On July 5th, Suresh was asking as to what compelled Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to accept the monumental truth. That socialist alternatives are not practical alternatives.
Here goes my take on that:
I would say it is plain and simple realization of the futility of age-old beliefs. Communist ideology as I see it is one such age-old belief. The Comrades have failed to realize that even in the last remaining bastion of Communism that China is today, what is able to sustain it is -- hard-nosed realism with which that form of communism is laced and practiced. Any ideology could take only the past and the present in articulating a solution for the problems it sees. It cannot predict the problems of the future and come up with solutions NOW. It has to keep changing with times. It has to make amends.
Can we expect such realism from our Communists? One only has to look at our Kerala CM to know where we stand. Even the Central leadership of the CPI(M) and CPI is not inspiring much confidence in spite of it having some of the best brains of the country. They are wedded to a failed concept. They are too wedded to it to disown it now. It is realists like Buddhadeb that the communists very badly are need of now. But will they allow such people to thrive? That is the big question.