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Parties not raising land issues: Karat

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‘Unbridled privatisation spells doom for oppressed sections’

CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat and CPI’s National secretary D Raja at the seminar on “Caste and Dalits: a way forward,” in Hyderabad on Wednesday.-Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat and CPI’s National secretary D Raja at the seminar on “Caste and Dalits: a way forward,” in Hyderabad on Wednesday.-Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat has criticised the mainstream political parties for not raising issues related to land in the political agenda at a time when efforts were under way to “reverse the land reforms’’ introduced after protracted struggle by the Left parties.

“The Congress and the BJP as also the regional parties will not talk about the employment-related issues in the current neo-liberal regime. Privatisation has taken an aggressive turn and this will mean disappearance of jobs in health, education and other public sector institutions,” he said. Mr. Karat was speaking at the seminar on “caste & dalits: a way forward,’’ organised by the Centre for Dalit Studies at the Hyderabad Central University on Wednesday.

He expressed concern that the speed at which privatisation was progressing posed threat to the reservations for the oppressed sections. “Quota for deprived sections will become infructuous as the drive for privatisation of all sectors is picking up,” he said.

The CPI (M), struggling against class exploitation, however, recognised the importance of addressing the social discrimination and related issues to take the struggle forward and had succeeded by and large in ensuring balanced social composition within the party.

CPI national secretary D. Raja said his party was striving hard to promote changes in social, gender and age composition to meet the evolving challenges. “Caste system will have to give in for change and this will be possible when all concerned make joint efforts,” he said. In the process, complex issues such as struggle between other backward classes and SC/ST communities need to be addressed and this would mandate a holistic approach catering to requirements of all oppressed sections.

CDS representative Mallepalli Lakshmaiah expressed concern that the parties that were incorporating dalit issues in their manifestoes were, however, setting them aside after the polls. “These political parties have their own Hindu mindset,” he said. Civil Rights activist G. Haragopal moderated the session.


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