The Prime Minister is full of a fresh zeal for reforms after winning the battle on FDI in the parliament. He has targeted opponents by saying that they are either ignorant of global realities or are constrained by out-dated ideology like socialism. The word ‘socialism’ is mentioned in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. Further, the ‘Directive Principles of the State’ in Part Four of the Constitution can be viewed as guiding manifesto for political parties and governments by helping to establish social and economic equality at the earliest. In his attack on opponents, the PM has therefore attacked the very fundamentals of the Constitution. The PM, who has imposed the dictatorship of neo-liberalism on the country by obeying the dictates of the world bodies like WB, IMF, WTO and MNCs, should dare to propose a bill in the parliament to remove the word socialism from the Preamble and the Directive Principles from the Constitution. The Socialist Party also poses this challenge to the political parties who have supported the FDI in the parliament.
The Socialist Party would like to tell the PM that he himself is ignorant of global realities. For him the world is confined to the US, an epitome of capitalist neo-imperialism and developed capitalist countries of the Europe. The profit hungry MNCs of these countries have played havoc in the poor countries. The result is enormous violence, insecurity, fear and hunger. In India, lakhs of farmers have committed suicide; several crore people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition; several crores have been displaced as the result of neo-liberal reforms. Not only will the 4 crore retailers and around 25 crores of their family members face its disastrous affects but farmers will also be badly affected by the entry of multinational retail chain giants like Wal-Mart, Carrefour, Tesco etc.
The PM has no concern for this world of poor and hardworking. For him the only reality is the world of the rich. His new push to reforms, in fact, is a push to make the rich richer. However, he paved the way for the poor and hard working masses to commit suicide or die in conditions of hunger and malnutrition.
The Socialist Party has been fighting against the anti-poor and anti-Constitution decision of FDI in retail from the beginning. The party will now strengthen its fight by spreading awareness among retailers and farmers.
Dr. Prem Singh