"Gross misinterpretations of Marxist writings on caste, as by Manash Bhattacharjee in the Outlook, would only help divide the united movement against caste in India. The Marxist Left, always respectful of Ambedkar, has successfully demonstrated the need to integrate issues of caste oppression with class struggle. Ambedkar himself had argued that if the French revolution was the first stage of human liberation, the Russian revolution would indeed be its second stage. These are important meeting points in political practice. A movement forward from here requires opening up of spaces where Marxists respectful of Ambedkar and Ambedkarites interested in Marx can meet, engage in debates and integrate their movements for emancipation. The evolution of such a united movement should not be allowed to be weakened by spreading falsehoods and misinterpreting positions." R.Ramakumar writes.
Today we remember one of India's greatest revolutionaries and Marxist theorists, Com. Elamkulam Manakkal Sankaran Namboodiripad, or EMS for short. He passed away on 19 March, 1998 leaving behind him an illustrious legacy of revolutionary commitment and action combined with deep theoretical understanding of Marxism. His writings have been essential readings for generations of communists in India and elsewhere. On this occasion, we reproduce an article Com. EMS wrote some months before his death on the why it is important for the left to build a political platform to oppose the parties of the big bourgeoisie.
Those interested in knowing more about his life and work can read V K Ramachandran's good and succint article written immediately after his death.