By Jaseem Tirur
The CPI (M) state machinery appears to be a mirror-image of the BJP, when it comes to dealing with Dalits and Muslims. Kerala’s silent support for its savarnas reinforces the state’s Islamophobia and anti-Dalit mentality, along dominant caste lines. But this can only be uncovered when we are ready to see what lies beneath the veneer of secularity and progressive politics of the leftists.
By Mursed Alam & Mosarrap H. Khan
While the Sachar Committee Report was criticised by the Left Government (which ruled the state for almost 35 years) as based on ‘secondary’ sources, the findings of the ASGG Report, which is based on primary data, not only supports the conclusions of the Sachar Committee Report but points out that the condition of the Muslims has not improved at all since then.
By Mary Ann Chacko
Education is never ideologically neutral and debates over the communalization of education are not new in India. For instance, from 1998 – 2000, the national government was led by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a coalition government, led by the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This period was marked by, what critics of the right-wing government refer to as the process of “saffronisation.”
By Prasenjit Bose
The problems afflicting the Left, especially the CPI(M), today are manifold. The rank and file needs to come out of the denial mode and realize that perhaps for the first time in history, the CPI(M) and, indeed, the entire Indian Left, is faced with an existential crisis.