The student organisation SFI-JNU is hosting a public meeting that has featured representatives of various left parties and organisations at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The invitation and its details are posted below. Those in New Delhi are kindly requested to attend.
An attempt is made to ask some basic questions with respect to the 20th Century Socialist experiments and see what it holds for the socialism of the present century. This note is organised in the following format. It begins with posing two theoretical questions viz. the stage-theory interpretation of Marxism and the principle of democratic centralism, both of which have had effects on the current praxis of certain communist parties. To draw a contrast with this theoretical understanding of Marxism and the consequent praxis, of which China is an apt example, we present the case of alternative forms of socialist experiments being tried in the Third World, particularly in Latin America. To locate them in a historical context, a brief overview of the neoliberal model and its devastating impact on these countries is presented to show where they first derived their strength from. Following this overview, a somewhat detailed political-economic analysis is made of the countries which could be a starting point for the road map for the 21st Century Socialism.
In the last few days, Pragoti has highlighted the ongoing debates within the Left student movement in JNU, particularly noting the political-organisational perspectives from a vibrant left student community in JNU that raises important questions and issues concerning the Left-democratic movement in general. In this context, the latest resolution passed by SFI-JNU is an addition to the ongoing debate.
In continuation with the ongoing debates in the Left student movement in JNU, here are some more insights from SFI activists and sympathizers in JNU
The response of the Left and progressives on the crisis in Syria has been somewhat obfuscating. On the one hand, the Syrian regime has taked an anti-imperialist stance over the years, opposed Israel's strong-arm tactics and has been more of a welfare State than many others. On the other, the Syrian people's uprising appears to be strong and voicing strong disenchantment with the regime. ABDUL RAHMAN argues out both sides of this complex situation.
This article is with reference to the article “Cracking the Kerala Myth” by Arvind Panagariya, that appeared in the Times of India, dated 2nd January 2012. It may suit the political convictions of the Columbia Professor to criticise Kerala’s development experience from his free-market perspective; he is also free to argue that Kerala’s is not a “state-led success” and that its “left-of-centre governments” did not contribute to its success. However, while doing so, one expects a modicum of rigour in argument. Sadly, Panagariya’s piece falls flat, both in its historical grasp and statistical rigour, writes R. Ramakumar
The hunger strike launched by Anna Hazare in Delhi has led to an outpouring of support from all over the country. The agitation for a Jan Lokpal Bill has found support predominantly from the urban middle classes and a substantial section of youth belonging to this strata. There is no doubt that since the first hunger strike launched by Anna Hazare in April, the anti-corruption movement has gained momentum.
A NREGA social audit activist comments on the gruesome killing of activist Niyamat Ansari, reportedly by the Maoists.
Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), Sitaram Yechury answers a wide range of questions related to the ongoing assembly elections in various states in the country. Excerpts and link to the original interview.