ചരമ കോളത്തിനും ഫ്യൂച്ചേഴ്സ് ട്രേഡിങ്ങോ?

Deepak R. March 18, 2011

മാതൃഭൂമിയില്‍ മാര്‍ച്ച് 16-നു വന്ന കാര്‍ട്ടൂണ്‍.


March 16, 2011

March 18, 2011

എടാ, നീയല്ലെ ഇന്നലെ ചത്തത്?
ഫൂ. നിന്നോടാരു പറഞ്ഞെടാ ഈ പച്ച കള്ളം.

കള്ളമൊന്നുമല്ല, ഞാന്‍ എല്ലാ പത്രങ്ങളുടെ ചരമ കോളത്തിലും നിന്റെ ഫോട്ടോ കണ്ടല്ലോ?
അയ്യോ, ചരമ കോളത്തിനും ഇവന്മാരു "ഫ്യൂച്ചേഴ്സ് ട്രേഡിങ്ങ്‌" തുടങ്ങിയാ? എന്നാലും ഏതാ ഈ വാര്‍ത്തയുടെ സോര്‍സ്?

കാലന്റെ ലാപ്റ്റോപില്‍ നിന്നുമുള്ള ലിസ്റ്റില്‍ നിന്റെ പേരുണ്ടുയാരുന്നെടെ. കാലന്റെ പോത്ത് തന്നെ ലിസ്റ്റ് ചോര്‍ത്തി കൊടുത്തെന്നാ വാര്‍ത്ത. അതങ്ങനെ തെറ്റാവാന്‍ വഴിയില്ല. ഈ പോത്ത് ഇപ്പോ നാട്ടിലെ എല്ലാ പത്രങ്ങളുടെയും സ്ഥിരം റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടറാ. നിങ്ങളു സത്യം പറ. നിങ്ങള് ഇന്നലെ ചത്തില്ലെ?
ചത്തത് നിന്റെ ... ഓടിക്കോണം.

എന്നാലും പോത്തിനു അങ്ങിനെ തെറ്റുമോ? തെറ്റിയത് കാലനായിരിക്കാനെ വഴിയുള്ളൂ. കാലന്‍ ഇവനെ കൊല്ലാന്‍ പിടിച്ചിട്ട് പിന്നെ പിള്ളേരുടെ കരച്ചിലു കേട്ട് വിട്ട് കളഞ്ഞതായിരിക്കും. എന്നാലും ഈ കാലന്‍ പറ്റിച്ചല്ലോ. ശ്ശെ, ഒരു അടിയന്തിരം ഉണ്ണാമെന്നു കരുതിയതാ. കെട്ടിയ പന്തലും, അടിച്ച നൂറ് മില്ലിയും വെറുതെയായല്ലോ കാലമാടാ ...

വസ്തുതകളോടു വിശ്വാസവും, വായനക്കാരോടു ഉത്തരവാദിത്ത്വവും, എഴുത്തുന്നതിനോട് ആത്മാര്‍ത്ഥതയും ഇല്ലാത്തവരെ എതിര്‍ക്കാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല ഇങ്ങനെ പുച്ഛിക്കാനെ കഴിയു. ക്ഷമിക്കുക.

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ഒരു കാക്ക പുരാണം

പണ്ട് പണ്ട് തെക്കന്‍ തിരുവിതാംകൂര്‍ ഭരിച്ചിരുന്ന രാജാവ് ശശിയുടെ രാജ സദസ്സ്. അവിടെ തറയില്‍ ഒരു സ്വര്‍ണ്ണനാണയം ആരുടേയും ശ്രദ്ധയില്‍ പെടാതെ കെടപ്പുണ്ടായിരുന്നു.

പെട്ടെന്ന് ഒരു കാക്ക വന്ന് ആ നാണയം കൈക്കലാക്കി. പിന്നെ ഒരേ മൊട തൊടങ്ങി. അട്ടഹാസവും ബഹളവും. " ഹ ഹ ഹ !! വില്ലാളി വീരനായ ശശി രാജാവിന്റെ സദസ്സില്‍ നിന്ന് ഞാന്‍ സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ നാണയം അടിചെടുത്തെ ..Yay Yay !!"

