Panaji, Jan 13 (UNI) Veteran CPI leader A B Bardhan has said the Left parties continue to fight for achieving ''socialism'' in India.
While interacting with UNI on the sidelines of XIV Goa State Party Conference here today, the party general secretary said the existing capitalist society is marked with ''hunger, poverty, illiteracy and disease.'' ''We continue to fight for a socialist India, the Left exists as long as they fight for socialism. If socialism is not necessary, there is no need for the Left parties,'' he quipped.
India's future lies in socialism, he said, but hastened to add that he could not predict when it could be achieved, 10 or 20 years hence.
Asked to comment on the recent observations of veteran CPM leader Jyoti Basu that socialism was not possible in India, the CPI leader said the media might have misinterpreted Babu's remarks.
One can't expect socialism in one state like the West Bengal though the Left is ruling there in the federal structure, with the Centre pursuing liberal policies with capitalistic approach.
The communists continue to emphasise on achieving socialism. Our aim is fighting for socialism, he said.
Referring to reports of conferring Bharat Ratna on Jyoti Basu and others, he said the Left parties at any time did not hanker for awards in the bourgeoisie state. It was wrong to state that Basu was after the award.
''Bharat Ratna award is being trivialized. The government of India should be clear on framing guidelines, qualifications and conditions before shortlisting the names,'' Mr Bardhan added.
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