I am writing to thank you for carrying the article titled `Assembly Elections in five states in Nov-Dec 2013: The political and economic system needs to be changed, not merely the party in power' in the November 1-15, 2013 issue of MEL. It is a piece with a concrete analysis of the ground realities of India. Indeed, no clear picture of the situation in India can arise of unless it is based on the recognition that India is in an advanced phase of capitalist development, with most unfolding phenomena based on the contradictions within that system, and the contradictions between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The electoral scene is one in which these contradictions play themselves out in very sharp relief.
Nothing can hide the fact that India is a country with one of the worst human development indices on the planet, with more than half the world's slave population living within its boundaries.
In particular, the five states that are going to the polls now rank among the worst off in the country. This stems from the fact that the bourgeoisie reaps all the riches while the bulk of the population lives in deprivation and poverty, irrespective of which party is in power.
The article points out in a sharp and analytical manner that the root cause of the problem is that the existing economic and political system is one in which the power lies in the hands of the bourgeoisie. As the article points out, it is crucial that the revolutionary transformation of the economic and political system be carried out, first by uniting the all those who want to change it.
Indeed, the CGPI has put forth this alternative program to orient the economy and to guarantee the people's rights, Such a program can result from a new constitution of the country that would guarantee that the people are the rulers, with features such as enabling laws and enforcing mechanisms to ensure inviolability of laws, right to select and recall candidates, etc.
That there is a deep crisis in the camp of the bourgeoisie is evident from the fact that they are again resorting to divisive politics, a major weapon in their hands. The CGPI's call to reject such politics and its call to all political forces to join in order to achieve the empowerment of the people under these circumstances must be commended.
A. Narayan, Bangalore