Vinaasha kaale vipareetha buddhi, goes the old jungle saying. And nothing illustrates that better than the demand of CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat that Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee quit his post since the Left parties have withdrawn support to the UPA government.
Should Chatterjee stay? Should Chatterjee quit but not vote? Should Chatterjee quit and abstain? Or is a Speaker above all this once he becomes a Speaker? E.P. Unny captures the speaker’s dilemma in the run-up to the trust vote in today’s Indian Express.
Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria on CNN-IBN:
“If the nuclear deal doesn’t go through, I think it limits India’s ability to play a role as a major power because on a crucial issue, India will be outside the tent and always be outside the tent in a furtive status.
“The beauty of the nuclear deal is that it brings India into the tent, into the camp of great powers, firmly and irrevocably and that’s why it’s so important for the Government to grasp it, for it to be taken as a national project. There’s obviously enormous economic benefits but I think at the strategic level, this is the single most important reorientation of India in the 21st century.”