A red-letter day in the hamaam of Indian politics

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The “high moral ground” was the only figleaf the Left parties were left with in the nudist camp that is Indian politics after their disastrous showing in the 2009 general elections.

On Sunday, 12 July 2009, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) lost even that, as it chose to drop V.S. Achutanandan from the politburo on charges of “indiscipline” and “violating” the organistional structure, while retaining Pinarayi Vijayan, the party’s Kerala secretary, facing a CBI investigation for corruption.

Cartoon: courtesy E.P. Unny in The Indian Express