The writer is a member of the CPM politburo and patron, AIDWA
Brinda Karat writes: A much more vigorous intervention for prevention of and punishment for hate speech is required from concerned citizens and political parties.
Hindu right is pushing post-truth versions of culture, nationalism, freedom.
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.
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
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.
Rajnath Singh’s Constitution day speech trivialised the fight for gender justice and against caste hierarchies.
In an unequal society, exclusions from the democratic process based on social indicators reflect elitist bias.
The government’s defence of the indefensible underlines the importance of being Lalit Modi.
CPM won’t separate struggle against neoliberal policies from fight against Hindutva.
Descriptions of the ‘monster’, the ‘evil one’, for the rapist tend to ignore that we are creating, replicating, encouraging misogyny and its violent expression.
Class-based inequalities greet you at every corner.
On the sadhvi hate speech issue, Modi must act to uphold the Constitution.
The Modi government, in its very first test on its approach to cases of sexual assault, has been found wanting.
We need to interrogate the politics and policies that fuel the increasing violence against women
The death of a young Dalit points to the persistence of casteist structures,and a politics that fattens on them
BJP and Congress might argue about allocations vs auctions,but both agree on the denationalisation of a vital natural resource
Government must bring the assisted reproductive technologies bill to Parliament. More stringent regulation could have saved lives
What stops the government from using good harvests to reduce,if not eliminate,hunger?
She may have used sex and threats to get her way,but her murder raises troubling questions about crime and political power
How many meals do you have to miss for the Planning Commission to consider you poor?
It is unlikely that a review exercise will to lead to the kind of reformed Left that its critics want.
The proposed legal amendments do not factor in the complex cruelties of honour crimes...
Recently,at Howrah station,a group of railway porters surrounded me to ask about the health of Comrade Jyoti Basu.
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is once again in the news,for the wrong reasons. Arbitrary changes in the guidelines...
The CPM wants to win representation in the state assembly in alliance with other Left parties