ഇത് കേട്ടു രാജാവിനു വല്ലാത്ത ക്ഷീണമായി. " ആരവിടെ ! ഈ പേട്ടു കിളിയുടെ കയ്യില്‍ നിന്നും ആ നാണയം പിടിചെടുക്കൂ..!! " ഭടന്മാര്‍ ഓടിപോയി കാക്കയുടെ കയ്യില്‍ നിന്നും നാണയം പിടിച്ചെടുത്തു. ശശി രാജാവിനു സന്തോഷമായി.

കാക്ക വിടാന്‍ ഭാവമില്ല. പിന്നേം മൊട. അട്ടഹാസവും ബഹളവും പിന്നെ കരച്ചിലും. " കീയോ കീയോ !! വില്ലാളി വീരനായ ശശി രാജാവ് , പൊണ്ടാട്ടിക്കു പണ്ടം പണിയാന്‍ പാവമാമെന്റെ നാണയം തട്ടിപ്പറിച്ചെ..!!

ഇത് കേട്ടു രാജാവിനു വല്ലാത്ത ക്ഷീണമായി. " ആരവിടെ ! ഈ പേട്ടു കിളിക്ക് ആ നാണയം എറിഞ്ഞു കൊട്. കൊണ്ട് പോയി ചാവട്ട്..! നാശം. " ഭടന്മാര്‍ ഓടിപോയി നാണയം കാക്കയ്ക്ക് എറിഞ്ഞു കൊടുത്തു. ശശി രാജാവിനു സന്തോഷമായി.

കാക്ക വിടാന്‍ ഭാവമില്ല. പിന്നേം മൊട. അട്ടഹാസവും ബഹളവും. " ഹ ഹ ഹ !! വില്ലാളി വീരനായ ശശി രാജാവ് പാവാമാം ഈ കാക്കയെ പേടിച്ചു സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ നാണയം തിരിച്ചു തന്നേ !! Yay Yay !!"


നമ്മുടെ മാധ്യമ കാക്കകള്‍ ഇങ്ങനെ മൊട ഇട്ടോണ്ടേയിരിക്കും.


1 പിണറായിയും കോടിയേരിയും കലിപ്പ്

2 വി. എസ്സിന് സീറ്റില്ല.

3 കാരണം അനാരോഗ്യം

4 എനിക്കാരോഗ്യം ഇല്ലല്ലോ. പ്രചാരണത്തിന് എന്നെ ഓസിനു കെട്ടി എഴുന്നള്ളിക്കണ്ട എന്ന് വി. എസ്

5 ചര്‍ച്ചകള്‍ ചര്‍ച്ചകള്‍ !! പോരാട്ട വീര്യം പടിയെറങ്ങുന്നു. വി. എസ് അല്ലാതെ ആര്‍ക്കും ഒന്നും ചെയ്യാന്‍ പറ്റൂല്ലാന്നു ഒരു ഐ.എ.എസ്സുകാരന്‍.

6 ലിസ്റ്റ് വരുന്നു

7 പുതിയ സീക്വെന്‍സ് : 7(i) കേന്ദ്രം കലിപ്പില്‍ 7(ii) അവൈലബിള്‍ പി.ബി. 7(iii) കൊടെടാ സീറ്റെന്നു പി.ബി 7(iv) അതിനു റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടിംഗ് ഒന്നും വേണ്ട. തീരുമാനം എസ്.എം .യെസ്സായി പിണറായിക്ക്. 7(v) "അടിയന്‍" എന്ന് കള്ള "റായി" 7(vi) വീണാ ! നമ്മള്‍ "നേരത്തേ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് ചെയ്ത പോലെ" തന്നെ പി.ബി യെടപെട്ടു വി.എസ്സിന് സീറ്റ് വാങ്ങിച്ചു കൊടുത്തെന്നു ഇന്ത്യ വിഷനിലെ ഒരു ചേട്ടന്‍ 8 മനുഷ്യന്‍ ജെയിച്ചു ദൈവം തോറ്റു എന്നാ റയിമില്‍ വി.എസ് ജെയിച്ചു പാര്‍ട്ടി തോറ്റു എന്ന് എല്ലാരും ചേര്‍ന്ന് മംഗളം പാടുന്നു.

Excellent !!!

Excellent !!!

Good joke!

