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  • Engels Revisited

    Engels Revisited

    The proletariat had become the majority, he argued, and the prospect of taking power by electoral means, through universal suffrage, made it possible to defend revolution and legality at the same time

    January 3, 2021
  • Of Ideology

    Of Ideology

    With the emergence of secularism and the advent of nationhood, nationalism sprouted, which was a construct beyond merely the monarchy. Meanwhile, at the economic level, capitalistic ideas grew along with the establishment of manufacturing and factories

    November 26, 2020
  • Communist Parties

    Communist Parties

    A particular strength of the communists has been that many party members are educated. Could they not promote their electoral prospects by running schools and colleges? They could also do other forms of social service such as running hospitals, dispensaries and nursing homes

    September 9, 2020
  • Philosophy of Religion

    Philosophy of Religion

    The Abrahamic religions, we have seen, are deductive in their logic. They begin with a premise and work downwards. On the other hand, the Hindu view is inductive in its logic, which moves from facts on the ground upwards till it reaches a conclusion. Hinduism does not have a book as its fountain of belief, there is no premise and therefore no corollaries which a follower can refer to, or a commandment or guidance.

    January 1, 2020
  • Solzhenitsyn is 100

    Solzhenitsyn is 100

    Solzhenitsyn was acutely aware that fascism, Nazism or totalitarianism are all examples of gigantic collective power to ensure that the people cannot defend themselves. If anybody wants to fight against the lies of the administration, he should start fighting against the ‘lies in himself‘.

    December 25, 2018
  • Mao to Ma!

    Mao to Ma!

    Jack Ma, China’s richest man and the guiding force behind its biggest e-commerce company, has been inducted as a member of the country’s pivotal entity called the Communist Party of China.

    December 2, 2018
  • Why the emperor has no clothes?

    Why the emperor has no clothes?

    America has had a fairly inscrutable history. Haven to the oppressed in the European continent, its early settlers, while relishing the fruits of freedom, pretty much exterminated its indigenous inhabitants. At the same time, as a reaction to absolutist monarchies elsewhere in the world it created pluralist institutions. In this ‘New World’ God did not …

    October 4, 2018
  • Extraordinary Erudition

    Extraordinary Erudition

    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels first met in Cologne, in November 1842, at the office of the Rheinische Zeitung where Marx was active as its young editor. But their theoretical partnership began only in 1844, in Paris. Engels, the son of a textile industrialist, had already had the opportunity to travel in England, seeing for …

    June 15, 2018
  • New Profiles of Marx

    New Profiles of Marx

    If an author’s eternal youth consists in his capacity to keep stimulating new ideas, then it may be said that Karl Marx has without question remained young in the past 200 years. Marx left uncompleted in many of his most famous texts. Volume II and III of Capital were posthumously edited by Engels, while the …

    June 11, 2018
  • Tragedy returns as a farce

    Tragedy returns as a farce

    In his 1852 critique of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, Karl Marx begins by citing the Hegelian remark that “all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Whatever one might think of that opinion, it would surely be uncontroversial to argue …

    May 31, 2018
  • The fourth inaugural

    The fourth inaugural

    The lavish grandstanding at the Kremlin, that marked Monday’s swearing-in of Vladimir Putin as the President of Russia for the fourth term, has happened at a particularly impropitous juncture for the country. Viewed through the prism of Soviet history, the event is profoundly significant not the least because Putin has ruled Russia for longer than …

    May 11, 2018
  • On your Marx

    On your Marx

    A crucial difference between Hegel and Karl Marx is that unlike Hegel, who provided a well-developed theory of the State, Marx did not develop a blueprint either for the process of socialist revolution or of the socialist State. From the internationalist class struggle of the Communist Manifesto (1848) and the relative autonomy of the State …

    May 10, 2018
  • Happy birthday, Marx

    Happy birthday, Marx

    Close to three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was only to be expected that the 200th birthday of Karl Marx would be greeted with a qualified response in post-reunification Germany. An entire generation, not wholly familiar with Marxist philosophy and practice, has grown up since November 1989 and it was almost …

    May 8, 2018
  • The dilemma of the Dalit

    The dilemma of the Dalit

    The Sangh Parivar is trying to incorporate the Dalit identity in Hindutva ideology. The “Hindukaran’ of Dalits is proceeding at a rapid pace in rural areas. In the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 Dalits participated in the attacks on Muslims. Dalits are thus torn between the desire to declare their unique identity or to be accepted …

    May 7, 2018
  • Darj Left takes out rally to observe Karl Marx’s 200th b’day, protests against TMC

    Darj Left takes out rally to observe Karl Marx’s 200th b’day, protests against TMC

    To mark the 200 years birth day celebration of Karl Marx ~ who developed the theory of communism ~ the Darjeeling district CPI-M on Saturday adopted a resolution to take out a rally at Naxalbari, famous for Naxalite-Maoist insurgency, on 8 May protesting against the present political state of affairs led by the Trinamul Congress …

    May 6, 2018
  • The prescience of Karl Marx

    The prescience of Karl Marx

    By the time the centenary of Karl Marx’s death was marked 35 years ago, devotees of his ideas were struggling to promote their continued relevance. After all, by then the world differed remarkably from the mid-19th-century state of affairs, with most of the advanced capitalist nations capitulating to some extent to the need to ward …

    May 4, 2018
  • Read Karl Marx!

    Read Karl Marx!

    This year marks the bicentenary of Marx’s birth, and new books and movies have been dedicated to his life. The relevance and significance of the ‘most interesting scholar of the 19th and 20th centuries’ is laid bare in this conversation where Immanuel Wallerstein articulates the many reasons why he exhorts young students to read Marx, and not books about him.

    April 7, 2018