Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

USA has since many years been conspiring to clamp its nuclear policies on India. Now it has got a great collaborator in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Antagonism to communism being their common creed, USA has always used Indian right-wingers to advance its interests in this country. The first organized political platform available to it was the Swatantra Party. When USA was admittedly busy in supplying arms to Pakistan to help it grab Kashmir by force, the founder of this party C. Rajgopalachari (Rajaji) had openly pleaded for transfer of Kashmir to Pakistan.

The Communists had aggressively foiled that evil design and peoples of India had so resolutely opposed Swatantra Party that its leaders had to extinguish it to save their own skin. This Party was obliterated from political scenario of India. But its Kashmir stand was a proof of how this rightist party was acting as agent of USA and trying to brainwash people to accept American hegemony.

The country had to suffer the trauma of witnessing assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 when she was the Prime Minister for the fourth term and Mr. Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 when he was going to be the Prime Minister for the second term. Both of them were assassinated in manners as meticulous and mysterious as only a super power organization can plan and carry out.

When to many people, even though the alleged assassins in both the cases have been punished, the real brains behind the ghastly crimes are not yet taken to task, to everybody it is well known that both the assassinated leaders, in latter parts of their respective political careers, had emerged as strong obstacles to advancing tentacles of USA.

After Rajiv Gandhi was wiped out, his widow, now quite conspicuous with her support to the nuke deal that “is so clearly in interest of US of America”, stayed so stoic that the Congress party under utter confusion had to agree to P. V. Narasimha Rao taking over as the Prime Minister.

Rao created history by being sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment with Rs.100, 000 cash fine, convicted for criminal “conspiracy” and “abatement” in the ill-famed JMM Bribe Case filed by the CBI. He could escape the punishment due to prosecution’s lackluster response to his appeal in the high court level, but he shall remain forever a black spot on Indian democracy and people will always remember that he was sentenced as above for having committed offenses under Section 120b of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy) read with Sections 7, 12, 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act as well as substantive offenses under Section 12 for abetment to the crime of bribery. His was an offense against the country but he was not charged for that. He had committed this offense against the country in order only to remain in power.

His remaining in power with Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee as his aids in the cabinet was necessary for USA. Looking back to Mrs. Gandhi’s Prime Ministerial days would help understand this phenomenon.

Mrs. Gandhi’s political partnership with the Communist Party of India had defined India’s progress towards socialism so much that the Constitution of India in its Preamble acquired absolute clarity on its objectives by expanding “Sovereign Democratic Republic” to “Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic”.

For USA, epitome of imperialism, this was the most invincible hurdle in grabbing India. There was no scope to change the Preamble, because the Constitution of India is such formulated and worded that any provision thereof may be amended, but not the objective. And, amending the provisions for amendment of the Constitution is no more a matter of simple majority in Parliament. Therefore, a conspiracy was cooked up to sabotage the Preamble by rendering it inconsequential. Singh and Mukherjee helped Rao to carry out this conspiracy. Liberalization of Indian economy and opening up Indian market to foreign trade in the guise of economic reforms were the tools.

The nation has seen how Rao’s two ministers Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee, had proved very helpful to USA by signing on dotted lines and singing to its tune in matters of GATT and WTO and refusing to place details in the Parliament.

Disgusted of this foul play, peoples of India had rejected Congress in the general elections in May 1996; but in their regime, these agents of plutocracy had destroyed democratic equilibrium so savagely that electoral wisdom could not find a clear expression. The right-wingers took advantage of it and Vajpayee took over as the Prime Minister, though for the shortest period in Indian history. But, addition of his name in the succession list of Indian Prime Ministers helped BJP acquire power again at the end of a tumultuous phase of India’s parliamentary life under two successive Prime Ministers of Janata Dal, H.D.Deve Gowda and I.K.Gujral. With the right-wingers occupying power again, USA was encouraged to advance for netting in India to its nuclear design. Vajpayee had readily agreed.

Voters of India rejected Vajpayee when he was forced to seek a fresh mandate on which he could have proceeded to sign the nuke deal with USA. So, peoples of India, by refusing a fresh mandate to Vajpayee, had refused to accept American nuke proposals.

