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Institutional Communalism in India

The fight against institutional communalism in India alerts us to a challenge bigger than merely inflicting electoral defeats on Hindu communal parties and organisations. Even if such parties are defeated electorally, institutional Hindu communalism remains pervasive in varying degrees in India's Constitution, judiciary, civil services, electoral and parliamentary institutions, security forces, prisons, academia, media, corporate business, and even non-governmental organisations, it will continue as a social, cultural and politico-economic force to disadvantage the lives of minority communities in India.

Austerity, Welfare State and Eco-Socialism

In the clash between austerity and Keynesian stimulus paradigms in the advanced capitalist economies in general and the United Kingdom in particular, this paper argues that in the era of global climate change and global warming, merely proposing stimulus in opposition to austerity is flawed. In contrast, the paper proposes that an eco-socialist perspective with emphasis on green economy, sustainability and equality is of historic importance and relevance.

The Scottish Path to Independence

The outcome of the Scottish referendum vote on 18 September notwithstanding, the major legacy of the vote would be the transparent and democratic nature of the process leading to the vote.

Prof G S Bhalla

R Radhakrishna’s tribute to G S Bhalla (EPW, 19 October 2013) has rightly highlighted the contributions of G S Bhalla to agricultural economics and regional development in India. As a former student of his at Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, I want to mention a few of his contributions to...

Arrest of Punjabi Publishers and Editors

The arrest of two Punjabi publishers and two editors for reprinting books of poet Babu Rajab Ali which allegedly contained some then-used caste names under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is a thoughtless, callous and ruthless ­action taken by the Punjab...

Disturbing Media Trends

Your editorial “Big Business Weds Big Media” ( EPW , 28 January 2012) commenting on the Reliance/Network18 deal has raised one of the central issues regarding media pluralism and democracy in India, in particular, and modern capitalist societies, in general. The regime of state control of radio and...

K G Kannabiran

I felt a sense of personal loss on hearing of the death of K G Kannabiran, the great stalwart of India’s human rights movement. I had met Kannabiran only once but his earnestness and deep compassion left a lasting impression on me. In the early 1980s when the Punjab crisis was brewing up, I spoke...

Capitalism, Nature and Eco-Socialism

Coming to Terms with Nature: Socialist Register 2007 edited by Leo Panitch and Colin Leys with Barbara Harriss-White, Elmar Altvater and Greg Albo

Regional Nationalism

I agree with Balraj Puri (“Bengali Nationalism”, EPW, 4 April) that an important reason for the political success of the Left in West Bengal is its vanguard articulation of the regional aspirations of Bengali n ationalism against the centralising I ndian nationalism that shapes, in different forms...

The Left and the Third Front

Even though the third front has had a fluctuating history, the common opposition to the centralising idea of nationalism espoused by both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party provides the ground for the coming together of left, regional and lower caste political forces. For this to happen, all three will have to imaginatively rework their programmatic positions to accommodate the aspirations of the others. While there are many hurdles to this, such a front is essential if the stranglehold of the parties representing Indian big capital has to be broken and space created for long-term success of progressive politics.

Contemporary Global Capitalism: Multi-pronged Crises

The grand failure of many a financial institution in the US is one of three such crises that have affected the world today; the others related to oil prices and food shortages. These in sum have broken the back of neoliberal triumphalism, and have resulted in a spatial shift in global capitalism. No wonder, it is time to address alternatives to this greed driven, unregulated and excess-motivated system. Such an alternative must be based on the principles of ecological sustainability, social justice and democratic participation.

Punjab's Electoral Competition

The assembly election scenario in Punjab is reverberating with calls to regional identities. All major political parties talk about the fact that development issues have overtaken the old divisive issue of religion and community. But none of them mentions the rapid commodification of life taking place in Punjab.

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