BJP: The choice of outsiders
Of the 11 tribal seats won by the BJP, barring Borio, all either are towns, cities, district headquarters and marketplaces or border other states. In contrast, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has registered victory in 13 tribal seats that are the epicentres of tribal consciousness and struggle
NDA Bahujan leaders: Neither here nor there
The association of these Dalit leaders, as well OBC leaders such as Upendra Kushwaha and Anupriya Patel – known for their vocal advocacy of social justice – with the NDA or directly with the BJP, led to the party’s smashing electoral victory last May
What should we do in these elections?
The bitter truth is that the labourers, farmers and artisans of the country, who are mostly Dalits, OBCs and Tribals, have been relegated to the margins of politics. At least, they are no longer in the national political agenda. Their leaders have ditched them, deceived them and these leaders are worse than the class enemies of these communities