10 THINGS

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RIGHT ABOUT THE LEFT

1. THE INTEGRITY 
Mostly stay off greed and corruption, which gives them a halo by the standards of Indian politics.

2. THE OUTLOOK
Spartan. Pro-poor. They seek an equal world. And they stick to these thoughts, even in power.

3. THE DISCIPLINE
It is part of their DNA. They’ll form another party, but they will not disobey.

4. THE DEBATES
The most detailed discussions of all political parties in the country. Can be tiresome but they do it.

5. THE INTERVENTIONS
Make it their business to say something on everything. Have often provided a counter to State policy.

6. THE LEADERSHIP
Jyoti Basu. EMS Namboodiripad. Harkishen Singh Surjeet. Indrajit Gupta. Among the finest.

7. THE PEOPLE
The only political grouping you can leave your children with. Mostly selfless humans.

8. THE COURAGE
From Bhagat Singh to today’s unknown comrades, they don’t fear bullets. Whether in Punjab or Kashmir.

9. THE FAIRPLAY 
No role for family, which is a huge relief from the nauseating dynastic culture in most other formations.

10. THE CASTELESSNESS
No place for absurd philosophies. Have stuck to caste-free thought, though it hurts them politically.

& 10 THINGS NOT SO RIGHT

1. The intransigence, can’t compromise
2.
 The legacy. British, Russian, Chinese. Not Indian
3. 
The future, shaky
4. 
The grimness
5. 
The timeline, a 100-years to achieve equality
6. 
The tyranny, no dissent allowed
7.
 The arrogance
8.
 The impotence
9. The rivalry, too many left parties
10.
The insidiousness, will use stealth to grow

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