Speaking to The Wire, the four-time Tripura chief minister discusses the Left Front’s strategy to fight the BJP, the possible impact of anti-incumbency in the assembly elections, unemployment in the state and more.
The peace process worked in Tripura because the Left Front government worked simultaneously to improve the conditions of life for common people.
The events of the last four years have hugely damaged our democratic institutions. Left parties need to grab every opportunity to ensure that the BJP is kept off the seat of power.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said they were discussing bringing an impeachment motion against the CJI in the coming budget session of the parliament.
Rather than chasing the mirage of a grand secular alliance, the Left must take the lead in launching powerful struggles on the ground.
The West Bengal chief minister is protesting the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
The CPI(M)’s unclear stance on joining the protest reflects a divide within the organisation on whether to align with other parties.
The upheaval the CPI(M) is going through in West Bengal can be attributed to a split in the central and state party lines. Unless resolved, this could lead to further outbursts from party members.
Now that he is no longer in parliament, Yechury should devote himself to sort out the deep organisational problems within the party.
General secretary of CPI(M) Sitaram Yechury discusses various aspects of current national politics with Siddharth Varadarajan and M.K. Venu, founding editors of The Wire.
“This is typical of the RSS methodology of seeking to browbeat and intimidate the opposition. Such tactics will not be allowed to succeed,” the CPI(M) said in a statement.
What the leaders of bahujan parties have done by asserting their backward identity and standing up to oppression is bring the millions that hail from the oppressed sections into mainstream political discourse.
The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused local leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party of instigating the violence.
The Sangh parivar’s plan seems to be to overthrow the Left Democratic Front government by citing law and order troubles, but they are unlikely to succeed.
The professor’s life was an ethical-moral compass for many, as he embraced simplicity and actively stayed away from power.
FIR Against Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad a Clear Case of Vendetta Politics, Say Civil Society Members
Eminent citizens have unequivocally condemned the Bastar police’s efforts to frame academics and political activists in the murder of a tribal villager.
Prakash Karat calling the BJP ‘authoritarian’ and not ‘fascist’ is an attempt to assert himself and his group within the party, now considered to be firmly under the control of Sitaram Yechury
But misdirected criticism helps BJP take the edge off the charge of undermining democracy.
Hope Blooms for Landlocked Tripura Through Rail Connectivity, Now With Delhi and Soon With Bangladesh
The weekly train service is the realisation of a demand – connecting the North East state to the capital through a rail link – that was first raised in 1949.
In his letter, Yechury also demanded that the government release the names of the top 100 loan defaulters and create an action plan to monetise their assets.
Sangeet Som gave the Samajwadi Party government 15 days to bring back Hindu families who have allegedly migrated from Kairana.
The Left can hardly survive by accepting the scenario established by globalisation and offering resistance with piecemeal struggles against neoliberal programmes and policies.
In letters to Raman Singh, the CPI and CPI (M) accuse the state police of vengeful action against researchers Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad, who were a part of a delegation that visited Bastar to enquire into human rights violations.
A look at how many members of legislative assembly elected in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam face criminal charges.
Prohibition and freebies may be on all party manifestos, but the real underlying strategy of the 2016 assembly elections is backward caste consolidation.
The success of the opposition alliance will be dependent on its ability to mobilise anti-Trinamool Congress votes in south Bengal, especially those that may favour the BJP, while retaining their own supporters.
While the Left-Congress alliance and the BJP bank on the undercurrent of anti-incumbency, the TMC relies on its wide syndicate network to drive it back to power.
Notwithstanding the political demagoguery and an undercurrent of anti-incumbency, Mamata Banerjee and her party still have a strong hold over a large section of voters across the state.
That the Election Commission was defensive and apologetic for the violence that broke out during day two of the assembly polls is a measure of how the establishment colludes by accepting violations as normal.