CPM and Its Past

It is easy to see that the opposition to globalisation by the CPM is only a replication of their past blunders. Had not the CPM opposed even the introduction of auto-rickshaw in the past? Had they not opposed mechanisation of agriculture, modernization of manufacture of coir and coir products, cashew industry, traditional weaving, handicrafts, etc? Are they not responsible for the ruin of agriculture in Kerala and the migration of coir and cashew nut activities to neighbouring states? But for the opposition to computerization by the CPM, Kerala would also have been home to silicon valley type development like Karanataka (Bangalore) or Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad). The opposition to globalisation and liberalisation of the economy is made by the CPM in the name of their opposition to US imperialism forgetting that it is the US which will lose out finally in globalisation. After globalisation, jobs are moving to India and not from India to the US. In fact, if India and China with the support of other developing country members in the WTO are able finally to end agricultural subsidies in the US and Europe, unheard of wealth will flow from rich to poorer countries. For, in that case, India and China will be supplying food to the US and Europe. Traditional occupations will not perish but only will flourish if we take true advantage of globalisation.

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