CPI(M) has always prided that it was their government that carried out land reforms in Kerala which of course has positively effected changes in the Kerala’s social life. It has been obsessed with it to the extent that the party never agreed to the reality that the land reforms, as carried out in Kerala had it limitations as well. Many scholars and activists pointed out that the reforms did not bring land to the agricultural workers especially those belonging to the Dalit community and tribals. ‘There is no second land reforms in Kerala’ screamed Kerala leaders of the CPI(M) whenever the land issue was taken up by the Dalits and Adivasi groups. All that could be done was to provide housing facilities to all homeless people which was the answer often repeated by the leaders of the party. Even when the plight of landless people continued to hog the headlines of the media, party did not change its stand on its land reforms.
On Friday an area committee of the CPI(M) willingly came to help a landless family who had no land to bury their 15 year girl who died.Tragically, her parents were not fortunate enough to get her proper burial rites as they were living in a rented house. The CPI(M) members of the Alappuzha party office, learning about the family’s lamentations, agreed to provide space to bury their daughter in the office compound.
Members belonging to Cheruthana local committee office along with District Secretary, Saji Cherian talked to the members of the District Secretariat to make the necessary arrangements for a proper burial.
In order to provide monetary help to the family being poor, the Alappuzha party members approached Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan who in turn asked the Collector for a detailed report on the incident.
It is learnt that the collector has produced his report. We are sure that the government will help the poor family. Hereafter for any need the party will be there to support the familySaji Cherian, CPI(M), Alappuzha District Secretary
Though CPI(M) is appreciated for their humanitarian approach the larger question that Dalit activists ask is when we will the ruling party realise the plight of the landless people of the state . Dalits organisations have started protest marches demanding land for the landless people.