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CPI(M) and Warner Bros

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Aditya Nigam's critiques of the CPI(M) seems to have reached an absurd limit ('Logic of Tailed Revolution: Federalisation of CPI(M)', January 29, 2000). He complains that the "ruling group within the party" did not allow Warner Brothers to set up 'a unit in Calcutta, something which he feels will create "employment for the youth of Bengal" (p 265). Nigam offers this example to show us that the 'ruling group' is out of touch with the people and since "they do not have to face the electorate", thus 'group' acts without accountability.

How accountable is Nigam to the facts here? In the mid-1990s, Warner Brothers (a multinational conglomerate that is part of the Time Warner Group) approached various state governments with a proposal to set up multiplx cinema halls. They required land on a cheap lease and a suspension of entertainment tax, an indicator of our recent form of 'liberalisation' and the 'free market' ('free' for such forms of capital, but not for the bulk of us). The governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana signed memoranda of understanding with the multinational, West Bengal refused.

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