June 2, 2019
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The decision of the United States to end preferential terms for India under the Generalised System of Preference is unwarranted and uncalled for.
This is part of a series of measures on US-India trade initiated by the Trump administration, to coerce India into accepting favourable trade terms for the United States. Earlier, the US had imposed increased duties on steel and aluminum imports from India.
Though the announcement was made in early March about this impending step, the Modi government did nothing to prevent or counter this move. Like in the case of the US prohibition to buy oil from Iran, now too the Modi government is adopting a surrenderist approach.
This makes a mockery of “nationalism” tomtommed by Narendra Modi and BJP, which stops operating when it comes to US diktats.