any comerades reading this. May be you have a valid reason and you’ve kept in marvelously hidden from the masses.

  2. I am extremely tired with these treasonous traitors .. How does someone prevent this lunacy. Looks like only a dissolution of the Parliament, & fresh elections should determine how much support these lunatic leftists have on the ground. What could possibly precipitate a mid-term election – a Yes vote on Iran again in November and go ahead on the airport privatisation followed by the PSUs, Natwar’s guilt on the Oil for Food program..Will the Congress play ball?
    If the Communists get booted out of their base, well and good..
    Well.. if they get more seats then God save our country.

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