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?
A Blog post and a first hand report on a Marxist conference on Victor Kiernan by Pragoti editorial member, Maidul Islam.
A poetic tribute to the revolutionary Marathi poet Narayan Surve by Pallavi Chavan. The poem, originally composed in Marathi, has also been translated in English by the poet. Both the versions are included in the post below.
Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) writes on the legacy of Vladimir Lenin on the 140th birth anniversary.
On September 11, 1973, the democratically elected government of Chile was overthrown by a military coup led by Gen. Pinochet. Beginning with the murder of Allende himself, the coup unleashed a wave of barbaric repression against democraticall-minded people in Chile in which thousands were killed and tortured. The coup and the military regime which followed it had the direct support of the US.