RMP leader Comrade T.P Chandrashekharan was brutally murdered near Onchiyam, in Kozhikode district of Kerala on May 4, 2012. His first death anniversary is being observed across the state by progressive and democratic minded people. Questions raised by TPC’s murder continue to remain unanswered by the CPI(M) leadership.
The need of the hour is a non-partisan and secular effort to protect the Land Reforms Act. There has been an uniform attempt by the UDF government to derail the process of reclamation of public land that was initiated by the predecessor LDF government. Comrade V S Achuthanandan writes.
Reports regarding a letter written by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik are floating in the Kerala media. The letter is in response to a widely circulated email, which was sent by KT Rammohan, objecting to an invitation extended to Prof. Patnaik to speak at the Chintha Ravi Memorial Seminar in Kozhikode, on the grounds that he belongs to the “killer-party”. Below we reproduce KT Rammohan’s publicly circulated email and Prabhat Patnaik’s response. Update: A Malayalam translation is also provided below, as it seems that a wrong translation has been circulating elsewhere in the web.
This article is with reference to the article “Cracking the Kerala Myth” by Arvind Panagariya, that appeared in the Times of India, dated 2nd January 2012. It may suit the political convictions of the Columbia Professor to criticise Kerala’s development experience from his free-market perspective; he is also free to argue that Kerala’s is not a “state-led success” and that its “left-of-centre governments” did not contribute to its success. However, while doing so, one expects a modicum of rigour in argument. Sadly, Panagariya’s piece falls flat, both in its historical grasp and statistical rigour, writes R. Ramakumar
Featured below is the text of a well-reasoned-out policy recommendation that proposes a solution to the Mullaperiyar Dam Conflict. Drawn up at a conference of dam and water resource experts, it proposes a fresh solution to the dispute.
Subin Dennis tries to analyse and reason out the electoral results following assembly elections in Kerala. He argues that a lot went right for the Left Democratic Front on account of its good performance in government, while reasons for the good returns for the sectarian parties in the opposition - the Muslim League and the Kerala Congress (Mani) can be nailed down to class factors.
The CPI(M) will undertake a comprehensive review of the results to identify the causes which have led to the erosion of support for the Left Front and the political shift that has taken place in West Bengal. The CPI (M) will, after the critical examination of the election results, orient itself towards taking up the issues of the basic classes and fighting for the interests of the working people. The political platform of the Left which includes the fight against the neo-liberal economic policies, defending the livelihood of the people, defence of national sovereignty and secularism remains as the only alternative political platform for the country as against those of the ruling class parties like the Congress and the BJP. General Secretary of the CPI(M), Prakash Karat writes.
Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), Sitaram Yechury answers a wide range of questions related to the ongoing assembly elections in various states in the country. Excerpts and link to the original interview.
General Secretary of the CPI(M), Prakash Karat answers a wide range of questions related to the ongoing assembly elections in various states in the country. Excerpts and link to original piece.