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The Nation Betrayed

While agreeing in substance with Ramachandra Guha's critique of expatriate Indian intellectuals, that commentary is extended here to (a) point to an important impediment in their intellectual project coming in the way of their taking their migrant status seriously and hence interrogating their milieu with greater rigour; and (b) reply to grounded patriots that there are other legitimate albeit unstable locations from which to construct a social science. Turning to Guhaâ??s peculiar smugness about 'relevance', it is argued that in talking of discourse and deployment of power within intellectual communities, the nation may not be the only legitimate category of analysis.

Whatever Happened to Imperialism?

'No' to Nuclear Power We feel deeply concerned at the initiative of the West Bengal government to build nuclear power plants in the Sunderbans. We do not know the exact number of people who lost their lives or suffer extreme ill-effects of radioactive exposure and contamination from the Chernobyl...

Crises, Crashes and Speculation-Hegemonic Cycles of Capitalist World-Economy and International Financial System

Hegemonic Cycles of Capitalist World-Economy and International Financial System Krishnendu Ray This article sketches historically the capitalist world-economy from the 17th century to the present as seen from the vantage point of international finance during periods of hegemonic transitions. The discussion here is at a level removed from the everyday practices of production and consumption and from much of what is called 'market economy . It focuses on the view from the successive cores of the capitalist world-economy such as Amsterdam in the 17th century. Great Britain in the 19th century and the United States in the 20th century. It gives attention to those events and processes that had systemic ramifications, largely ignoring those of regional or local significance. The attempt here is to describe the transitions at the apex of a world-economy consisting of several different regional hierarchies of finance both public and private, from Amsterdam to London, then, from London to a more global system led by New York and finally to a tripolar world led by Tokyo.

Socialism at the End of the Century-Reflections on an Epoch Passed

Reflections on an Epoch Passed Krishnendu Ray Ravi Sundaram The Russian Revolution of 1917 fashioned the contours of a new global epoch. The conclusive termination of this epoch by the events of 1989 and the transition to a new historical time have generated a crisis of Marxism. The project of renewal of Marxism and the identification of its sources demand a response in terms of a fundamental re-evaluation of the project undertaken in the name of socialism for the past seven decades: To this end the present essay makes an attempt to comprehend the crisis through ah examination of the developments in the Soviet Union since 1917.

Socialism at the End of the Century-Reflections on an Epoch Passed

Reflections on an Epoch Passed Krishnendu Ray Ravi Sundaram The Russian Revolution of 1917 fashioned the contours of a new global epoch. The conclusive termination of this epoch by the events of 1989 and the transition to a new historical time have generated a crisis of Marxism, The project of renewal of Marxism and the identification of its sources demand a response in terms of a fundamental re-evaluation of the project undertaken in the name of socialism for the past seven decades. To this end the present essay makes an attempt to comprehend the crisis through an examination of the developments in the Soviet Union since 1917.

Assessing Shetkari Sanghatana

Assessing Shetkari Sanghatana Krishnendu Ray Satish Kumar Jha THIS is in response to the comment by Gail Omvedt and Chetna Galla (EPW, November 7) on K Balagopal's review of "The Peasant Movement Today" (EPW, September 5-12). Let us make it clear at the very outset that we hold no brief for Balagopal; our chief concern is to examine in some detail the implications of certain ideological stances that Omvedt and Galla have maintained in the course of their defence of the Shetkari Sanghatana. What has taken us by surprise is the haste with which Omvedt has reached certain conclusions in view of her considerable reputation as a serious marxist analyst and activist.
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