മുഖം മോശമായതിന് കണ്ണാടി പോട്ടിക്കുകയാനല്ലോ കഴിഞ്ഞ കുറെ വര്‍ഷങ്ങളായി ഇടതുപക്ഷക്കാര്‍ ചെയ്യുന്നത്.... സ്വന്തം തെറ്റ് മറച്ചു പിടിക്കാന്‍ മാതൃഭുമിയെയും മനോരമയേയും കുറ്റം പറഞ്ഞിട്ടെന്താ കാര്യം? ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് പത്രങ്ങളും റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട്‌ ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് ഇതൊക്കെ തന്നെ അല്ലെ? കൂടാതെ "നല്ല പത്രം" എന്ന് പൊതുവേ ഇടതു പക്ഷക്കാര്‍ പറയുന്ന കേരള കൌമുദിയും ഇതു തന്നെ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട്‌ ചെയ്തു. അപ്പൊ പിന്നെ വെറുതെ മാത്രുഭുമിയുടെയും മനോരമയുടെയും കഴുത്തിന്‌ പിടിക്കുന്നതെന്തിനാ ?

Role of a mirror

Dear Anoop,

Thanks for the comment. This is my attempt to address the same.

The article criticizes the actions of media in general. Mathrubhoomi and Manorama are cited as specific examples. The choice of the examples is primarily a matter of personal taste (of the author) and also, in this case, to a lesser extend influenced by the fact that they top the circulation charts in Kerala. You can see the links to English media reports among the comments, they (including the Hindu) are also equally culpable in this particular reporting. For that matter, Deshabhimani, though understandably clean in this case, consistently makes similar mistakes in other cases.

On your comment that the face of the left has tarnished, as of now the comment is only at the level of your personal opinion and hence beyond any debate now. But even if I accept, for argument's sake alone, that you are right, don't you believe that even an ugly face is rightful in demanding to a "mirror" that it should be honest in its reflection? Hence this particular instance of malicious reporting cannot be justified based on the case history of the left even if it (in your opinion) is ugly.

In fact, the pertinent question implicit in your comment (as I understand it) is that Why is this a case of bad reporting? I consider it bad, because when you report something as a news (as opposed to an opinion column), you should have at hand (and ideally cite) verifiable and hence falsifiable reference. If you rely on "trusted but anonymous" sources, then you should explicitly state so in your report and leave the judgment of truth of the report (and the credibility of the "trusted" source) to the reader. ('You' in the last two sentences refers to the media and not to the commenter)

Dear Deepak, Thanks for the

Dear Deepak,

Thanks for the reply.

My comment was mainly because of the way that CPM members and supporters alike have blamed Mathrubhumi and Manorama for having a propaganda against them. I have friends who say something on the lines of "reading Mathrubhumi makes you an idiot". But what I don't understand is, how can a newspaper (or in the case of CPM, all newspapers and channels) continue false reporting for almost a decade? CPM secretary has been very vocal against the "maadhyama syndicate" for a long time now. Now I am getting a feeling that CPM is actually manipulating with the media rather than the other way round. They are giving false reports to the media (in the name of scoops). Common sense suggest that some members of the party would have given this news out for the whole media to report. The state committee meeting and state secretariat meeting happens behind closed doors and its too easy to give false news to manipulate the media.

Thanks, Anoop

Media and the Left

I would personally have enjoyed and applauded it if it was a drama played by the CPIM. Simply because that would have exposed the credibility of the "trusted sources" for one, and more importantly for the lack of basic media ethics (respect for facts and proofs) among most media houses. You would have noticed that even when Mr. Chennithala and Mr. Chandy made allegations (post March 19th) that CPIM was playing a drama, the media houses were careful not to state it as the media's assessment of the situation. They were still echoing the "popular dissent subverting the state committee via the available PB" explanation. Probably this is because the "drama explanation", on a closer examination, would tarnish the media's credibility and not that of the CPIM.

The more serious observation that you have made, is regarding the decades long antagonism between the CPIM and the media. It is not at all surprising if we note that most of the media is funded (via advertisements), and a majority of them controlled (via the director boards) by the corporates. And it would be in the interest of the corporates to weaken any left voice anywhere in the world.

Hence, I would take the hostility of corporate controlled media's antagonism with the CPIM as a strong evidence for the anti-corporate position and potential of the CPIM.

