The Resistible Rise of Fascism and the Challenges of the Working Class Movement in India

The phenomenal victory of Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance on May 16, 2014 and the consequent attacks on civil and democratic rights, students movement, women's movement and most importantly the working class movement and workers' rights haveraised several questions, regarding the character of the Modi regime, the conditions that led to the rise of communal Fascists to power, the failure of the revolutionary Left, the role of the parliamentary Left and the Social-Democrats as well as the peculiarities of Indian Fascism and the challenges of the revolutionary Communist and working class movement. Needless to say, the present unprecedented rise of Hindutva Fascism to power must be located in the overall rise of Far Right (often Fascist) forces around the world following the beginning of economic crisis in 2007. From 'Golden Dawn' in Greece to 'Pegida' in Germany and Britain and 'National Front' in France, 'Svoboda' in Ukraine or 'Reclaim Australia' in Australia, the Fascist and Far Right forces have received fillip from the over-all atmosphere of insecurity and uncertainty. The recent crisis is even snatching away the long-held rights of the white-collared workers and the middle classesin the advanced capitalist countries too asthese have become economically unsustainable for the neoliberal states in the advanced world also. The rise of Modi in India or the military rule in Thailand must be situated in the global rise of reactionary bourgeois regimes, including Fascist regimes.

Whither Social Sciences?

As social scientists (researcher or teachers of social sciences), perhaps all of us are aware of a sense of unease, a kind of foreboding and a feeling of impending catastrophe prevalent in the corridors of departments of social sciences in the universities and colleges. It would be unrealistic to argue that this feeling of a hovering crisis is misplaced or unfounded. Social scientists across the country have been experiencing this anxiety since the mid-1990s itself for a variety of reasons. One of the most discernible reasons is the economic, namely, the increasing fund-cuts for universities and most alarmingly in the budget allocated for social science education, including research and teaching. Another cause is the state's increasing political intervention in the institutions of higher education in general and institutions of social sciences in particular. This has been particularly evident from the attempts on the part of the present government to curb the autonomy of these institutions as well as attack the intellectual freedom of practitioners of what we call 'liberal arts', social sciences and humanities. I would start with a recent event of attack on the social scientists who raised their voice against rising intolerance (though this binary of tolerance and intolerance itself is an incorrigibly liberal one and highly problematic as it performs a liberal displacement of the fundamental political and ideological debate/struggle; in the words of Gilles Deleuze, it is a 'dysjunctive synthesis') in the country since the rise of Modi-led NDA to power.

Whither Working Class Movement?

Abhinav Sinha Indian as well as the International working class movement is facing a grave crisis today. Now it is not a matter of contention that the power of capital has dominated the power of labour ever since the fall of the workers’ states that came into being in the first part of the 20th … Continue reading Whither Working Class Movement?

Problems of Indian Revolution: Prospects and Challenges

Abhinav Sinha After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the disintegration of the mighty Soviet Union in 1990, bourgeois think-tanks and academia of the West reveled in hysteric caterwaul. The death of Marxism and Socialism was proclaimed; the age of 'meta-narratives' was finally over; the last oppressiveness of the 'modern' was finally … Continue reading Problems of Indian Revolution: Prospects and Challenges

Historiography of Caste: Some Critical Observations and Some Methodological Interventions

● Abhinav Sinha In almost all the cases, the entire gamut of writings, research papers and various other kinds of essays on the caste-system, begin with some sentences or phrases that have been so overused as to be rendered into cliché, and since even after getting thoroughly worn out these clichés present the reality to … Continue reading Historiography of Caste: Some Critical Observations and Some Methodological Interventions

The Quixotic Adventures (in self-defense) of the Fence-sitting “New Philosophers”

Abhinav. In September 2012, we had written about the Maruti workers' movement (https://redpolemique.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/maruti-workers-struggle-and-the-far-left-fallacy-of-the-new-philosophers-of-india/ and a slightly revised version https://redpolemique.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/maruti-workers-struggle-and-the-far-left-fallacyfantasy-of-the-new-philosophers-of-india/). These writings brought out the uncritical attitude of certain "far left" intellectuals (http://radicalnotes.com/2012/09/12/maruti-a-moment-in-workers-self-organisation-in-india/) and groups. We tried to demonstrate that the tendency of reifying and celebrating the spontaneity, indirectly belittling or rejecting the role of vanguard … Continue reading The Quixotic Adventures (in self-defense) of the Fence-sitting “New Philosophers”

Response to Anand Teltumbde: To the Self-proclaimed Teachers and Preachers

Abhinav Anand Teltumbde has announced his judgement about us (http://sanhati.com/articles/6366/). He has called us "self-obsessed Marxists" with "frozen mind". What can we say? As he himself admits, his stay was of a few hours and in that short time span he was able to evaluate us conclusively and then declare his judgement. However, during that … Continue reading Response to Anand Teltumbde: To the Self-proclaimed Teachers and Preachers