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.
The Left spent its energies diagnosing the ills of globalisation. Then why does a regressive Right get to reap the benefits of its waning popularity?
Cricket in the Caribbean has now become a career path for young men with dreams of wealth and glamour.
If Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn could emerge from within a moribund ‘Left’ that had become indistinguishable from the neoliberal Right, could this be possible in India too?
Today’s ugly politics are not a backlash against global capitalism, they’re an open embrace of the racism and greed that has always underpinned so-called global governance.
The institutions that gave liberal democracy legitimacy – parliaments with popular representation, parties with ideological definitions, strong trade unions, the media as a relatively diversified space for debate – have been hollowed out.
In conversation with Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger, on liberal democracy, fascism, faith and where to find hope in such times.
There’s truth in the analysis that the rise of right-wing populism is a response to the failures of globalisation. But is it the only response?