Communists recognize role of caste: Karat

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today said Communists recognized the role of caste in socio-economic formations in India and how it influenced the class structures.

Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 00:55 AM IST

New Delhi: CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash
Karat today said Communists recognized the role of caste in
socio-economic formations in India and how it influenced the
class structures.

As far as caste is concerned, he said he told a recent
meeting in Cambridge that "we should understand both in theory
and practice how class structure in India is influenced by and
integrated with structures of hierarchy, discrimination and
oppression that are particular to Indian society reflected for
instance in caste system."

"Stating that Communists recognise the role of caste
in the socio-economic formations in India is far from saying
what has been attributed to me," he said.

Karat said certain reports of his speech at the Memorial
Conferencefor Victor Kiernan in Cambridge quoted him as saying
that "we (Left) committed `a historical blunder` in not
recognising the role played by caste in politics and society.

"It is also alleged that I said that Communists are
"stuck in the forties" as far as their theory and practice is
concerned, he said in a statement.

He described the news reports on his speech in Cambridge
as "inaccurate in parts and misleading".

Karat said that contrary to reports which quoted him as
saying that Communists were "stuck in 1940s" what he had told
the Cambridge meeting was that bulk of the support for the
Communist Party even today comes from the movement areas and
outlying region, where mainly in the 1941 to 1948 period, the
Communists succeeded in bringing together and leading the two
main historical currents of people`s struggles -- the struggle
against the colonial power and the struggle of rural masses
for freedom from exploitation.

He said he concluded his speech by noting that the agenda
of the forties such as land reforms and struggle for land is
still being pursued by the Communists.

-PTI