That rhetoric and events are no substitute for reforms is increasingly becoming evident in the economic sphere. The farmers’ march from Nashik to Mumbai once against highlighted this fact, along with underlining the growing rural distress.
It is instructive to note that the march was organised by the All India Kisan Sabha, the peasants’ wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM. Now the CPM is a party which seems to be on the verge of extinction. Its ideology, which resulted in the death of over 100 million people, has been globally discredited. Yet, the Reds managed an impressive show. The 170-km march to the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha not only saw the participation of 30,000 farmers and tribals, but also elicited considerable support from other sections of society.
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