In 2006 Baykam became the President of the Turkish Plastic Arts Association UPSD, and he got more and more in touch with other NGOs, getting united for more democratic issues in full solidarity. Starting from 2008, he started writing new democratic statutes for CHP with the assistance of two young politicians Arif Tuna Eryılmaz ve Mustafa Devran Yürükçü. The aim was to reach a fully democratic party. Among other persons who contributed to this package of work, were included Yekta Güngör Özden the former renown President of the Turkish Constitution Court, former Sarıyer Municipality’s Mayor İhsan Yalçın, and spokesperson of the Union of NGO’s lawyer Aydeniz Alisbah Tuskan, member of the same NGO, Mehmet Kunt, Political scientist and Baykam’s general coordinator Ceyda Akin, Baykam’s mother Mutahhar Baykam, involved in politics since the 50’s among others. The goal was to succeed in establishing a leadership model within the party where the President is not anymore the person who picks up every single member of the parliament on every mayor; instead of that all those candidates would be very naturally and logically elected by every circumscription themselves. This new potential line of thought brought a real new vision and breath to the party especially among the younger generation. Baykam first presented the new statutes to Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu who was then the vice-president of the group of the party. Meanwhile the President of the party, Deniz Baykal, had a “cassette crisis” involving his private life, thus he had to resign from leadership. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu became the new leader in 2010. But in spite of all the dialogues between Baykam and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and all the democratic promises he had made to the General Congress, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu preferred to strengthen his own power, instead of a much more democratic party with statutes that would be in tune with a real social democrat spirit. What Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu only chose to do, was choosing few clauses from this project of the “democratic statute” that Baykam had prepared. He had infiltrated some of them to the ongoing party life of CHP. But those were very “diluted” versions of the real revolutionary drastic changes Baykam had prepared (for example in the democratic statutes proposal, every single circumscription would elect its own representants and candidates for every single position. Although Kılıçdaroğlu agreed after few years to give %25 quotas for the women and youngsters, their eligibility in the elections were never favored: although they would be added to the lists, never were they in the right spots were they could really be elected and enter the parliament. Baykam kept criticizing these situations in the speeches he made at the General Assemblies of the Party, in his conferences and articles.
In 2013, Baykam participated like every other democratically aware and sensible person to the Gezi protests around Taksim Square. He “swallowed enough gas” among other ten of thousands of protesters. He had always been one of the main opposition spokesman against every religion-Islam oriented political Party, Milli Nizam Partisi (MNP until 1971), Milli Selamet Partisi (MSP until 1980), Refah Partisi (RP until 1998) and finally Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), Erdoğan’s Party.
Baykam later tried to establish dialogue links between Gezi’s protesting masses/youth and CHP unfortunately Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu never listened to the intellectuals including Baykam who had brought a full report on Gezi and the political consequences of these turbulent and historical times.
In 2014, at the Presidential elections, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu chose Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu (9th Secretary General of the organization of the Islamic cooperation) to the greater surprise and disbelief of the masses, as well as the CHP members. No mass demonstration, no unity within the opposition nothing was ever done really for promoting the candidate that nobody felt close to. Baykam reacted very strongly against İhsanoğlu’s candidacy, which he defined as farcical. He organized a general meeting with all the important NGO’s, to try to legalize the candidacy of Emine Ülker Tarhan, a well-known State Prosecutor, a woman from the Turkish Justice who had been previously in the central board of the CHP. She had to try to get 20 signatures from the CHP parliament members (in opposition with the choice of Kılıçdaroğlu) to legalize her candidacy of which she was informed with a call from Baykam, after the NGOs had selected her instead of three other potential candidates. In spite of all the pressures coming from leftist and democrat intellectuals and NGOs, no 20 signatures could be obtained from CHP Parliament members and Erdoğan won the presidential race easily.
At the 2010 and 2016 referendums, Baykam participated to the “No” campaigns. Before the first referendum, his book “No To Civil Dictatorship”, and during the second one “No To A One Man Dictatorship” came out from the press and contributed to the opposition’s campaigns.
In 2015 it was found out that many politicians, writers and intellectuals were being tabbed by the Fethullah Gülen, sects which had infiltrated police and judiciary links. The information was made public and Baykam was invited to the courthouse and informed of the situation. He became a plaintiff against the “Feto” criminal gang.
During the same year, 2015, Baykam was among the Kemalist writers that were sent away from the Cumhuriyet newspaper as Can Dündar became the edition -in- chief of the newspaper. This period lasted for three long years during which Baykam wrote at the largest news website, OdaTV. After the newspaper was “won” back in court by the Kemalist writers led by Alev Coşkun, ex-President of the Cumhuriyet Foundation, Baykam returned to this “oldest” newspaper, and restarted his political column “Yakamoz” (Phosphorescence)
At the 2018 Presidential Campaign, Baykam sided openly with CHP’s candidate Muharrem İnce who lost the race against Erdoğan.
Baykam, who is still the UPSD President (Turkish Plastic Arts Association) has also been the World President of IAA (International Art Association) for the past five years and will remain at that post until Spring 2021.
One of the spokesmen of the democratic “Artist’s Initative” since 2012 together with poet Ataol Behramoğlu and actor Orhan Aydın. Baykam is still considered as one of the main intellectuals in opposition with the AKP regime, with all his articles, speeches and TV debates.