28 August 2008: The crisis with the CPI-M is that parts of it are communist, small parts perhaps even Marxist, but at least the West Bengal chunk is capitalist in orientation. Some months ago, Jyoti Basu shocked the world, not to say the party, by defending capitalism. Prakash Karat, the party chief, had to come to Basu's aid, arguing that Basu had been misinterpreted, that the CPI-M in power was a different animal from when without it, though of course he didn't use those words, and that the party was committed to its historic ideology.