Rarely does a politician receive a praise from me, but I believe that the President of the Congress Party in India, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, deserves one this time. Finally, the lady has been able to muster the courage and will to put the country's interest above that of her party in power.
Risking the almost certain withdrawal of the communists'
support for the coalition government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she has labeled these fellows for what they have always been demagogues who don't hesitate to tout their discredited ideology, whatever may be the cost to the people whom they profess to represent. Addressing a political rally in Haryana, Mrs. Gandhi said,
The opponents of the Indo-US nuclear deal are anti-development, prosperity and peace. We should all join hands in giving them a strong response... We must understand that such elements are not only the enemies of Congress but they are also enemies of progress and development.
With the communists spearheading the opposition to the growing Indo-US ties, in particular, the Indo-US nuclear deal, there's little doubt about whom she was referring to. I do expect Mrs. Gandhi's forthright statement to be spun out of shape by the wilier Congress political machine, but as Harry said to Sally when they met, "[It] doesn't matter because the [sex] thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story".
For the Indian communists and their ilk, Marx is an infallible god to die for, America is the evil empire, and the socialist utopia is the holy grail. None of these dogmas will stand the scrutiny of reason or evidence. Communism to me is, therefore, just another religion. Like all other religions, it stands in the way of progress, prosperity, and peace. I doubt if Mrs. Gandhi had meant this when she labeled these fellows as the enemies of progress and development, but I think she should have.
The lady in saffron, white, green, and blue, might have been born in Italy or Timbuktu for all I care, but she has shown herself to be more Indian today than any of those men and women who wrap themselves in the red flag.