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CPC’s Long March to Dominate Global Capitalism

Will China Dominate the 21st Century? by Jonathan Fenby, Cambridge, UK and Malden, USA: Polity Press, 2017 (Second Edition); pp 141, £9.99 (pb)/£40 (hb). China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World by Bertil Lintner, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp xxviii + 321, ₹ 675.

Perils of Relying on American Support

The contemporary wars in the Indian subcontinent have seen an increasing involvement, or at least, mediation, by the United States. The subcontinental elite have relied far too much on the US to bring them victory in war. India learnt the lesson in 1962 when the US failed to provide India the much needed bomber support to win the war. For Pakistan, the moment arrived in 1971, when despite overt US support, it failed to preserve East Pakistan. Once again India seems to be relying on American support to achieve its objectives in Kashmir, imagining that personal relations with American leadership is enough to win wars.

Fourth Industrial Revolution

The technology-driven revolution is fundamentally affecting the relationship between capital and labour. This fundamental change is driving right-wing populism across the globe. The left, on the other hand, has remained a laggard, and will have no future if it continues to be opiated by liberalism. While, with liberalism as its political ally, the imperial “gentlemanly capitalism” has killed millions for resources and profits in the 20th century, the 21st-century “surveillance capitalism” with the far right as its political hitman is likely to be more lethal and ruthless.

Brexit and the Continental Fears of Maritime Britain

The Brexit debate in England is intricately linked to the demand for the reassertion of its maritime identity and glory that many consider to have been eroded by the success of its underwater connectivity with France. The British society is badly divided on the Brexit issue. The only group gaining through this induced polarisation of British society is the right-wing populist one, which is using maritime geography to project itself as the ultimate change agent, the angel of history, and an epitome of British insularity.

Trump’s Populism Is as Lethal as Liberalism

The recently concluded Helsinki summit between Russia and the United States on 16 July 2018 is reminiscent of the Cold War the in strategy of theUS to create a wedge between China and Russia. The great power politics unleashed by Donald Trump from European soil is also aimed at facilitating populism to replace liberalism as the dominant political ideology in Europe.

Fetish to Make India ‘Great’

Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military by Sushant Singh, New Delhi: Juggernaut, 2017; pp 191, ₹ 299.

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