Thanks for the discussion dear Anoop.

kashtam thanne.. raashtreeya

kashtam thanne.. raashtreeya bodham aakam. but athu thalakku pidikkaruth. All the dailies and medias reported the same story except Desabhimani and \kairali.

Thanks

The fact that almost the entire media reported on the same line is what makes this issue so demanding of wider public attention. I do not deny the right of the media to actively trace out "sources" of information. But what I find disgusting is that they do not mention that it is an investigative report, but instead parade it as an unfalsifiable fact.

Anyway, thanks for the advice. After reading K. R. Meera's article in today's Mathrubhoomi (center page), I was wondering whether even having a "rashtreeya bodham" was a crime. Your advice would help me to keep going.

Bodhi Commons was recommended

Bodhi Commons was recommended to me as a serious effort towards a left oriented critique; this is the first article that I went through and I am terribly disappointed. Deepak criticises the 'inaccurate' reporting culture of the mainstream media in kerala but I would categorise his arguments listed out clearly in 'The role of a mirror' as technical rather than political. I am of the opinion that one of the very few true things that the state secretary of the CPIM has said over the last few years is that mathrubhumi is a 'manjappathram'. This comment is true for almost all mainstream media in the state and it is common knowledge that they are fully run as corporate entities and do not give much importance to journalistic ethics. So all the apprehensions that Deepak raises here are pertinent; but the question is: are they the most pertinent ones?

We may discuss for ever about the technicalities of good reporting and the need to adhere to them but in this case they are not terribly important. Granted that the reporting is driven by anti-left sentiment and is aimed at exploiting the differences in the party, but what was reported was true. It is true that none of the district committees included VS's name in their list, it is also true that inspite of strong opposition the state secretariat, with implicit support from Prakash Karat and Ramachandran Pillai, decided to face the elections under the able leadership of Kodiyeri. The decision met with serious opposition in the state committee too which was also brushed aside. As protests mounted from the public as well as from various district committees the available PB asked the state leadership to reconsider their stance and the decision was taken that VS would lead LDF. If Deepak thinks that none of this happened and everything was just cooked up by 'Media Syndicate', then I have nothing to say. Instead, if the argument is that the reports had elements of truth in it but they were not presented with the recquired standard of journalistic ethics, then I would say that we are missing the point. The party's official stand is that nothing happened (but not even state committee members are ready to take that stand in public discussions) and that those who protested had nothing to do with the party. Most of the reported protest marches were taken out in kannur – kasargod districts including places like madikkai, kalyasseri, payyannur etc. Not even the most pro – right elements in kerala would have the audacity to claim that a group of 100-200 men with no connections with the party would be able to take out a procession with party flags and photos of VS in any of the above mentioned places. Furthermore, the comrades in the above mentioned places know their politics like the back of their hand; to think that comrades in madikkai would take out a procession, with full support from the local party setup, criticising the state party leadership based on some cooked up story in corporate media is foolishness. Party villages witnessed high voltage protests because of the realisation from the part of the comrades that in refusing to field VS, the party official leadership is trying to dismiss the politics advocated by him over the last 10 years and that there is a very planned effort to take the party in the direction of corporate ideology. It is very sad that such a realisation or a discussion about the same does not find even a mention in this article; instead it tries to hide behind relatively trivial issues like how and how not to report this news. I am of the strong opinion that what is needed and expected in portals such as this is sincerity and courage to face existing problems head on rather than trying to mystify them by raising purely 'academic' arguments (and that is not intended as a complement).

For me, there are at least 3 issues to be addressed here:

1) Given that much of what the corporate media reported about this affair was true, the first question that needs to be asked is how do they get such detailed accounts of what is going on in almost all committees of the party? This has become so common by now that it has seized to appall us, but never the less it remains a grave issue. Some time ago, Gouridasan Nair wrote a small piece in The Hindu in which he talked about how difficult it was to get even small hints of what was going on in official committees of the party even in the 80s. He recalls waiting outside AKG Bhavan for hours and hours without having a clue of what is going on inside. The situation is completely different now only because the committee members are ready to secretly brief the media about everything that goes on inside. This speaks volumes about the complete lack of ideological commitment in the higher echelons of the party. Instead of lamenting the lack of ethics on the part of the media, it would be better if we first address our own moral degradation.

