From 1917 on, communism has come a long way. But to observe that it is obsolete is not to argue that it never travelled well.
The Comintern’s chosen name for Nehru was ‘The Professor’, an apt description given the breadth of his historical awareness.
The Left alone can provide a way out of the socio-economic and political dead end India is in now since it can provide an agenda transcending neoliberal capitalism.
A small beginning towards the reconstruction of the myriad ideas that mirrored – and shaped – Ambedkar’s thought-world in the 1940s.
“My belief in socialism comes out of my belief in human beings.”
Biswamoy Pati’s passion for social change helped him envision a just and humane society, which he successfully passed on to many generations of students.
The criticism Kosambi faced over his papers on the Riemann hypothesis could have coloured his view of science’s practice and his impression of how much class politics might have been to blame.
Even when differences prevail, it is difficult to escape Marx and all his ideas.
The main schism in today’s free speech debates pits liberals, advocating unbridled speech as a tool of freedom, against radicals, who unmask unbridled speech as a tool of class privilege. But that rift tells only one story.
The professor’s life was an ethical-moral compass for many, as he embraced simplicity and actively stayed away from power.
Through Rajnikanth’s portrayal of a conscious underclass hero who understands the nuances of Ambedkar donning a three-piece suit, the symbol of assertion has entered the Tamil film industry, heralding a major revolution.
While the decline of the Left in India continues, there is not enough debate on how the movement can renovate itself
Historian, political thinker and analyst of ‘political Marxism’.