Manmohan Singh betrayed peoples’ mandate by signing the nuke deal with the USA. The people of India could only came to know of it when, not to the Parliament but to a journalist, he disclosed that the deal is “sealed, signed and non-negotiable” and as if fidgeting, simultaneously he declared, “It is an honourable deal, the cabinet has approved it, we cannot go back on it. I told them – the Communists – to do whatever they want to do, if they want to withdraw support, so be it,” (Singh’s interview published in the Telegraph on 11.8.2007)

Why did he fidget? It was because, he was eager to hide the Hyde Act from the peoples of India as the nuke deal is the offspring of this Act that has in-built mischief to control India’s independence in nuke programs and foreign relations. He fidgeted, because, he had made the deal “sealed, signed and non-negotiable” without consent of Indian Parliament, even though the consent was a must requirement to proceed with the deal. As the World Nuclear News divulged, for the deal to materialize, “The Indian Parliament must agree to the text” of the Hyde Act. But Singh did never place the Act before the Indian Parliament lest it may disagree to the text thereof and under pressure from business houses, made it “sealed, signed and non-negotiable”.

According to the President of Indo-US Business Council, Ron Somers, the American bill for the deal “lays the foundation for major trade and investment opportunities in India for U.S. companies. As many as 27,000 high-quality jobs each year each year for the next 10 years will be created in the U.S. nuclear industry alone.Reuters quoting US top source reported on August 25, 2007 that the deal is a “bonanza for US firms”. This suffices to have an idea of how business lobby mounted on Prime Minister Singh and steered him into signing the deal.

This being the position, the scenarios that we witnessed till withdrawal of leftists’ support was mere drama serials of hoodwinking Indian peoples.

After the withdrawal of leftists’ support, as live telecasted from the Lok Sabha Hall and as peoples of India deeply suspect, wads of slush money cultivated confidence votes for a Prime Minister that has helped USA succeed in clamping its nuclear policies on India.

Come the elections, the USA won’t be able to help Singh retain his position; one may safely predict it knowing Indians’ disposition.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

July 22, 2008 is held as the darkest day in Indian democracy.

This day Prime Minister Manmohan Singh won the confidence vote; but the day, instead of being counted as his victory day, is unambiguously held by one and all as the darkest day in Indian democracy.

In the life of India this day shall remain remarkable, not for victory of democracy, but for defeat of democracy.

What happened?

Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora, three BJP Members of Lok Sabha placed a bag on the table of the LS secretary general in front of the Speaker when debates on confidence motion were going on and fished out of it 10 bundles of currency notes of Rs.1000 denomination, claiming that the cash totaling a crore of rupees that they were placing on the table was given to them in advance against Rs.9 crore offered to them as bribe to create advantage for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The house was stunned and speechless. Deputy Speaker Charanjit Atwal had to adjourn the House hurriedly.

Later to tumults when it resumed, timeservers and renegades saved the government that should surely have breathed its last had the support for the Prime Minister could not have been arranged.

That the support was arranged is clear from the fact that the savers of Singh did not come out openly in his support prior to voting.

There is no evidence to show that political ideology played a role and change in ideological perception of persons who were opposing him till then, helped him bag the support he so badly needed.

This whips up suspicions that there was a secret deal behind the nuke deal.

Archana Nayak of Orissa had told TV channels, how she was offered money and whatever she should ask for in whatever forms she would prefer if only she votes for the government.

Her open allegation is most significant specifically as a few minutes after her statement the Lok Sabha witnessed how from a huge moneybag bundles of currency notes used allegedly to net in opposition support emanated to mock at the rampart of democracy.

So, obviously the support came not from politico-economic ideological reorientation, but from the moneybags pressed into action by agents of the Prime Minister.

This looks more certain as without the security check being slacked by the highest-level authority, such a huge bag stuffed with a crore of rupees could never have entered the Lok Sabha in session on the most sensitive issue since its birth.

As far as BJP members are concerned, it looks impossible on their part to have brought in such a huge bag to the Lok Sabha hall where everything was subjected to meticulous security check over and above the intelligence cover over each of them.

So, if the huge moneybag came from outside, it is normal to suspect that the agents of the Prime Minister had brought it in and in know of this, the security scrutinizers had deliberately allowed it or ignored its entry.

If the security staff did not neglect their duty and if the security scrutiny was not slacked, then it is impossible for the huge moneybag to have entered into the Lok Sabha from outside.

Then wherefrom such huge money came?

Obviously, in such circumstances, it may be suspected that the huge moneybag came from within the Lok Sabha premises and the huge money from the Lok Sabha chest.

If this must be the case, then the Speaker comes within the radar of suspicion.

Either way, the matter has shattered peoples’ faith in management of democracy. The peoples are doubly disturbed, as they doubt that the Prime Minister survived by use of moneybags.

