Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, and inspiration to millions of left supporters and poor people in the world died of cancer today. This is my personal tribute to a great revolutionary.
The anti-people character of the neoliberal regime and the bankruptcy of its free market ideology are getting thoroughly exposed with the deepening economic crisis and the irrational, vested-interest-driven actions of the bourgeois governments. With the weakening hegemony of neoliberal ideas, debates over alternatives to globalised capitalism are emerging, along with a revival of interest in Marxism and socialist ideas across the world. Attempts are also underway to better understand and analyze the contemporary world from a Marxist standpoint.
সোভিয়েত রাশিয়ার পতনের পরের কুড়ি বছর পরে দেখা যাচ্ছে দুনিয়া জুড়ে মানুষের আন্দোলন পুঁজিবাদের বিকল্প সন্ধানের। কোথায় দাঁড়িয়ে আমরা? উত্তর খোঁজার সংক্ষিপ্ত প্রয়াস এই প্রবন্ধে।
A blogpost on the current Chinese growth process and its implications for socialism in that country.
Cuba's present government led by the Communist Party has embarked upon a series of economic, bureaucratic and political reforms in order to re-energise a faltering economy. Questions arise if these amount to making fundamental changes to its socialist system and from the looks of it, the answer is a mixture of yes and no.
"Empiricisation or the pursuit of a political praxis that is uninformed by the project of transcending capitalism was ultimately responsible for the defeat of the CPI(M) in West Bengal. It is this empiricisation that is far more worrying than the election defeat itself. In a period when many have abandoned the concept of imperialism, the CPI(M) remains steadfast in its adherence to this concept; as long as the concept and the project remain valid, the historical relevance of the party remains unimpaired. But if the party does not arrest the process of empiricisation it has been experiencing and finally ends up accepting the hegemony of bourgeois theory, then it will get supplanted by some other communist formation subscribing to a theoretical position similar to what it has today" argues Prabhat Patnaik.
It is time to reinforce our belief in the core secular ideas of modernity and socialism. This is what should be said loudly after Babri judgment, not going back but moving forward.
The quest for human freedom requires a transcendence of capitalism. What is important, however, is the overall vision that we have of the socialism that will emerge, one which accords centrality to human freedom, which remains continuously “open” and untainted by ossification in any form, and which constitutes an unleashing of democracy and a perennial engagement of the people with politics.
The article, originally published in the Economic and Political Weekly is attached along with this post.
Parimal Maya Sudhakar writes on developments in China since the Tiananmen Incident of 1989.
In our time all what the ‘emblem’ of Dalit politics strives is to simply hold on to power. Thereby, losing its ‘real’ political edge in the world of Indian politics - of the clientele- patronage system, which in turn has resulted in directing the whole movement towards a path which can be anything but the path towards a larger societal change where one wishes to see the absolute dismantling of the caste hierarchies.Moggallan Bharti, student of political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, writes.