As the pair shook hands, Obama reportedly said;
“Since I was told that the communists have been a part of mainstream politics of India throughout, I feel really pleased to meet an Indian Communist.”
A few extracts from a recent article by Sitaram Yechury published in the Communist Party of Australia’s Guardian, show just how “mainstream” the President’s new friend actually is;
Though imperialism has strengthened its hegemony and heightened its multifaceted offensive all across the globe…it is on the brink of a systemic crisis which could prove far graver and more encompassing than the current global recession.
However, irrespective of the intensity of the crisis, capitalism does not automatically collapse. It needs to be overthrown. An erroneous understanding only blunts the need to constantly sharpen and strengthen the revolutionary ideological struggle of the working class and its decisive intervention under the leadership of a party wedded to Marxism-Leninism – the subjective factor without which no revolutionary transformation is possible.
Couldn’t get much more “mainstream” than that, could you?