A spark of hope for India's future in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
Singha came before the people after a decade's long history of struggle - with the apple growers association, with the farmers of the state as the Kisan Sabha leader, as the comrade who lead the struggle against the Jaypee Company's Wangtoo Karcham hydroelectric power project in Kinnaur (a company car ran over him, attempting - stupidly - to think that this would silence his voice), as the comrade who fought for justice for Guidya. All this and more. Comrade Singha is a standard bearer of a people's politics. What he will do in Himachal Pradesh, Jignesh Mevani will do in Gujarat. Both will raise the voices of the people in the Assemblies, fight to build the basis for a new kind of democratic culture, build the basis for a real, powerful fightback against the corrosive politics of Money and Muscle, Hatred and Fear.
As highlighted by CPIM in its press release after the verdict, the results reflect a clear discontent among the voters against the anti-people policies of the Modi-led BJP government. But if the opposition is looking to channelize this discontent and to appeal to these voters, what it needs is a clear alternative programme against the Hindutva politics of the BJP drawing fresh battlegrounds.