ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Yawning Vacuum-A World without Alternatives

The Yawning Vacuum A World without Alternatives Rajni Kothari In assessing the current historical situation, the most fundamental change is that we may be entering, or may have already entered, a period in which there is going to be little scope for alternatives. Underlying this most unsettling discontinuity in the modern era is not just pervasive globalisation and its various concomitants, such as consumerism and commercialisation of diverse human endeavours through their marketisation, but a basic crisis of vision, a decline of engagement with Utopias, an end of 'alternatives9 in the real and comprehensive sense of the term Not just the erosion of alternative centres of power and systems of 'development' and governance (the collapse of both the socialist and the third world poles) but, though partly related to that, erosion of ideological perspectives, frameworks of knowledge and modes of consciousness.

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