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Feeling Politics-Reinstating the Subjective Self

Political studies eschew political scientist as an experiencing subject. This lacunae has impoverished the discipline of political science rendering it incapable of responding to everyday language of politics.

Man, Political Man, Political Theory

A large, perhaps the largest, part of a subject's dialogical existence is spent in realms which remain totally beyond the available institutional arrangements. These realms, therefore, deserve as great a part of attention in political theory as the institutional arrangements are customarily given.

PUNJAB-Panchayat Elections A Turning Point

'Hindu mindset' is fast taking shape at the various levels of society. More than any intensive spelt of rioting on the pattern of Bombay or Ahmedabad, this has been one of the most enduring legacies here of the events of December 6. In fact the Hindutva combine is at present quite of capable of generating a significant response on the Kashi and Mathura controversies as well, which can prove more irksome than the Ram Janmabhoomi issue. For unlike Ayodhya, where the BJP game-plan smacked of a deliberate bid to create a controversy, in areas like Varanasi, sentiment over the Gyan Vyapi mosque- Vishwanath temple issue has a more substantial grounding. The setting of the two sites also is more open to interpretations of various hues and, in contrast to Avadh (where the Babri mosque was located), Purvanchal or east UP has a history of polarisation along communal lines. It remains to be seen whether all this will get translated into votes for the BJP (it is still possible that the backward castes and in particular the Dalits, in spite of getting caught in the Hindutva wave may end up voting for a non-BJP formation on the basis of political calculations). But generally the situation looks favourable for the party of the saffron. On the other hand, the Congress shows little signs of regaining even a semblance of popular support from different sections of society. The upper castes are now once again with the BJP, while amongst both the minorities and the secular forces in general the Congress is being reduced to playing a progressively diminishing role. Not surprisingly, the party is keeping its options open and is mixing its exhortations about safeguarding the Constitution wilh subtle kow-towing to Hindu sentiment in a bid to regain the initiative.

Violence in the Leninist Revolution

Violence in the Leninist Revolution The general representation of Lenin's theory as the "science of terror" has relied to a great extent on quoting his statements out of their context This paper seeks to reconstruct Lenin's views on the status of violence in the socialist revolution and compart them with those of Marx and Engels. Contexting his statements in their proper historical background the paper challenges the validity of the Jacobinist-Blanquist image of Lenin that has traditionally been projected. It is argued here that Lenin was strictly opposed to a minority revolution based on conspiracy and advocated as broad-based a movement as possible.

Restoring Revolutionary Theory-Towards an Understanding of Lenin s The State and Revolution.pdf

While the generally held opinion is that Lenin's The State and Revolution is a restatement of Marx's and Engels' theory of state, the author argues, taking into account both the substance of the text and the book's underlying motive, that it is primarily an attempt to define the nature, form and method of the proletarian revolution In order to conclusively terminate the bourgeois political order.

Interpreting Marx The Balancing Act

collection, not a proprietary right in land. On p 128 Singh describes the existential constraints on the "potential despotism'' of the rajas and zamindars; with a small population, land was relatively surplus and the cultivators were entitled to settle down on the land of the maliks. Hence, despite the seemingly despotic power of the rajas and the zamindars, there were builtin economic constraints against their despotism over the cultivators. An oppressive landlord was, during the first four decades of British arrival in Basti, a curse on his family and a shame on his lineage. Though potentially despotic, the rajas and zamindars had little scope of actually indulging in despotism.

Status of Violence in Marx s Theory of

Revolution Rustam Singh This attempt at determining and discussing the status of violence in Marx's and Engels' theory of revolution seeks answers to the following questions:
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