New Delhi, March 20: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The meeting of the CIA Chief with the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram marks a new stage in Indo-US collaboration. This is the first time that an American CIA Chief has been accorded a meeting with the Union Home Minister in India. Apart from meeting his intelligence counterparts in India, the CIA Chief has been received at the political level, signalling the new status of the CIA in India.
The CIA is notorious for its interventions in the political affairs of various countries including destabilising governments considered inimical to US interests.
This is a pointer of how things have changed under the Manmohan Singh government. India is fast becoming like Pakistan where the CIA and FBI Chiefs meet with the interior minister and Prime Minister.
The role being played by US security and military agencies in the country and the manner in which the Congress-led government is promoting such ties should be a matter of serious concern for all those who wish to protect national sovereignty and the integrity of our democratic system.