Pinarayi Vijayan

“They better realise that times have changed” – Pinarayi Vijayan responds to casteist abuses targeting him

Reactionary sections are incensed not just at his political positions, but also the fact that somebody from the thiyya / ezhava caste, a community of former untouchables with traditional occupations such as coconut plucking and toddy tapping, has risen to the position of the Chief Minister of the State. [Read more]

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Made Snana receives body blow as anti-caste struggles led by CPI(M) in Karnataka bear fruit

The decision to end Made Snana and Ede Snana at Udupi has come as a result of protracted struggles, sustained campaigns and continuous pressure on government authorities and religious heads to bring down the curtains on the degrading practices. [Read more]

BV Raghavulu leading cultivation of Dalits' land at Devarapalli
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CPI(M) steps up agitation in support of displaced Dalits of Devarapalli, Andhra Pradesh

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has intensified the agitation seeking justice for the Dalits of Devarapalli in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh who have been displaced from their land. The Dalits of Devarapalli have been waging a struggle for the restoration of the land they have been cultivating for 50 years. They were evicted from the land for constructing a tank for the agriculture needs of the farmers belonging to upper castes in the village under the “Neeru Chettu scheme”. On Saturday, 29 July, the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member BV Raghavulu visited the area and joined the agitation by leading the cultivation of the land.  [Read more]

TNUEF Walk against Honour Killings: March to Chennai City.

TNUEF’s Walk from Salem to Chennai demands law against ‘honour’ killings

The Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) organised a 360-km walk from Salem to Chennai against the scourge of caste arrogance killings (often called ‘honour’ killings) in Tamil Nadu. The walk concluded on June 22 in Chennai with a ‘March to the City’ demanding the passing of an act specifically against ‘honour’ killings. Over 300 people, including CPI(M) Tamil Nadu Secretary G. Ramakrishnan, courted arrest in the struggle on the final day. spoke to Samuel Raaj, General Secretary of the TNUEF, on the motivation and aims behind the Walk and on the experience gained from it. [Read more]

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SFI and DYFI hold beef festivals across Kerala to protest cattle sale clampdown

Left-wing student and youth organisations held protests throughout Kerala to protest the central government’s order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter in markets. The beef festivals organised by the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) witnessed large participation of students, youth, prominent personalities from various fields and the general public. [Read more]


Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan condemns Modi govt’s new rules on cattle slaughter and trade; calls the move an attack on the poor

The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has condemned the notification by the BJP government at the centre prohibiting the sale of cattle for slaughter in markets. Subsequently he shot off a letter to the Prime Minister, demanding the repeal of the newly imposed restrictions. [Read more]