The writer is national secretary, CPI, and Rajya Sabha MP.
Ambedkar’s increasing relevance in India gives hope to everyone who dreams of a society free of hierarchies, a society based on equality and dignity. His legacy and relevance is also an undying challenge to the reactionary and divisive forces that seek to perpetrate hierarchy and humiliation.
The BJP-RSS combine wants to impose an undemocratic, monolithic, illiberal socio-political order. In this challenging period it is the responsibility of all citizens of the country to come together to protect the values we have inherited from the freedom struggle, and the Constitution.
The passing of Gurudas Dasgupta is not merely a loss for the CPI. It is a loss for the communist parties as a whole and all the other socialist and progressive forces. It is a loss for India.
What was done to J&K is contrary to PM Narendra Modi’s assurance — abjuring “gaali” and “goli” and winning over the Kashmiris by embracing them (“gale lagaane se”). But the clampdown on Kashmiris is nothing but Dyerism.
The debates around hard-Hindutva and soft-Hindutva are seriously tampering with the secular character of our elections and democracy. The RSS and the ruling regime wants to create a new normal — one in which being Hindu is considered a must for representing the population. This agenda should be resisted at all costs.
Babri Masjid demolition went against constitutional morality, Ambedkar’s principles
President Narayanan’s idea of India centred on sanctity of constitutional values
If the RSS chief had cared to read the speeches of Vivekananda, he would have found that the swami had used the word lion in the context of the awakening of consciousness among all human beings.
Social empowerment remains a distant dream for millions
By undermining Parliament, government is curtailing the role of the Opposition
As capitalism and its exploitation evolves, Karl Marx’s philosophy and intellectual tools continue to have abiding significance
Communists and Ambedkarites need to work together to fight the communal forces.
Budget 2018: There is no change in the economic paradigm of this government. It continues to cater to corporate and big business interests. The primary source of revenue generation in this Budget remains the selling off of public sector undertakings.
India’s institutions face large challenges. We need more democracy, less restrictions.
It’s the Constitution that has checked Hindutva forces to a great extent
The revolutionary idea of liberation from exploitation continues to inspire.
Two hundred years later, his philosophy has new significance
A fitting tribute to him would be forging unity of progressive forces against Hindutva
The freedom movement’s ideal of nationalism is embattled today.
Government has failed to uphold Ambedkar’s vision of social and economic equality