2) In a communist party like CPIM, contesting the election and even being a minister should rightfully be seen as minor matters. Whoever dons the role of an MLA or a minister, the policies and decisions that will be executed will be the party's; this has been the general perception till the recent past. Then why does the decision not to field VS in the 2011 election become this much of an issue, why does it inflame passions among even the most dedicated cadre of the party, why does it spontaneously bring them to the streets in large numbers? Is it because they are slavishly addicted to the personality cult of VS; in that case are these protests driven by the same emotions that drive the bengali cricket fans who protest against the exclusion of Saurav Ganguly from the Indian team? Yes is the answer provided to us by the offically endorsed marxist scholars like Madhavankutty, Bhasurendra Babu or M G Radhakrishnan. (It would be better to say that it is because of their willingness to give answers like this that these opportunists have been promoted from the ranks of the right wing think tank to official marxists). According to them, the media is trying to bolster VS's personality cult and also trying to create the impression that VS and the party are at loggerheads. This is being done to weaken the party; in this one dimensional analysis of things there are no political or ideological reasons behind the persistent clamour from the cadre – they are just poor mislead folk who have been led by the media to believe that VS is the sole revolutionary left in the party higher level when the truth is that the party leadership is full of Lenins. The only effect that arguments like these have had is to make officials marxists out of people mentioned above who have been publicly advocating conservative positions for many decades. By advocating such positions they are heaping insult upon even the most politically aware cadre in northern kerala. Do they really believe that comrades in cheemeni and madikkai will pour into the streets motivated by nothing other than media sponsored awe?

The truth is that, the uproar that followed the news that VS is not going to lead LDF is motivated by political and ideological considerations. Even though the slogans raised were in praise of VS and the protesters had flux boards of VS with them, what was being endorsed on the streets of kerala was not the personality of VS but his politics. The proof for this is that whenever VS has shown signs of deviating from this strongly leftist path, the same comrades who have supported him have been quick in letting him know their discontent. M.N.Vijayan's classic comment when VS was showing signs of compromise should serve as an example of this; he said “Aanappurathu ninnu irangiyirunnengil janagalkkidayiloode nadannu pokamayirunnu”. It is common knowledge that almost all CPIM leaders in the past have advocated positions which are much much more revolutionary that what VS is doing now, but still comrades never marched with pictures of these leaders in their hands because of the simple reason that the party flag was enough. These leaders were advocating the party policies which in themselves were very revolutionary in character and thus a party flag would signify both the party and its leader. But with VS the situation is completely different; comrades cannot assume that the party flag can be used today to signify VS because it is a truth that there is a strong neo liberal lobby in the higher echelons of the party and VS is advocating positions which are taboo to them. So they are forced to march with the picture of VS in their hands to make their support for his politics explicit. If VS compromises on his politics, the cadre will give him the same treatment that they are giving the neo liberal lobby now which proves that the emotion is not dictated by personal awe. In declining to face the elections under the leadership of VS, the cadre correctly sensed a planned attempt at sweeping revolutionary politics and ideology out of the party agenda and the protests that we witnessed were aimed against this attempt; VS is just a symbol.

