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Arup Baisya

Ideology of Pan-Islamism

Taking off from Sumanta Banerjee's book review in the EPW ("The Left and Political Islam", 30 March 2013) on the left's understanding of political Islam, a comment on the ideology, politics, and the internal dynamic of the Islamic community.

The Importance of Democracy in Socialism

This response to Sumanta Banerjee's "Revolutionary Movements in a Post-Marxian Era" (EPW, 5 May 2012) entifi es the democracy deficit as the main internal obstacle to a new revolutionary practice informed by Marxism.

'The Left in Decline': A Historical Perspective

Why should the CPI(M) not be considered a ruling class party? The answer to this question and that of the transformation of the official Indian Left requires one to delve into the history of Stalinism, the Comintern, and the communist movement in India.