Whether or not the Prime Minister survived by use of moneybags, this is too serious a doubt to be allowed to linger. The more time it takes to be eradicated the more damaging it will be to democracy being a factor of decline in voters’ confidence in the most important functionaries like the Prime Minister and the Speaker.

The Speaker would perhaps never have come into a state of being suspected. But knowingly or unknowingly he has allowed himself to be used by the Prime Minister or to the advantage of the Prime Minister, which has given birth to this decline.

Firstly, he should not have allowed a voteless debate over the issue in the Lok Sabha. To proceed ahead with the nuke deal, the prerequisite was, “the Indian Parliament must agree to the text” of the Hyde Act on the basis of which 123 agreement was to be signed. That we have published this prerequisite many a times in these pages indicates that the need for Indian parliament “to agree to the text” of the Hyde Act as a “must” was known to others and available to the knowledge of everybody. So, it was imperative for the Speaker to study and stress on this aspect. Had he insisted upon the need of the Lok Sabha “to agree to the text” of the Hyde Act as a “must”, the house could have debated on the “text” of that Act and “agreed (or disagreed) to the “text” thereof and the Prime Minister should have proceeded accordingly and the present debacle would never have occurred. That did not happen.

Secondly, the Speaker should have resigned from his post in honoring the party line. He was never an apolitical man to hold the post. He was there by virtue of being a member of the CPI(M) party, which had bagged the post for a party person by way of bargain in exchange of support to Congress-led UPA. When the party withdrew support, the Speaker should have relinquished the post the party had bagged in exchange of the support. But he did not do that. He gave two grounds. One, as Speaker he is apolitical and cannot be called for to act in party lines. Two, he cannot vote against the government as that would mean doing what the BJP would be doing and acting, even indirectly, in unison with a communal party like the BJP would be contrary to his political ideology as a communist. It was self-contradictory. Remaining apolitical cannot be the same as remaining antagonist to a particular political party. Moreover, for a communist, between imperialism and communalism, elimination of the former must be top priority and hence, ethically, there was no wrong in voting against the Prime Minister to save the country from imperialism, even if that meant working in unison with the communalists.

Thirdly, being the guardian of probity in Lok Sabha, he should not have allowed convicted criminals to come from prisons to vote on the confidence motion. Dismissal of members for violation of probity in raising questions in the House was a strong ground to disallow convicted criminals to participate in the vote. The dignity of the House was in severe jeopardy as TV channels showed the criminals to public as they were proceeding into the Parliament to participate in voting. Deliberate or not, the Speaker did not do anything discernible to uphold the dignity of the House in this case.

Fourthly, with money bundles to the tune of a crore of rupees hitting hard the House as the money used to purchase advantage for the Prime Minister and submission of the video records depicting such serious offence against the Lok Sabha, it was imperative on part of the Speaker to defer, in cause of probity and parliamentary dignity, the vote taking till the doubts were totally cleared on earnest investigation and the culprit or conspirator fully exposed. But the Speaker did not do that.

In the circumstances, one regrets to note that if democracy in India is in danger, precipitators are both the Prime Minister and the Speaker.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh succeeded in arranging “yes” for American interest in nuke trade in India, but democracy deranged in the dirty process of confidence vote that he had to seek after withdrawal of support by the left parties on the nuke deal issue.

Evidently he organized his survival in power as a few number of lower house MPs who had been constantly opposing him apostatized themselves all on a sudden to his support and a few of the renegades absented themselves to reduce the number-load so that Singh should survive with lesser number of members in his pocket.

When 256 disciplined members consciously voted against him on their respective party lines, Singh bagged 275 votes in his support that included votes of defectors and timeservers even when as many as 10 members including the confused Trinamul Congress chief remained absent.

Had the three BJP MPs who displayed bundles of currency notes worth a crore of rupees in the Lok Sabha received in advance allegedly as bribe to support Singh decided to honor the offer, the number of timeservers in his side might have further increased and Singh might have bagged three more votes, with votes against him reduced by equal numbers.

But the three MPs, as they claim, took a TV channel to confidence and through it captured the venal act and then submitted the video record to the Speaker in his chamber and simultaneously displayed the slush money that Singh side had given them in the Hall of the House in front of everybody present.

The House was speechless, till finally voting time came.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Reply of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the debates on confidence vote has been postponed till 6.30 p.m. as bundles of crores worth currency notes allegedly offered to 3 members of BJP to purchase their support for the government hit the House and rendered it speechless much ahead of scheduled closure of debates.