3) What left oriented ventures like Bodhi should understand is that the left movements in India in general and the CPIM in particular is now facing its biggest crisis after independence. One of the persistent themes that Marx raises in almost all his studies is the dynamic nature of capitalism and how it needs to reinvent itself from time to time to continue existing. We find ourselves in an age in which this dynamic character is conquering new peaks everyday. Even though the basic features of capitalism remains the same, its manifestations and ideological tools are taking various forms; the old beast comes now with a new face and continues its exploits with the help of banners like service capitalism, capitalism with a human face, trickle down economy and even socialistic capitalism. Finance capital now fully recognises that inorder to go ahead with its one point agenda of profit by any means it is necessary to legitimise and institutionalise greed and plunder; the youth needs to be ideologically conditioned to believe that the existing state of things are in fact the best. Capital has been able to garner support of all ideological institutions to try and bring about this conditioning including education, media, popular films, junk literature and even judiciary. So, the first essential step in the fight against modern capitalism is to analyse its dynamics and to destruct the various ideological myths that it has created to justify its means and ends. None of the left parties have made this a serious part of their political agenda; consequently they are groping in the dark without a clue of how to face and fight modern capital. Without such an analysis, it is impossible to make an urban software professional in India understand that he is leading an animal existence and that he is being converted into an entity which labours for capital and then uses the fruits of his labour to consume all the junk floated into the market. Another far more serious consequence of this lack of analysis is that when faced with the immense fluidity and complexity of modern capital, left parties or individuals affiliated to them tend to go for easier solutions. This takes them to either in the fascist direction or in the neo-liberal direction; both of these tendencies are evident in today's mainstream leftist parties. It has to be kept in mind that when urban landscape is being conditioned by idelogical propoganda, capital's modus operandi in rural areas is still one of brutal direct exploitation using state mechanisms like police and army. The rise of maoists is a direct consequence of this brutality. In such a context it is my opinion that ventures like Bodhi has two main roles to play: a) To carry out an all out critique of finance capitalism and its exploitive tools including the ideological domestication devices; the fact that many of the contributors will be living or working in areas where the full force of capital is an everyday reality, such a critique can be undertaken forcefully. Given the fact that the basic workings of capitalism remain very close to Marx's analysis and what is drastically changing is its modus operandi, any such critique shall use Marxian concepts; so a familiarisation with Marx and his work is imperative for this effort. b) Analysis is not an end in itself, it is merely the first stage of struggle. So, based on solid critique, we have to think about the form struggle should take in various areas of public life. As Bodhi will have men and women coming from different areas, each should be thinking about capital's intrusion in their area and how to fight it. This is to be done with the realisation that our struggles in particular areas form the part of a more global struggle against capital. While going through Bodhi now, I get the feeling that it is not applying itself to either of these agendas. When time calls for very deep studies and equally concentrated struggle, it is a sin to indulge in peripheral criticism or to go into self congratulatory mode too often. I would characterise this as “ikkili idathupaksham” which has already produced people like Abdullakkutty and Sindhu Joy. My sincere request to Bodhi is to shed their soft porn approach to revolt; its time for the hard core stuff.

I'm inspired

Thanks Bharath for the very important intervention.

The main point in your criticism of my article - that on this particular candidate list issue , the article resorts to a rhetorical critique of the media, but keeps silent on the issues within CPIM, is 100% true. I'm also in 100% agreement with your concluding recommendations for Bodhi - (a) to carry out a deep critique on modern finance capital and (b) initiation of a learned struggle.

In fact, Bodhi is still in its early years, with a small team, and with a number of them (though not the majority), tied down by heavy workloads dictated by their capitalist employers. (Majority of Bodhi team members is in academia as of now.) This reflects in the depth and breadth of our articles. But even with in that, this particular article that you started with, is probably one of the shallowest, and most quickly written among Bodhi's articles. Hence it is my earnest appeal that you should not take this article as the sample point to judge Bodhi.

The three issues that you have raised in your comment deserves much attention from all leftists, and serious discussions on portals like Bodhi. One starting step can be to fork your comment as a separate article on Bodhi, thereby inviting a larger and more visible discussion. Your liberal use of "we" when you made suggestions for discussion and action, emboldens me to make the above as a request for an article for Bodhi.

The Bodhi team may use it in

The Bodhi team may use it in whatever way they see fit (The question of intellectual property does not arise within such a group, does it?). My only request is to make the context in which it was written clear.

@Bharath Relevant points

@Bharath

Relevant points indeed. In the last couple of weeks, after mainstream media carried reports of issues surrounding VS' candidature, why didnt Bodhi (or lakhs of leftists in Kerala for that matter) - not sit down to debate democratic centralism inside CPI-M, personality cults around leaders and whether there is any sort of ideological crisis regarding how to critique/fight finance capitalism? The answer is simple - there are more immediate and important tasks at hand. As you've said in your comment - "When time calls for very deep studies and equally concentrated struggle, it is a sin to indulge in peripheral criticism or to go into self congratulatory mode too often."

When faced with assembly elections, where the left has to fight an unapologetically neoliberal and politically/"morally" bankrupt coalition of opposition forces, the priorities are rather clear, aren't they? Where Mathrubhumi and Manorama joined hands with a couple of self-declared leftist forums to debate these topics and divert attention away from the real issues, Bodhi's authors and readers seem to have chosen not to. That said, these are indeed relevant topics which deserve to be discussed and debated in much greater depth. Looking forward to more critical and analytical interventions in the form of articles/commentaries.

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