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The Question of Organisation

The “Organisation question” necessarily devolves into two others—Organisation for What? Organisation by Whom? This question is faced by those whose goal is to carry out, in perhaps the very long term, the project of dramatically reducing, even seeking to completely eliminate, various human relations of oppression and exploitation while establishing an ecologically stable balance between human society and nature. Then, how are we to go about this given that our current context is marked by a dynamic and interacting economic-political duality of a capitalist process of globalisation and a persistent multiple nation states system? Since the nation state is and will remain for the foreseeable future the most important political unit, progressive transformations in some major countries are necessary to kick-start and accelerate the desired transformation at the global level.

Statement of Social Scientists

We, as social scientists, scholars, teachers and concerned citizens, feel extremely concerned about the lynching at Dadri, and the murders of scholars and thinkers like M M Kalaburgi, Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and others, and wish to register our strong protest. We are not just shocked by...

Greenpeace Ban: Violation of Rights

(The following are extracts from an open letter sent to the Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, protesting against the decision to freeze Greenpeace India’s accounts.) The move by the central government to freeze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and block sources of funds, is a blatant...

Tony Benn (1925-2014)

For departed Labour Party leader Tony Benn, a liveable society could only be one which transcends capitalism and institutionalises a much more radical popular democracy in all aspects of life. He charted his own path based on this belief but was isolated by a Labour Party that was taken over by the right wing and still remains so to this day. Benn's passing away is also symbolic of the state of the democratic left in Great Britain today.

Acquisition of Nuclear Submarine

We strongly condemn India’s recent acquisition of a nuclear-propelled submarine close on the heels of the recent flight test of another nuclear-capable missile. Brandishing these tools of mass destruction as guarantees of national security while ignoring the issues of real safety, security and well...

Powerful Critique of Postcolonial Theory

Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital by Vivek Chibber (New Delhi: Navayana Publishing), 2013; pp 306, Rs 450 (paperback).

Sanjay Biswas

The Coalition for Nuclear Disaarmament and Peace (CNDP) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sanjay K Biswas (68), the former Dean of Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore. He passed away on 28 April following a heart attack. Sanjay Biswas was one of the founder-members...

Corrective to Dominant Discourse on Growth and Development

Growth, Inequality and Social Development in India: Is Inclusive Growth Possible? edited by R Nagaraj (Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan and Geneva: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development), 2012; pp 238.

Future Perspectives for the Mainstream Indian Left

The keys for a rejuvenated and radical left in India must be its promotion of alternatives to neo-liberal capitalism, formation of a united anti-capitalist front, weaks in its organisational principles of "democratic centralism" to allow for the fl owering of genuine democratic discussion and debate within itself and constant involvement in struggles of and for the people.

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