Even as the government side is trying to strike over it a brush of conspiracy, BJP claims to have placed the proof before the Speaker as caught by reputed TV channel camera.

This is, either way, a black day in the life of Indian democracy, confess both the sides, notwithstanding how it affects the confidence vote.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Dear Prime Minister Dr. Singh, please quit. The way you are busy in collecting support to sustain the confidence motion has already ruined peoples’ confidence in you.

Media, both print and electronic, have hit Indians hard with reports of how MPs are being considered as price-tagged commodities whose cost vary from one to hundred crores of rupees in transaction of the vote of confidence that you need so badly to stay in power.

TV channels have wrecked havoc on our collective sense of democratic decency by focusing even on the dishes you offered in dinner to MPs who support you.

Absolutely obnoxious.

If you perchance win the vote of confidence, you will continue to be devoid of the confidence of the peoples of India who hereafter will never believe that you won the number game in the House by virtue of probity and principled support.

Along with you, every Member of Parliament, who notwithstanding not belonging to UPA would support you, will also be looked at askance by the people, even though they might not be carrying any visible price tag and even though in reality they might have been above horse-trading.

You have dragged our democracy to such a devastative mess! This displayed portion of American “INSIDE BRIEFFING” clearly shows that advancing in the nuke deal matter was dependant on the prerequisite that “Indian Parliament must agree to the text” of the Hyde Act and the123 Agreement generated by this Act.

You kept this prerequisite hidden from the Parliament and the peoples of India. You should have accepted the prerequisite and placed the “text” of the Hyde Act and of the 123 Agreement before the Parliament and asked the members to “agree (or disagree) to the text” thereof and acted accordingly. It could have shown you as a duty bound democrat; but you did not do it. Why? Only you and your cohorts know.

And, by not doing this democratic duty, you have dragged the country to such a crisis that political flesh has become a tradable commodity and the MPs have become objects to mock at.

Please don’t ruin parliamentary democracy any more and quit.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

On release of the India-specific safeguards agreement that India Government had kept hidden, even refusing to place it before the UPA-Left panel, a marginal number of pro-imperialism intelligentsia of India and mainstream media have churned out comments criticizing mostly the critics to whom the nuke deal with USA in the form and style felt is not in consonance with Indian interest.

Academically these comments are noteworthy. Samples:

“Indo-US Nuclear Deal in Perspective” by B Raman;

“Parsing the India-specific safeguards agreement”: by Siddharth Varadarajan in The Hindu, 12 July 2008;

“Close reading the IAEA safeguards” by C Raja Mohan in The Indian Express on 11 July 2008, online;

“The Cat’s Out” – Times of India Editorial, 11 July 2008;

“IAEA safeguards agreement takes care of India’s strategic interests” by Amitabh Sinha in The Indian Express, 12 July, 2008

“Interests safeguarded: Nuclear sovereignty not compromised” The Tribune editorial, 12 July, 2008 etc.

People like Brajesh Mishra and M R Iyer also have come out in praise of the IAEA agreement.

Against this backdrop, we have published the draft agreement for anybody to go through its text.

But what we miss in the comments referred to above and in similar write-ups is that the real culprit that has precipitated the political predicament in India over the nuke deal is conspicuous by its absence in them.

That culprit is ‘lack of concern for democracy’.

It was prerequisite for proceeding with the deal that “Indian Parliament must agree to the text” of the Hyde Act, as this is the Act under which the 123 Agreement is generated and this is the Act by which the nuke-deal will be controlled.

Therefore Prime Minister Singh should have placed the Hyde Act before the Indian Parliament for the Parliament to agree to the text of this Act. If the Parliament of India would not have agreed to its text, he should have stopped proceeding with the deal. But, he surprised the country by declaring in August 11, 2007 all on a sudden that the deal with USA “is sealed, signed and non negotiable”! Since then the country has been pushed into the bitterest turmoil. It is now everybody’s knowledge that he is busy in horse-trading.

He has not only reduced relevance of Parliament by not placing the “text” of Hyde Act for the members to agree or disagree, but also has blackened its image by sticking to power in order to facilitate horse-trading to continue in power!

Why he and Sonia Gandhi are so very mad to help USA clinch the deal? And, that too, to the total disadvantage of India?

I am afraid; people of this country will never again take Singh into confidence. But such an unfortunate decadence in his credibility would not have occurred had he placed the “text” of the Hyde Act before the Indian Parliament and left it for the Members to “agree (or disagree) to the text” thereof.

