Opinion: Opinion: With Toolkit FIR, Modi <I>Sarkar</I> Goes Global With Its Bullying

Opinion: Opinion: With Toolkit FIR, Modi Sarkar Goes Global With Its Bullying

Brinda Karat | Friday February 05, 2021

Filing FIRs of an "overseas conspiracy" and discrediting India in the eyes of the world by issuing threats will not take away the ground realities that this is a farmers' struggle, by farmers, of farmers - but not just for farmers. This is for all of India and its democracy.

Opinion: Economic Survey Proves Farmers' Concerns Are Right

Opinion: Economic Survey Proves Farmers' Concerns Are Right

Brinda Karat | Saturday January 30, 2021

The Economic Survey, which reads like a political defence of the Modi Government, has little hope to offer the crores of workers and marginal farmers reeling under the impact of the pandemic. Astonishingly, it actually describes as "humane" the government's handling of the pandemic.

Opinion: Groping A Child, If Shirt Is On, Isn't Sex Assault, Says Court

Opinion: Groping A Child, If Shirt Is On, Isn't Sex Assault, Says Court

Brinda Karat | Monday January 25, 2021

One is driven to call out the judge of the Nagpur bench of the Mumbai High Court, who, in an extraordinarily retrograde judgement, has ruled that the offence of sexual assault under Section 7 of the POCSO Act does not apply when a child is molested, and cannot be considered a victim of attempt to rape unless there is "skin to skin" contact.

Opinion: How Supreme Court's Committee Will Be Used Against Farmers

Opinion: How Supreme Court's Committee Will Be Used Against Farmers

Brinda Karat | Wednesday January 13, 2021

It is the farmers and they alone who will decide their next course of action. They deserve our full support and solidarity. But we as citizens should be clear about the orders of the Supreme Court and who they benefit.

Opinion: What Government's Getting Wrong In Approach To Talks With Farmers

Opinion: What Government's Getting Wrong In Approach To Talks With Farmers

Brinda Karat | Tuesday December 15, 2020

The farmers are not fighting for themselves alone. Their fight is for India's food security, their fight is for the constitutional right to life, their fight is for democracy and the right to be heard, their fight is for you and me, for every citizen of India.

Opinion: Adityanath's New Hitler-Like Rule On Inter-Faith Marriages

Opinion: Adityanath's New Hitler-Like Rule On Inter-Faith Marriages

Brinda Karat | Wednesday November 25, 2020

The UP Chief Minister has threatened violence against Muslim men married to Hindu women who had converted.

Opinion: Adityanath's Caste Code On Full Display In Hathras

Opinion: Adityanath's Caste Code On Full Display In Hathras

Brinda Karat | Wednesday September 30, 2020

She was killed not just by her killers and their uniformed guardians, but by the fact that she lived in the centre of the unique Made in India social crossing, where the exploitations and oppressions of caste, class and patriarchy intersect. Valmiki. Dalit. Poor. Woman. 19 years old. Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh.

Opinion: Why Government Acted The Way It Did In Rajya Sabha

Opinion: Why Government Acted The Way It Did In Rajya Sabha

Brinda Karat | Tuesday September 22, 2020

Modi-ji and his government may realize that the suspension of eight members of parliament and pushing through Bills in the way that was done may prove to be more costly than they had calculated.

Opinion: Dear AAP, You Have It All Wrong On Shaheen Bagh And BJP

Opinion: Dear AAP, You Have It All Wrong On Shaheen Bagh And BJP

Brinda Karat | Wednesday August 19, 2020

There are many ways to demean and demonise protests, but the nature of the targeting of the Shaheen Bagh protests is particularly offensive. The latest round has come with the quite unexpected attack by chief spokesperson and MLA of the Aam Aadmi party, Saurabh Bharadwaj.

Opinion: AAP vs Amit Shah On Prosecution For The Delhi Riots

Opinion: AAP vs Amit Shah On Prosecution For The Delhi Riots

Brinda Karat | Sunday August 02, 2020

The level of central political intervention in Delhi to shape the judicial process in the communal violence cases is being stepped up. The Lieutenant Governor's swift cancellation of the Delhi government's order regarding the panel of prosecution lawyers on behalf of the Delhi Police is one such step.

Opinion: For One Of India's Most Brazen “Honour Killings”, Justice Denied

Opinion: For One Of India's Most Brazen “Honour Killings”, Justice Denied

Brinda Karat | Friday June 26, 2020

Last week, Kausalya, 23, learnt with shock and bewilderment about the judgement of the Madras High Court on June 22, which so gravely undermined her courageous struggle for justice for her murdered husband Shankar. They were victims of what is incorrectly termed an "honour killing".

Opinion: A Delhi Senior Dies Of COVID-19. How The System Failed Him Thoroughly.

Opinion: A Delhi Senior Dies Of COVID-19. How The System Failed Him Thoroughly.

Brinda Karat | Saturday May 23, 2020

Sohan Lal died of a COVID infection yesterday. He was 60. I have known him since the '70s when I was working in the textile workers' trade union. His elder brother, Nathu Prasad, a close comrade, was a worker in the Delhi Cloth Mills who was dismissed by the management for his union activities and later started working full-time for the union. The youngest of four bro...

Opinion: 20-Lakh Crore Package Revealed In Full. The Core Is Hollow

Opinion: 20-Lakh Crore Package Revealed In Full. The Core Is Hollow

Brinda Karat | Sunday May 17, 2020

On a day when 26 migrants were killed and more than 30 injured in truck accidents on their painful journey home, India's Finance Minister was talking about opening up space exploration and travel to the private sector. This is not just bizarre, it shows the utter contempt of the ruling regime for the pain and suffering of crores of Indian citizens and workers, the cre...

Opinion: For Modi Government, Migrant Workers Are Not Citizens

Opinion: For Modi Government, Migrant Workers Are Not Citizens

Brinda Karat | Sunday May 03, 2020

India was among the first countries to rescue citizens stranded abroad when international travel was severely restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Special Air India planes were sent to bring Indians home. In answer to a question in the Lok Sabha on March 4, the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said, "Air India has raised a bill of Rs 5...

Opinion: Protecting Health Workers Is Essential - But Centre's Move Is Faulty

Opinion: Protecting Health Workers Is Essential - But Centre's Move Is Faulty

Brinda Karat | Saturday April 25, 2020

On April 22, the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance was published in the Gazette of India in the name of the President of India. The main purpose of the amendment, as put out by the government, is to deal with cases of violence against medical personnel.