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).
Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai visited his alma mater, Jawaharlal Nehru University and addressed a gathering of students and teachers, explaining to them his and his party's understanding of the changes that are taking place in his country. The audio recording (a relatively poor quality one) of the speech can be found here.
"The coming together of the workers and ‘reserve labour’ will set the stage for decisive battles against imperialist exploitation. The beginnings of this have been seen in Latin America throughout the past decade and more recently in Europe and the Arab world", argues Prasenjit Bose, in a paper presented in a Conference on "Accumulation, Immiserisation and Development" in JNU on March 7, 2011.
Yesterday, hundreds of students and left activists marched on the street of Delhi, protesting in front of the Egyptian Embassy demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in solidarity with the people of Egypt. A Report and some photographs of the demonstration.
The political developments in Tunisia, an Arab country, has resulted in the overthrowing of the 23 year dictatorship of Ben Ali. It is the first mass uprising successful in toppling a dictatorship in the Arab world. Prof. Aijaz Ahmad in this video talks about the causes of the uprising and its impact on other Arab Countries.
After futilely searching book stores in New Delhi for the July-August issue of the Analytical Monthly Review featuring an interview of prominent civil society activist and well informed leftist intellectual Shyam Shrestha on the recent developments in Nepal, I finally managed to get hold of a copy in the JNU library. Too bad that this interview is not available online. I decided to type out the entire interview verbatim and paste it on this blog giving credit to the AMR editors and interviewer Johan Petter Anderson. It is a must read for all progressive Nepal watchers.
Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) writes on the legacy of Vladimir Lenin on the 140th birth anniversary.
On the Martyrdom day of Rajguru, Sukhdev and Bhagat Singh, we reproduce an article written by another great freedom fighter and revolutionary Com. Harkishan SIngh Surjeet on Bhagat Singh and what he meant for the revolutionary cause in India.
Iran’s social contradictions have once more erupted into conflict. It does not help for us to wave the flag of intervention, or even to throw our support between one or the other camp in this current situation. The best solidarity from afar is to be analytical, not emotional about what is occurring. Things are easier in the case of the Honduras, where the Generals are not only trained by the U. S. at Fort Benning but where it seems plain that the U. S. State Department might bank on this coup to send a message against Bolivarianism across Central and South America. Here we have a clear role, to demand an end to interference in Central America and an end to the School of the Americas. Writes Viijay Prashad.