His motive in not taking this correct and prerequisite step is clandestine; but his advocacy that the Hyde Act has no relevance to the nuke deal being on records, generates biting suspicions against him.

“Washington would not support India’s case if it was contrary to the Hyde Act”. This is the version of US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. So, this Hyde Act kept hidden from Indian Parliament, even though it is meant to control the operation of the deal, by Prime Minister Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi is a serious offence against the country.

Moreover, on April 23, 2008, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee was on records to have said, “Parliament has the real authority to say yes or no to a treaty”. Sure, he knew what he meant by the words “yes or no”. He had used these words, as he knew that the deal’s prerequisite term was “Indian Parliament must agree to the text” of the deal.

Surprisingly, instead of asking the Parliament to say “yes” or “no” to the nuke deal, Singh’s government either used or misled the Speaker to limit the role of Parliament to help the government in assessing not the “yes” or “no” of members to the deal, but only to “take” “sense” of the House!

But in spite of such serious offence against the country, Singh and Sonia feel no qualms in boasting of cultivated support from persons like Mulayam Singh Yadav. This man whom voters of UP have thrashed down to dust for his anti-people activities, has declared that he would support Singh and Sonia because the nuke deal is essentially beneficial to the country. But this was the man who on September 30, 2007 had declared that he and his party would support any no-trust motion against UPA government if they do not discard the nuke deal, as the deal would be most catastrophic for the country! Why Mulayam has changed his color so swiftly?

Media and intelligentsia should also have tried to see the reason. But they have failed to see.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If you want to know as to what extent one can be shameless, look at the Congress and assess.

This party had taken lead to free India from foreign traders and to give democracy to Indians. But this party is now menacingly busy in destroying Indian democracy and to subjugate the country to another set of foreign traders.

Members of this party are not ashamed of this fall!

This party had given a Prime Minister to India in Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who had founded and led the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that had 118 countries of the world as its members comprising nearly two-third of the strength of United Nations and at least 55 percent of the world population united to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries” in their “struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, Zionism and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics.” But this party has now a Prime Minister in Manmohan Singh whose single point program is to push India into hegemony of US of America and to obliterate all that its founder Prime Minister had stood for.

Members of this party are not ashamed of this fall!

This party had given India a Prime Minister in Lal Bahadur Sastri, who in his simple lifestyle had the most majestic leader the world could ever had and who in his small physical frame was as if the personification of the proud Himalayan Mountains. Peoples of India were seeing their collective identity in this leader, who had foiled Pakistan’s 1965 Operation Gibraltar. In the words of the US Department of State, through this adventure, “the Pakistani army (had) attempted to take Kashmir by force”. Sastri had gagged this gigantomachy by a prompt, proper and patriotic counterattack that saw every farmer of India woke up to his immortal words “Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan” emerged as a soldier in defense of the motherland. But the real villain that India vanquished in this war was the US of America whose “relations” with Pakistan “had been more consistently positive”. Its nexus with Pakistan was so nefarious that notwithstanding knowing that Pakistan “had joined the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) in 1954 and the Baghdad Pact (later renamed the Central Treaty Organization, or CENTO) in 1955 to develop its military and defensive capabilities, which were substantially weaker than those of India” it felt no qualms in saying in a US Department of State document that it had “supplied arms to Pakistan in these years”. But now this party has a Prime Minister in Manmohan Singh who has been lobbying for USA to the detriment of Indian democracy and sovereignty.

Members of this party are not ashamed of this fall!

This party had given India a Prime Minister in Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who had avenged USA offences against India by standing strongly with USSR while contributing her might to further strengthening of the Non-Aligned Movement, thereby making USA isolated in world arena and shrunk into its own filthy cocoon. She had fought and won the war against Pakistan in 1971. She had made Pakistan surrender on 16th December 1971 at the summit of her success in bifurcating that country, which, pampered by USA had always been conspiring against India. She had defeated USA evil design and had stunned President Nixon and his cohort Kissinger so much by her diplomatic excellence that they had no other way than keeping on leash the ill-famed 7th fleet, which they had pressed into the sea on India’s eastern coast to assist Pakistan in its war against India. Mrs. Gandhi had elevated India’s sovereign mana by the magic she materialized in the nuclear explosion at Pokhran in 1974, which, in words of the then famous Secretary of State Henry Kissinger of USA, “was a bomb no matter how India described it”. After meeting Mrs. Gandhi and assessing the reality, he had told President Gerald Ford in 1974 that for Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Indo-US relations could improve only on a “more equal” basis and nothing less. Congress had given India such a Prime Minister. But now this party has a Prime Minister in Manmohan Singh, who crawls to serve the interests of US imperialism to the total detriment of India’s sovereign mana, so much so that in order to ensure that nuclear traders of USA get a great “bonanza” by selling their rotten nuclear reactors and hazardous nuclear waste to India, he is busy in capturing Indian MPs of uncategorized political isms through horse-trading to satisfy US President Bush in clamping on India the venomous nuke-deal formulated in USA in interest of USA!

