Date: 4 June 2012
The President/General Secretary
The Socialist Party held a day-long dharna at Jantar Mantar on 28 May 2012 against the government’s decision, announced at November end last year, allowing 51 % FDI in retail sector. As you know, the UPA government was forced to withhold the decision following united and stiff protest by the non-Congress political parties. However, the government, adhering to its neo-liberal policies, can possibly declare any time that it would implement the decision anyway. In early May, The US Foreign Secretary Mrs. Hillary Clinton visited India with this agenda at top priority. Mrs. Clinton has served on Wal-Mart board as its director for six years. Indian MD of the French retail giant Carrefour called on Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma a few days ago. It is understood that he raised the issue of allowing FDI in retail at the earliest. This was the cause why the dharna was organised and a memorandum submitted to the President requesting her to advise the government to scrap the decision conclusively.
Ours is a new party and we do not have members in the parliament or legislative assemblies. In case this decision is implemented, it would be disastrous not only for the retailers and farmers of the country but for the culture of the Indian society. We request you therefore to place pressure on the government through the parliament and through other democratic means to scrap this decision immediately.
A copy of the memorandum is attached for your kind perusal, support and action.
With best regards
Dr. Prem Singh