The Politics of GM and the Left in India


An article towards understanding the political-ideological roots of the GM controversy in Indian agriculture with special reference to Marxist theory and practice, is attached with this post (in PDF format). The essay begins with setting the context of the currently raging debate on BT-Brinjal and reviewing a select set of empirical assessments of BT-Cotton in India on relevant parameters. It then moves to critically examine the role of ideology in how competing political forces comprehend the food and nutrition crisis in India.

The Dalit Movement today and its Labyrinth


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. 

Musings on (MG) NREGA-II

A blogpost to comprehend the politics behind Mahatma Gandhi NREGA-II and what it entails for the goal of universal employment guarantee in India.

The Left alternative and Employment Guarantee



 The Left led governments in Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal have shown the way in formulating alternative pro-people policies for years now. The recent announcement by the respective governments to institute an urban employment guarantee programme in the state budget proposals is yet another chapter in that story. Satyaki examines them in the context of the recessionary times, wherein the central goverment has itself engaged in contractionary macroeconomic policies, and when the Left governments' initiatives can be an eyeopener  to the votaries of neo-liberalism sitting at the helm of the economic establishment of the country.

Comrade Veluchamy – A Martyr who dies while fighting exploitation and lumpenism


Moneylenders and sexual harassers in Namakkal district run into spirited opposition from a communist activist. Their response - brutal murder. An article on martyr Veluchamy who was killed for taking up cudgels for women harassed by lumpen money lenders in Tamil Nadu. 

And the Award Goes to 'New Institutional Economics'. Why?!

The Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2009 has been awarded to Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson. Their work separately on economic governance and rationale for property right structures is a more sophisticated rationale for capitalism and by extension its reigning-ideology-now-in-crisis - neoliberalism. The works of Coase, North and Williamson are the three pillars on which the ‘sophistication’ of ‘new institutional economics’ that informed the ‘good governance’ agenda of post-Washington neoliberal consensus was built upon. So it is not surprising that the Nobel memorial prize goes to the more 'sophisticated' theorists at a time when the 'crude' version faces a severe crisis of legitimacy.

A Comment on the Proposed Right to Food Act

A note by Awanish Kumar on the major issues and underlying assumptions inherent in the debate on food security in India and the proposed act, in particular.

The Paradox of Capitalism

Prabhat Patnaik new

J0hn Maynard Keynes, though bourgeois in his outlook, was a remarkably insightful economist, whose book Economic Consequences of the Peace was copiously quoted by Lenin at the Second Congress of the Communist International to argue that conditions had ripened for the world revolution. But even Keynes’ insights could not fully comprehend the paradox that is capitalism.

Migration and Gender Empowerment: Recent Trends and Emerging Issues

Women are increasingly significant as national and international migrants, and it is now evident that the complex relationship between migration and human development operates in gender-differentiated ways. A report by Jayati Ghosh.