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Deng Xiao Ping is credited with the quote “ To be Rich is Glorious”.Many in China made it their guiding philosophy and became rich and in the process created wealth that made others wealthy. But that was in China. In the other communist citadel of India , more specifically in the sate of Kerala , where they still practice the purist form of communism, staying poor is the ideal and the cadres will go to any length to help you to stay poor.

Unlike elsewhere in the country, no farmer here can use things like harvesting machines, unless they have the comrades’ sanction. Each farmer must apply to the local office of the CPM’s Travancore Karshaka Thozhilali Union (TKTU), part of Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union (KSKTU), the party’s farm worker union. The union will then consider the applications on a case-to-case basis, send its own inspection teams to the farms. The comrade-inspectors will determine if enough of their union members are really not available to manually do what farm machines could do a lot cheaper and much more efficiently — at wages fixed by the union.It seems that in Kerala much against the established norm of common sense and governance,the comrades , instead of helping those who are poor to become rich , is actually helping in the process of ensuring that those who by some stroke of fortune are still rich, are reduced to state of penury at the earliest possible opportunity. It would seem that it would take an extreme case of eccentricity or an ideological position not found any where in the democratic world to run a government where the ruling party is consciously taking positions that run counter to common sense and logic.

The comrades agenda is clear. All their unionized members must be given employment and employment opportunities must be created for them by hook or crook and as it appears more by crook. In the absence of any increase in the number of employment opportunities through industrialization or even scientific reform of the agrarian system, the CPM cadres have resorted to micro management in the typical Stalinist idiom by deciding , who should grow what , how many crops are to be sown , to what extent , how many laborers are to be employed and other such details , directly interfering with the farmer’s own right to plan out what to grow and ho much.

One must admire the tenacity of the communists though. While most of India is busy getting rich to trying to be rich at least , the communists demonstrate a dogged perseverance with their ideology that is in many ways worthy of commendation if only it were not so archaic. Where else except among hard core communists can you expect cadres to deny themselves a chance to get rich(yes , there are corrupt cadres , but even with all their corruption, they don’t seem to possess the crores that their party colleagues professing other ideologies or no ideology have).

Last week, I briefly watched a program where the leader of a party which professes socialist lineage an inspiration was being interviewed. The program was titled “ Socialist or Socialite” because of the proclivity of the leader in question to be seen with glamorous Page 3 figures. Between the Samajwads of North India and the blue blooded socialists of the deep South , one does not know where to look and what to choose. But poverty alleviation in a planned process does not appear to be on the agenda of either kind of socialist. And that to me is the real pity.

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