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.
The paradox of Kerala is not one of development but of redistribution in gender and caste terms.
Prohibition and freebies may be on all party manifestos, but the real underlying strategy of the 2016 assembly elections is backward caste consolidation.
The recent political transformation in Bengal and the way the campaigns have played out have made it difficult for commentators to have a conclusive stand.
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.
The opposition alliance is hoping to recapture the vote share lost to the BJP in the state during the 2014 general election. But the Trinamool Congress stands just as much a chance of capturing these votes.
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.
Even as the West Bengal elections come closer, the CPI(M) continues to twiddle its thumbs on an partnering with the Congress to take on the TMC.
The two parties are considering an alliance ahead of the state assembly elections to defeat Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool. But their rivalry in Kerala could pose a problem.
The old compact of keeping communally charged issues out of politicking in West Bengal is over in the desperate fight for votes
The West Bengal chief minister’s strategy is to keep anti-BJP forces with her and away from the CPI(M)