Members of this party are not ashamed of this fall!

This party had given India a Prime Minister in Rajiv Gandhi who, in spite of having lost power and in spite of being under western influence, had the guts to pull down Chandrasekhar government in stark disapproval of refueling USA Warplanes during the Golf war in 1990. But now this party has a Prime Minister in Manmohan Singh who is disregarding Indian democracy to serve the business interest of USA by pushing India into a nuke deal that is “so very clearly” designed to serve the interests of US firms in bagging a “bonanza” for the nuclear trade of America.

Members of this party are not ashamed of this fall!

Of course, after “killing” of Rajiv Gandhi, the mysterious machinations of this party have pronouncedly become pro-American.

P. V. Narasimha Rao, the Prime Minister it gave India after “killing” of Rajiv Gandhi, sabotaged Indian Constitution and rendered its Preamble inconsequential by signing GATT agreement behind back of Indian Parliament to please and satisfy US of America. And, to survive in power so as to pave the way for foreign traders to grab Indian market, he resorted to horse-trading where people like Sibu Soren, whose only commodity was their political flesh, had got caught against a cost exceeding crores of Rupees to keep his bed of power active. He destroyed India, the land of dreams of innumerable martyrs and freedom fighters, the land of Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, the land that every working Indian was holding to be his or her mother; and, in its place, with the help of a pack of scoundrels, he laid the foundation of the empire of exploiters under the mischief of free economy as advanced by the US of America. By wrong application of a judicial observation of the Supreme Court at a stage of a case that the CBI had from the beginning created sans the real thrust, Rao of course had escaped three years rigorous imprisonment; but he was held by Special CBI Judge Mr. Ajit Bharihoke guilty of “conspiracy” and “abatement” in making Sibu Soren & Co his political bed-partners. Despite set free, he shall remain forever a black spot on Indian democracy and people will always remember that he was sentenced to three years’ RI and a fine of Rs. 100,000 being convicted for having committed offences under Section 120b of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy) read with Sections 7, 12, 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act as well as substantive offences under Section 12 for abetment to the crime of bribery. Rao had committed this offence against the country in order only to remain in power so that USA interests could be best served by imperialism replacing socialism as thrust of India. The Constitution of India in its Preamble was giving the direction for building up the country as a Socialist Republic. For imperialism this was the invincible hurdle. There was no scope to change the Preamble, because the Constitution of India has made it clear that any Article thereof may be amended except the Preamble. Rao and his cohorts, who were more eager to serve the interests of USA, had resorted to tricks of subterfuge and had succeeded in rendering the Preamble inconsequential by steering the country to its opposite direction, i.e. “free economy” in terms of imperialism. And, to do this, his government, lacking majority in Lok Sabha, was not competent. He had, therefore, indulged in horse-trading that eventually had gathered a nomenclature as JMM Bribery. This treachery of Rao had embarrassed the Congress party so much that the party had officially tried to distance itself from Rao. The then official spokesman of Congress, Ajit Jogi, in a statement following the judgment had put forth the party version in these words: “In response to the judgment handed down by the special court against Shri P V Narasimha Rao, at the outset the Congress party would like to reaffirm our esteem for the independence of the Indian judiciary. As a political party we are committed to the rule of law. Therefore we are duty-bound to respect the verdict of the court. Doubtless Shri P V Narasimha Rao has the right to appeal. Doubtless he will invoke that right. The judicial process will continue and the law will take its course.” So, officially, at least on records, Congress had distanced itself from Rao who had thrived in power by bribing Sibu Soren and his members of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. But now again this party has a Prime Minister in Manmohan Singh, who with his background of being the principal architect of subterfuge against Indian Constitution as finance minister of Rao, is busy in same sort of horse-trading again with the same Sibu Soren & Co to continue in power so that USA would gain the pleasure of bagging the “bonanza” for her nuclear traders!

Congressmen are shamelessly silent!