Voting is being held in 59 of the total 60 seats due to the death of the CPI(M) candidate for the Charilam constituency six days ago.
We travelled to Tripura where the Left Front government has been in power for the past 25 years. Watch what voters have to say about CM Manik Sarkar’s governance and the problem of unemployment.
The BJP in its current campaign seems to be raising the issues that were raised by the Congress in 2008. The difference is the intensity in the BJP’s ongoing campaign.
The Left Front government has been in power in the state for the past 25 years and just the possibility of change seems exciting to many young people.
The recent murder of a Congress party worker has raised serious questions about the violent political games the CPI(M), the RSS, and other parties are involved in in Kerala.
The resolution proves that the difference between the two factions – Sitaram Yechury’s and Prakash Karat’s – is only semantic and not the big rift it was made out to be.
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.
The roots of the rise of Hindutva lie in substantial measure in the nature of Congress rule and in particular the UPA governments of 2004 to 2014.
Even as schemes have received minimal allocations, this budget signals an important shift in the political narrative. Gone is the focus on jobs, skills, aspirations and empowerment.
Vinod Dua breaks down the Union Budget 2018.
According to the opposition, the budget is mere ‘lip-service paid in the name of the farmers and the poor’ and will not have any real impact.
In the fevered imagination of the Sangh parivar, West Bengal is low-hanging ripe fruit ready for the plucking.
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), talks about the internal debate in his party about joining forces with the Congress, his proposed move to impeach the Chief Justice of India, strategies to counter the BJP and the upcoming Tripura assembly elections.
The issue at stake is whether the CPI(M) will forge an understanding with the Congress to try and defeat the BJP in 2019 or go it alone, as party hardliners prefer.
Rather than chasing the mirage of a grand secular alliance, the Left must take the lead in launching powerful struggles on the ground.
Both Yechury and Karat agreed that defeating the BJP was the party’s primary political objective. The differences centred around how to achieve that objective – and at the heart of that dispute is the CPI-M’s relationship with the Congress.
Doval, India’s most powerful security bureaucrat, reportedly attended a BJP-RSS meeting where election strategies for three Northeastern states were discussed.
The murderous rivalry between the Sangh parivar and the CPI(M) in Kerala’s Kannur is the subject of Eeda, a new Malayalam film being praised as a sociologically acute take on the conflict.
‘Dark Day for Democracy’: Radio Silence from BJP over SC Row, Cong Calls for Probe into Loya’s Death
Political parties reacted cautiously to the concerns raised by four SC judges over judicial interference and ‘selective assignments’.
The CPI(M) general secretary underlines why lifting the maximum limit on companies for political donations could lead to rampant corruption.
Some are of the view that the Union minister’s remarks were a part of the BJP’s attempts to deliberately communalise politics in Karnataka before the next assembly elections.
With multiple environmental violations and a grave potential risk to a densely populated island village – will the Kerala government allow Indian Oil to build an LPG terminal in Kochi’s Puthuvypeen?
The raging debate of the widening gap between the two communist parties has cropped up once again with the recent developments in Thiruvananthapuram.
Eminent historian and scholar Ramachandra Guha delivered this lecture on ‘Patriotism versus Jingoism’ at the 23rd Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.
The CPI(M)’s unclear stance on joining the protest reflects a divide within the organisation on whether to align with other parties.
“It is a reckless, inhuman act to silence the voice of free press in the country and an assault on the freedom of press.”
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.
Yechury made the comment two days after the Left party skipped RJD’s ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ rally in Patna, attended by several key opposition leaders.
The opposition needs to offer a comprehensive socio-economic agenda that is different from the BJP’s and which can form the basis for a successful electoral challenge to Modi and the NDA in 2019.
A great responsibility falls upon the democratic and secular parties – whatever be their differences on policy matters – to come together and defend the country’s values.
The platform for unity was called the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save our composite culture) meeting and was hosted by JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who appeared to emerge as a rallying point for the Opposition.
A dispute over whether RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should have been allowed to hoist the national flag at a school in Kerala has morphed into questions over whether appropriate flag protocol was followed.
Now that he is no longer in parliament, Yechury should devote himself to sort out the deep organisational problems within the party.
Meanwhile in Kerala, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat went against the CPI(M)-led state government to hoist the tricolour at a school in Palakkad district.
The CPI(M)’s central committee, the party’s apex decision-making body, is currently discussing if it should elect Sitaram Yechury for a third Rajya Sabha term.
The CPI(M) cannot remain silent as China seeks to unilaterally re-wire multilateral rules and norms for Asia and beyond.
Mamata’s policies, since she became chief minister in 2011, have challenged and redefined the century old hegemony of bhadralok politics, and reshaped Bengal’s identity.
Opposition parties will meet to take a final decision on their strategy on June 22.
The CPI(M)’s student wing accused the Centre of trying to “eliminate the history of campus agitations in the country”.