CPI(M) today targeted right-wing outfits alleging oppression of Dalits has "intensified" with their ascent to power as it referred to Hyderabad Central University student's suicide to say that "caste bigotry" continues in India.
"The biggest failure of state is to render justice to the most oppressed in society, the Dalits. With the advent of rightwing Hindu chauvinists (to power), the oppression has intensified," former party general secretary Prakash Karat said.
He added "the ghastly burning to death of two Dalit children in Faridabad and tragic end of Rohith Vemula who was driven to commit suicide in Hyderabad University tells tale of this continuing caste bigotry."
Karat made the comments in forthcoming editorial of party mouthpiece 'People's Democracy'.
The leader observed financial inequalities are on the rise in the country with concentration of wealth in the hands of a few as the state, he added, has "abandoned" directive principles enshrined in the Constitution to promote welfare of people and "minimise inequalities in income".
"The direction of the state and policy-making are contrary to these goals set out in the Constitution. Much of the conflicts and crises in our system can be attributed to this contradiction, political democracy co-existing with concentration of wealth and economic inequalities," Karat noted.
Karat accused RSS-BJP of undertaking a "project to de-secularise" the state and the society and said foundational principles of democracy like secularism, social justice and federalism have been "devalued" and appear in a "bedraggled form" after liberalisation and privatisation.
"The current rulers believe in an ideology which seeks to equate Hindu identity with nationalism and ultimately citizenship. The concept of 'Hindu Rashtra' will relegate people belonging to other religions to second class citizens," he claimed.
Pointing to the need for launching a fight to "defend democracy and secularism", Karat said every attack on the democratic-secular basis of the Republic has to be "repelled".
"The fight for social justice and democratic rights is a key link in the struggle against the Hindutva authoritarian forces. Every attack on the democratic-secular basis of the Republic has to be repelled. That should be the resolve of the citizens on this Republic Day," he added.