“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”.
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.
After allowing indiscipline among its senior cadre due to electoral necessities, the CPI(M) in Bengal is losing its reputation of integrity.
Pinarayi Vijayan also said his party was facing “false propaganda and threats” across the country because the RSS had “realised” that CPI(M) hinders the RSS’s agenda of “leading the country into fascism”.
“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.
The two political parties which had earlier registered as ‘challengers’ refused to take part, saying they only wanted to understand the process.
Yechury is the most visible face of the Left and his lucidity is needed inside parliament.
It has become respectable now to articulate latent feelings about issues concerning minorities that were hardly talked about some years ago.
More than one year since the Kolkata flyover collapse that killed 26, the criminal trial has not begun. The police are not speaking on the record. And the government is silent.
RSS and BJP activists in Kerala have found themselves in an awkward position.
Political competition in Kerala has turned into concerted efforts to control bodies, minds and thoughts through brute force.
Two separate incidents of violence against CPI(M) workers in Kerala were reported hours after an attack on an RSS office.
There have been multiple complaints of comments made in the Rajya Sabha being edited out of the official records.
Political violence in the state has increasingly become a show-down between the party ruling the country and the party ruling the state.
Political reactions to the Indian Army’s ‘surgical strikes’ include concerns about continuing diplomatic and political solutions to ensure lasting peace.
In a briefing chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, representatives of all parties have applauded the actions of the Indian Army.
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
Keeping promises – and not repeating slogans and rhetoric – holds key to winning confidence of state’s people, Opposition MPs to tell Modi government on Wednesday.
But misdirected criticism helps BJP take the edge off the charge of undermining democracy.
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.
The party’s recent decision to expel popular women’s leader Jagmati Sangwan highlights the increasing gap between its ideological standpoints and political practice.
If the Prakash Singh committee report is ignored, nobody should be surprised if what happened in Haryana repeats itself across the country.
Opposition leaders have termed the move unconstitutional and draconian.
The Left can hardly survive by accepting the scenario established by globalisation and offering resistance with piecemeal struggles against neoliberal programmes and policies.
A formal announcement is expected by 4 pm today after the CPI(M) state committee ratifies the decision.
The LDF, as predicted by most of the pre-poll and exit poll surveys, won 91 out of the 139 seats declared in the 140-strong assembly.
Voters may be happy to receive freebies, but the long-term economic and political consequences of this are immense. Instead, political, judicial and administrative reforms are needed to curb corruption.