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When Karl Marx Meets Indian Communists

to do then is to manufacture or plant some stray bits of evidence of malfeasance or contemplated malfeasance on his or her part against American interests, and to produce this evidence, or apologia of evidence, before a superior authority, so as to receive Clearance from it that such a person deserves to be exterminated. It will be instant justice rendered in a jiffy, and no nonsense of any cissy reservations over the righteousness of such justice being doled out in a foreign country where; technically, American law has no jurisdiction. American machos will not entertain any doubts on this account: American law has global jurisdiction, the laws of other countries are to be declared ultra vires the moment they come into even mild conflict with the whims and prejudices of American counter-intelligence agencies. The prospects this doctrine opens up are indeed mind-boggling. Suppose an American agent, or an informer for an American agents bitten by the love bug, wants to snatch someone's wife or husband; the other party in the marital arrangement may not be overly enthusiastic of the idea; it is no matter, documents may be swiftly manufactured to prove that he or she is engaged in a conspiracy to harm American citizens or American property and therefore richly deserves to be removed from the face of earth; what he or she deserves he or she will assuredly receive, thus smoothening the path of wife/husband-stealing: nothing, after all, is unfair in love or war. What however is more worrying is the total lack of reaction against the outrageous manner the Americans are going about. Radicalism has been stunned into inaction by Comrade Gorbachev's perestroika. The notification issued by the US Information Service has been allowed to pass; no huge demonstrations of protest have been organised by leftist student or youth groups anywhere in the country. It is as if American intelligence agencies have the inherent right to proceed in whichever manner they like, and they do not have to seek clearance from the local authorities. The cock of the road, in other words, has finally arrived, thus immensely pleasing the ghost of John Foster Dulles.

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