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Caught between Marx and Market

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[h=1]Preaching austerity but practicing luxury….??[/h][h=1][/h][h=1]Caught between Marx and Market[/h]

The real tragedy (both in personal and social life) begins when the difference between preaching and practice becomes too obvious. And this is what is precisely happening to the ruling Marxists in God’s own country, Kerala. Recent developments in the state have brought out the ugly warts of corruption that dominate the ruling communist dispensation which swears by austerity in public life.

In 2016, the then ruling Congress-led Front, UDF, was swept out of power on corruption charges. The then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was accused of taking crores and sexual favours from a woman (now in jail for the solar scandal) and the then Finance Minister K M Mani was alleged to have collected about `10 crore from the bar owners body for suitably amending the total prohibition policy. A majority of the members of the UDF were placed on the bar of public opinion by the rival Marxist-led Front in the elections.

Now, it is the turn of the Marxists including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, a dyed-in-the-wool Communist, to face corruption and favouritism charges. Three of his ministers have already resigned, the fate of one more is in the balance—all for favours including grabbing government land for private business, appointing close relatives in key positions in state public sector jobs, etc.

This was not all. The party of the proletariat recently faced the worst of the allegations against it. A leading Malayalam newspaper revealed that the son of Kerala CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, a former home minister (number two in the former Left Front government), is being pursued for non-payment of a loan of `13 crore due to a tourism company in Dubai. An Indian citizen and an Arab from Dubai are supposedly partners of the company.

Read more at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2018/feb/03/caught-between-marx-and-market-1767519.html
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