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Remembering the Past, Continuing with the Present

One of the EPW’s long-time writers reminisces about his association with the Economic Weekly, and then, from the late 1960s–early 1970s, his relationship with the EPW (and Krishna Raj) as a regular correspondent.

The Indian Public

The Indian popular psyche is suffering from a malarial fever, the germs of which were bred in the stinking sociopolitical swamp that had been created by the country’s political leaders over the last several decades. What one finds is a despondent people, without any fire in their innards to rouse them to protest, caught between seductive promises by a fascist demagogue on the one side, and false hopes of change assured by a discredited and divided opposition on the other.

From Naxalbari to Chhattisgarh

Even as the Naxalite/Maoist movement continues to haunt the Indian state, its future is not secure, for Mao’s revolutionary strategy for China of the 1920–40 period is no longer applicable in today’s India. The movement has, however, unwittingly acted as a catalyst of progressive reform in rural India. A post-Maoist revolutionary strategy is, nevertheless, long overdue.

Narendra Modi, Bob Dylan and Demonetisation

It is the opportunity of upward mobility offered by the democratic political system, which has led Narendra Modi to occupy the Prime Minister's Office. But in exchange, what is he offering to the poor and underprivileged sections of society--to which he claims to belong--who are spending days and nights waiting in queues to withdraw the money that is their due?

West Bengal Elections

There is no end to mining into the depths of the Bengali psyche to uncover a vast underbelly of popular prejudices, political naiveté , ab surd hopes, selfish interests, blind vengeance that were cunningly manipulated by Mamata Banerjee to shift the electoral verdict in her favour. Her promise of extension of freebies to all sections of society had seduced the voters to elect her, in a trade-off between their self-interest on the one hand, and democratic rights on the other. They are willing to sacrifice the latter, and remain mute spectators to the suppression of political opposition and dissent.

Break the Umbilical Cord

Different political forces in the country have either collaborated with or tacitly approved the Hindutva forces in their early days.

Outstanding Chronicle of the Left in India

The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting the Indian Left by Praful Bidwai, Noida, Uttar Pradesh: HarperCollins, 2015; pp 586, Rs 599.

Confronting the Sangh Parivar

The Bihar post-election scenario provides both the secular political parties and leaders of civil society movement an opportunity for coming together to plan alternative strategies and tactics to preserve the secular and democratic basis of our Constitution and pluralistic culture of our society, and protect citizens from the depredations of the Sangh Parivar.

The Yogi as a Pugilist

The way in which the secular practice of yoga is being saffronised by a government that has made it compulsory for the armed and paramilitary forces looks like yet another attempt to supplement colonial model-based recruitment on the basis of caste and region, by psychologically indoctrinating jawans in the values and norms of Hindutva.

'Leave God Out of It'

The cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo, and their compatriots in other parts of the world, who lost their lives for daring to laugh at holy cows, are martyrs to the cause of humour.

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