Monday, September 13, 2010

Marx gives the best description of the present

[Memo to PM: Ego is unflattering from M.J. Akbar - Author and Veteran Journalist (Times of India Column - September 12, 2010)
Nehru is chiefly remembered now for referring Kashmir to the UN and a traumatic defeat in the 1962 war. No Congressman is anti-Nehru, but a very strong faction has believed that Nehru was a flawed genius who failed in two critical areas — the economy and foreign policy. India paid a heavy price, in this covert analysis, for Nehru's tilt to the Left, and his heirs did nothing to correct that inheritance.]

WITH strong and unshakeable faith in Indian thoughts, traditions, culture and peculiarities the planners of new India can turn the present crisis of recession into an opportunity, opined Shri K N Govindacharya, noted Swadeshi thinker and ideologue. …
Pleading for an integrated approach to economic, social, cultural and political systems he said that these systems are interlinked. When we look at them from an integrated approach we will be able to draft our economic policies in our interest. The main problem is that our planners continue to look at our country from the angle of western and European priorities and neglect the Indian ones. 
We must learn lessons from the US and European nations and should desist from implementing their models otherwise we would destroy our economy and economic freedom.    more >]

[The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Opinion | That prescient old fox - The capitalist system in the US is facing a strange dilemma 10 Sep 2010, Ashok Mitra
Many will find the proposition difficult to swallow, but does not the situation the US is currently facing bear out the prediction that the old fox, Karl Marx, made almost a century and a half ago — an intense crisis is bound to overtake a mature capitalist economy caused by a falling tendency in the rate of profit?]

[Is Marx a Sociologist of the Social? Posted by larvalsubjects July 4, 2010 19 Comments 
In this connection, a number of folks have suggested that Marxists believe primarily in revolution and that the proletariat will overturn the capitalist mode of production. However, in my experience, Marxism is far less a political theory or a theory of revolution, than a way of approaching and analyzing the world around us. …
To be sure, Marxists are deeply attentive to the role that capital plays in all aspects of our society and life, … but this doesn’t entail that we naively believe in revolution or an immanent uprising of the proletariat. More than anything, Marxism is a way of analyzing the present and why it is the way that it is. Marxism is historico-material analysis. …
It seems to me that Marx gives the best description of the present that we yet have available. However, I say this with the caveat that like Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxism is an open theory. It doesn’t pretend to be exhaustive, it doesn’t pretend to know everything. Like any good empiricism, it responds to new formations in the present and attempts to comprehend what these mean.
Yeah, in this connection I always remember something you wrote over at your blog: That all the smartist people you know are Marxists. I don’t think this is just because there’s an unspoken compulsion to be a Marxist in the academy, but because Marx genuinely helps to make sense of the social world within which we live in a way that other social theories don’t. As for me, when it comes to revolution I just have a hard time imagining the conditions under which it could occur.] 

The first decade of the 21st Century is drawing to a close, but the Left/Right debate is far from over. The Indian scene during the last 50 years has seen a complex intertwining of both the streams, the outcome of which is difficult to evaluate because of the size and diversity. The future, however, is likely to be identical with a probable variation in the degree of momentum. Linguistic sub-national sentiments, on the other hand, are a critical area, but religion might prove to be the knight in shining armour. Savitri Era Religion has a crucial role to play in such an eventuality. [TNM] 

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