Pragoti Editorial Team member Dhananjay Rai pays tributes to the great Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, who passed away recently.
Nearly a hundred and thirty years after his death and 190 years after his birth on May 5, 1818, Karl Marx continues to exert enormous intellectual and practical influence across the world. The socialist future he so confidently predicted has not yet become the global reality that many had hoped it would. The capitalist mode of production that he diagnosed as crisis-prone and doomed to extinction in the course of further historical development dominates the contemporary world. The early attempts at establishing a socialist society have faced exceptionally difficult problems in a predominantly capitalist/imperialist world. Yet, none of these facts can be seen as rendering Marx irrelevant or as diminishing the power and vitality of his theory and vision. Why?
This is an attempt to reiterate the relationship between the formation of Left-led state governments and revolution as envisaged by the CPI(M).
In the backdrop of the economic crisis which continues unabated in the US and Europe, interest in the work of Karl Marx is witnessing a revival. The three volumes of Capital is Marx’s masterpiece, which contains his political economy critique of capitalism. In order to make sense of what is happening to capitalism today, it is worthwhile to revisit and engage with the issues raised by Capital.
Pragoti provides links to the debate on the past and future of Communist movement in India running on the pages of Caravan magazine.
Ramchandra Guha has tried to analyze the defeat of the Left Front in West Bengal in an article published in the magazine Caravan, dated June 1, 2011. This is an attempt to refute the position of Ramchandra Guha on the politics and ideology of CPI(M), as articulated in the above-mentioned article.
Eminent Marxist Vijay Prashad addresses a plenary session of the American Studies Association Presidential Panel and discusses the relevance of Marxism in "these times". Article courtesy, Counterpunch Magazine.
Leftword has recently republished the three volumes of Capital alongwith a book, Marx's Capital: An Introductory Reader. The reader contains essays by Marxist scholars like Prabhat Patnaik et. al: http://leftword.com/bookdetails.php?BkId=284&type=PB Pragoti is publishing extracts of the essay contributed by Prasenjit Bose to the volume.
Paper Presented by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on "Victor Kiernan and the Left in India" at the Conference in honour of Victor Kiernan, Cambridge University, October 22, 2010
Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, eminent Marxist economist, taught in CESP/JNU over the last four decades. He has been one of the most outstanding economists in India and a great teacher. He has retired from JNU recently. On the occasion of his farewell, the students of CESP published an interview of Prof. Patnaik, which is reproduced here.