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Suffering classes further pushed to danger as Left is struggling for its existence

By Harasankar Adhikari 

'Marxism has a future because humankind has no future without it.' It is experimentally and evidently true. This social and economic theory tells us to empower the struggling classes of every society. It also guides them to rescue them from the exploitation of the so-called capitalists. These struggling classes are always the vital section of every civilised society, to whom every civilization is owed. Democracy always strengthens the power of the deprived for their equity and justice. When a democratic government does not follow the principles of Marxism, it is never a people’s government. The policy for the welfare of the struggling classes is only for vote gaining purposes, and it does not work for equal rights for the deprived section of society.
Indian democracy is an example of the above. This democracy is under the rule of the right wing. It is for the benefit of capitalists. The struggling classes are only being treated as beneficial groups for some doles. The rights of Indian democracy are not so concerned with the betterment of the most suffering sections of society. The left wing is weak in terms of representation in the upper houses of this democracy. But during the last few decades, it worked hard for the struggling classes with its big voices in both houses and a few representatives. It was significantly successful to bring new policies and programmes, like the guarantee of 100 days of work under MGNEGRA, to the major suffering section. On the other hand, it protested the anti-people policy of the government. But gradually, left-wing strength has been becoming thin and weak in Indian democracy. In the last two general elections, it was too weak, and the Indian people are facing the consequences of the anti-people policy of the government. Weak representation of the left has significantly promoted the growth of a communal party (right wing).
Till now, it has been very unfortunate that the left is struggling for its existence. So, the future of struggling as well as suffering classes may be pushed into danger. There are several reasons behind it. Left has failed to make people educated because of weak organisational structure and activities that are not enough to bring people under its umbrella. Further, rights have been suppressed and used to dominate through power and authority. There are fewer campaigns against rights because rights are enriching the capitalists. Most of the programmes and policies of the government, ruled by rights, are in favour of the elite. Rights have been targeted to be abolished forever for their own benefits. And they could be taken as policy without any protest from the left.
Then, what would be the future of the major? Will they only vote for some doles? Will it be on the agenda of a would-be developed country? But if the struggling classes are not saved and protected, the democracy of India would be put under threat. A wrong platform may never be a proper and effective policy for the major suffering sections of the country.

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