Brinda Karat

The writer is a member of the CPM politburo and patron, AIDWA

Articles By Brinda Karat

Hindutva’s history rewrite

Hindu right is pushing post-truth versions of culture, nationalism, freedom.

Khairlanji, then and now

The state refused to admit that the murder of four members of a Dalit family in Maharashtra was a caste crime. Ten years later, the demand for a repeal of the legal protection for Dalits can be heard.

A letter from Latehar

The hangings of a cattle trader and a child in Jharkhand took place in a context — of a politics that stokes insecurity, trades on fear

Budget 2016, through a prism of the poor

Gamlina’s response is just one example of how distant this government is from the lives of the poor and how tokenistic its schemes are.

Really, home minister?

Rajnath Singh’s Constitution day speech trivialised the fight for gender justice and against caste hierarchies.

Panchayat undemocracy

In an unequal society, exclusions from the democratic process based on social indicators reflect elitist bias.

Who’s afraid of LaMo?

The government’s defence of the indefensible underlines the importance of being Lalit Modi.

The Vizag line

CPM won’t separate struggle against neoliberal policies from fight against Hindutva.

Face the truth

Descriptions of the ‘monster’, the ‘evil one’, for the rapist tend to ignore that we are creating, replicating, encouraging misogyny and its violent expression.

The divided city

Class-based inequalities greet you at every corner.

Prime minister’s choice

On the sadhvi hate speech issue, Modi must act to uphold the Constitution.

There is zero tolerance

The Modi government, in its very first test on its approach to cases of sexual assault, has been found wanting.

Democracy without equality

We need to interrogate the politics and policies that fuel the increasing violence against women

Dharmapuri is not a faraway place

The death of a young Dalit points to the persistence of casteist structures,and a politics that fattens on them

Shadowboxing over coal

BJP and Congress might argue about allocations vs auctions,but both agree on the denationalisation of a vital natural resource

Everyone forgets the surrogate

Government must bring the assisted reproductive technologies bill to Parliament. More stringent regulation could have saved lives

And not a grain to eat

What stops the government from using good harvests to reduce,if not eliminate,hunger?

Bhanwari Devi,utterly unequal

She may have used sex and threats to get her way,but her murder raises troubling questions about crime and political power

Playing with numbers,and lives

How many meals do you have to miss for the Planning Commission to consider you poor?

The Left will endure

It is unlikely that a review exercise will to lead to the kind of ‘reformed’ Left that its critics want.