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Britain's Global Chickens Coming Home to Roost?

The British political establishment has juggled to keep three balls in the air: an internationalised economy, international politics and internal cohesion. Every now and then a political party may drop one and trigger a national crisis. This time around it appears that all the three may have been dropped at the same time. National debt, war, austerity, falling wages and regional disparities were issues central to the leave or remain decisions. They were overtaken by one single issue: immigration.

Chilcot Report and How Democracy Actually Works in the West

The Chilcot report shows that democratic governance is about selling decisions made by a small coterie of men in suits in international corridors of power to the state and the nation. The report stops short of attributing intentional wrongdoing to Tony Blair.

From Great Britain to Little England, via Brexit

The Brexit referendum was called effectively to settle an inner-party struggle within the conservative Tory party. The struggle in the Tory party signifies deep divisions within the ruling elite and the state. The Brexit vote and the victory of the nationalist strand in Toryism present the spectre of disintegration of the United Kingdom.

Revolt and Reform in South Asia

The Ghadar movement holds the clues to unravelling two paradoxes of modern India. First, India remains a constitutional democracy even when authoritarianism is embedded in the architecture of the state. The second paradox is that internationally India is a model for "democratic-development" even though the country has regressed into an abyss of poverty, dispossession, internal strife, ecological precariousness, rising fundamentalisms and militarism since Independence. The Ghadar centenary year is an opportune moment to reflect on the constitutive nature of the rebellion-repression-reform cycles that is formative of the Indian state and Constitution.

Imperialism and Self determination

This essay examines the nexus between self-determination, imperialism and the importance of Marxist theory in Lenin's writings. It argues that the three strands were inseparably connected in Lenin's thinking. The breakdown of the unity of the three strands of thought has impeded our understanding of contemporary imperialism
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