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Appeal for Court Protection of Soni Sori

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

State Indicted-Deb Commission Report on Tripura

Deb Commission Report on Tripura Brinda Karat INCIDENTS of rape including custodial rape have been a major concern of different sections of the democratic movement. It is hence surprising that the atrocities being committed on tribal women in Tripura have been largely ignored. When reported, developments in that state have been projected as a fall-out of the electoral battle between the Con- gress(I) and the CPI(M). In fact, the issues raised by the happenings in Tripura relate in a much deeper way to the linkages between state, class and gender oppression. It is the experience of an exploited and impoverished tribal community fighting for its rights to land and the survival of its identity; it is the experience of the Indian state trampling on minimum democratic rights through the use of its armed forces; it is the experience of how rape of women is used as a political weapon to bring a community/class to heel on the assumption that the collective identity of that group is linked to the 'izzat' of its women; it is the experience of how a Communist ftrty through long years of struggle and sacrifice has come to be recognised by that class and community as 'one of their own'.

On Birati, the CPI(M) and Tradition in Bengal

On Birati, the CPI(M) and Tradition in Bengal Brinda Karat AT a time when the formation of broad political alliances is an issue of debate in the women's movement, critiques of differing ideologies from a gender point of view have an added relevance As the biggest Left force, the CPI(M) has often been the focus of debate, as also the subject of harsh criticism. There is ample room for a discussion on the weaknesses of gender insights in the prevailing ideology and practice of the Ijeft, particularly the CPI(M). Such a discussion should strengthen the process of self- criticism and correction at different levels of the party and the Left in general. As is clear from its own documents, the CPI(M) is far from claiming for itself the mantle of infallibility. However, it cannot be denied that on all major issues facing the women's movement the CPI(M) and the Left parties have taken an unambiguous pro-woman stand. In the last decade or so starting from the Mathura rape case and the changes in rape law, to the debate on dowry and domestic violence, the Muslim Women's Bill, the Sati murder, the offensive of religious fanaticism on women's rights, the question of economic independence of women, the role of the state vis-a-vis women's rights, as in Tripura, and on many other issues the CPI(M) has reflected the concerns of women.
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