Left Protest against Violence on Dalits and Minorities in Bihar

In keeping with the decision taken during the state level convention held on 6 December on the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition and Mahaparinirvan Diwas of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, a statewide protest day was observed in Bihar on 20 December against Communal fascist violence and the increasing attacks on the Dalits in the state. Leaders and activists of CPI (ML), CPI, CPI (M), SUCI-C, All India Forward Block, and RSP joined the protest marches that were organised across the districts.

Protest marches were organised in the state capital Patna and in several other districts including Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Nalanda and others. The protest march organised in Patna was led by CPI (ML) state committee member and Patna city secretary Com. Abhyuday, CPI’s Com. Arjun Ram, CPI (M)’s senior leader Com. Arun Kumar Mishra and others. Addressing the protest meeting, left leaders said that though BJP may have won in Gujarat but the arrogance of BJP has been broken by the people of Gujarat. The BJP that was claiming it will win around 150 seats was reduced to mere 99 seats. The plank of BJP to win elections by raising communally polarising issues ranging from Aurangzeb to Pakistan’s has proved that the model of BJP is not one of development but of communalism, fascism and submission to corporate interests. They also said that oppressed sections, Dalits, workers-farmers, traders and women, all had a role in bursting the balloon of BJP’s arrogance. The poll results have also broken the atmosphere of fear prevailing in the country and have the set tone for upcoming struggles in favour of change and democracy. The leaders also welcomed the seat won by CPI (M) in Himachal Pradesh in what was being a seen as a contest between just Congress and BJP.

Leaders across districts expressed that the apt answer to the communal frenzy and the complete submission to the corporate interests by the government lies in the intensity and strength of the left movement. The need of the hour is to put all energy in strengthening the left movement. The communal and the corporate agenda can be defeated only be strengthening the political assertion of the left. The leaders gave the call for uniting against the forces that have unleashed communal terror and oppression on the Dalits.