CPI(M) again avoids appointing Dalit leaders to its highest decision making body Politburo

Is the CPI(M) concern for Dalits a mirage? How come no Dalit figure in their Politburo?

Is the CPI(M) concern for Dalits a mirage? How come no Dalit figure in their Politburo?
Is the CPI(M) concern for Dalits a mirage? How come no Dalit figure in their Politburo?

Another year, another opportunity missed. The CPI(M) once again avoids selecting a Dalit leader in its highest decision making body Politburo, while shedding crocodile tears all the time for the “plight” of Dalits in this country. The recently concluded Party Congress of the CPI(M) was filled with Congressing, on how to ally with Congress while opposing them in Kerala. Long debates with tussles on this subject by Prakash Karat and Yechury led factions that debated endlessly on just one topic – How to ally with Congress. In the process, they gave short shrift to the Dalits and did not select even 1 Dalit leader into the  17 members Politburo.

Unlike other political parties, CPI(M) has never admitted a Dalit leader into its Politburo since its inception. India’s major parties BJP and Congress always provided space for Dalit leaders in their highest decision making bodies – the Parliamentary Board and the Working Committee respectively. Somehow due to their student days Left ideological baggage, many writers and columnists in Indian media hushed-up this aspect of CPI(M).  A similar kind of Dalit uuntouchabilityis seen in many Left parties’ highest decision making bodies.

This time, there were talks about inducting A K Balan, the long time Central Committee Member and party’s Dalit face in Kerala into the Politburo. But when the list was out, he was dropped to maintain many permanent fixtures. Balan is currently a Minister and was a Member of Parliament and many times MLA and rose from the ranks of the party’s student outfit SFI. While analysing the names in the new 95 Member Central Committee and 17 members Politburo, a majority of the leaders selected or elected are from the upper castes. Barring a rare number of Muslims and some OBC communities, the majority of the CPI(M) leaders included in the higher bodies are from upper castes led by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury who hails from a Telugu Brahmin community. And the irony is this party creates brouhaha for the Dalits and people from lower strata of the society.

In the 95 member Central Committee, 14 women are selected and one post is declared as vacant meant for women. Why one is being kept vacant? Is the party facing a dearth of women leaders? Among these 14 members, two got an opportunity to Politburo – Prakash Karat’s wife Brinda Karat, who maintained her seat from 2005. It is a known secret in party circles that she created a huge ruckus to enter as the first woman in the male-centric Politburo. Subhashini Ali, who entered the Politburo in 2015 also maintained her seat this time.

The Party Congress that ended in Hyderabad devoted much of its time to make an amicable compromise between the warring Karat and Yechury factions, arguing or debating on how  they should ally with Congress. In the final round, the pro-Congress Yechury won. Yechury won due to the demand for secret voting, sabotaging Karat’s demand for public voting by a show of hands. This shows that majority of the CPI(M) leaders, barring some leaders from party’s only strong hold Kerala wanted to piggy back with Congress party led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who were rejected in 2014 Lok Sabha election for rampant corruption.

Team PGurus

9 COMMENTS

  1. They do not believe in caste system so why should they choose members to PB based on caste system. They use caste based reservations for vote bank purpose say they deny reservation based on economic status. After all, their existence solely depend on existence of poverty. If there is no poor, there will be no Communist.

  2. This fact of not electing or giving chance to “Dalit” should be exploited to maximum to beat this CPI(M) party to its grave yard

  3. Indian commies are mostly snooty brahmins from privileged background in the garb of fighting for poor.These jokers don’t know what hunger is, what being poor is but exploit the poor by goading them into unlawful activities sitting nicely in air conditioned offices.No wonder these joker’s voter base is dwindling.

    • But it is surely a failure on the part of BJP in not highlighting this double speak by and Anti Dalit mind of CPM amongst masses.It is high time BJP to leave Congress centric attitude and expose Commies.SP and BSP NCP This is the need of the hour.which are more Anti Modi then even Congress.

  4. Communists were NOT known to trust or appoint Dalits to their PB. In fact, many a leaders, from mid-ranks confides that their members are only cadres used to lead and spread hartals, strikes and other modes violent activities. The upper caste leaders kids are always cozied out some safe places either outside India or outer their native States. However, they will be brought back when the big daddy is about to retire from active politics. Their scions are also busy building business empires in the ME in any manner they can. I am told in the ME many such sons are going around scouting ways to route the illgotten wealth in India for a shorter period and send them back as NRE funds. These are known to every leader across every party, including BJP, but no one would like to book them. Time is up for ordinary Indians to realize that they are only tools in the hands of politicians to meet their own ends.

    CPM never advocates for economic condition based reservations as it would improvise the conditions of the downtrodden and needy people. They do not want their upliftment because they know well that povery is the best condusive soil for the flourishing of communism. Once conditions improve no one turns to communists.

  5. Communists were known to trust or appoint Dalits to their PB. In fact, many a leaders, from mid-ranks confides that their members are only cadres used to lead and spread hartals, strikes and other modes violent activities. The upper caste leaders kids are always cozied out some safe places either outside India or outer their native States. However, they will be brought back when the big daddy is about to retire from active politics. Their scions are also busy building business empires in the ME in any manner they can. I am told in the ME many such sons are going around scouting ways to route the illgotten wealth in India for a shorter period and send them back as NRE funds. These are known to every leader across every party, including BJP, but no one would like to book them. Time is up for ordinary Indians to realize that they are only tools in the hands of politicians to meet their own ends.

    CPM never advocates for economic condition based reservations as it would improvise the conditions of the downtrodden and needy people. They do not want their upliftment because they know well that povery is the best condusive soil for the flourishing of communism. Once conditions improve no one turns to communists.

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