There is an intense similarity between the Venezuelan crisis and what we find in some other democracies – the same populist response to crisis and the same hesitation of the Left to take note of the class basis of this response.
Rather than deploying more forces to curb the ongoing crisis in Darjeeling, the state government should initiate dialogue with the protesting parties to find a middle ground.
The popular upsurge of the late 1960s, while spectacular, had many paradoxes, and eventually was stymied by the bind of a universal ‘line’ and the parliamentary framework of rule.
Despite her popularity and her solidarity with the oppressed, the Left and the avant garde writers of West Bengal never really liked the celebrated author.
If Europe and the United States have destroyed the Mediterranean world and the Gulf, let them first restore peace and security in this arc, or else Europe’s borders will continue to crisscross Europe itself.
The dialogue between the old Left movements – with their politics of class struggle – and new social movements has to resume.
Liberal democracy may come and go but populism as a distinct form of politics marked by the presence of the lower classes will remain
Seven days after Krishna died, one of my friends paid me a condolence visit. After the customary inquiries she said, “After all, is it not better that Krishnadi died, she was suffering so much?” I protested.