Category Editorial

Maruti: A moment in workers’ self-organisation in India

Pratyush Chandra The Chairman of Maruti Suzuki, R.C. Bhargava, himself described the July 18 incident as a “class attack”. The management, which learnt from the Japanese how to instrumentalise unions as tools to educate and regulate workers in work discipline, are now learning a new lesson from their own Manesar workers – they want their […]

From Nonadanga to Workers’ Power

Pothik Ghosh तू है मरण, तू है रिक्त, तू है व्यर्थ, तेरा ध्वंस केवल एक तेरा अर्थ. (You are death, you are emptiness, you are useless, In your decimation lies your only meaning.) – Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh The resistance of Nonadanga is – for the working-masses of Calcutta, West Bengal and beyond – a shining […]

Occupy Wall Street: Challenges, Privileges and Futures

Saswat Pattanayak “He who tells the people revolutionary legends, he who amuses them with sensational stories, is as criminal as the geographer who would draw up false charts for navigators.” HPO Lissagaray, “History of the Paris Commune of 1871” (1877) The challenges to Occupy Wall Street are many. Some even more critical than the very […]

Wall Street Spring: Americans Demand Democracy

Saswat Pattanayak The homeless and the Hippies, the socialists and the students, the communists and the commoners – the Wall Street has been occupied for good by the countless human beings demanding dignity of life denied to them under American capitalism. Every disenfranchised minority is now decrying the citadel of private capital, greed and monstrosity. […]

West Bengal: From Statist Leftism to Reactionary Anti-Capitalism

Pothik Ghosh Can the decimation of an institutionalised and bureaucratised working-class force like the CPI(M)-led Left Front in West Bengal be a legitimate revolutionary task of the proletariat? The answer to that must, doubtless, be a resounding yes! But does that make the Trinamool Congress juggernaut that demolished the 34-year-old decadent LF regime in the […]

Militarist Obama and Corporate Nobel: Peaceful Partnership

Saswat Pattanayak There simply need not be any elements of surprise or shock at Barack Obama receiving Nobel Peace Prize. Almost every year, this award has been granted to neoliberal policy brokers otherwise known as liberals, social democrats, or simply the firm believers in Eurocentric democratic ethos that can be ruthlessly applied on lesser countries […]

Crisis and Class Struggle: The American Way

Pratyush Chandra If we have to name a single industry prototypical of post-second world war capitalism, which to a large extent defined the nature and range of economic activities in this period, the choice would undoubtedly be the automobile industry. With the financial crisis finally taking its toll over this industry (especially the Detroit Three […]

India’s Move to the Right

Pothik Ghosh This is not a practical joke. Something really outrageous has happened. The overwhelming victory of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the 15th Lok Sabha elections has meant an unqualified triumph for the sangh parivar’s ideological agenda. Of course, if one were to look for the emergence of an electoral centre consonant […]

Revolutionary May Day Greetings!

Saswat Pattanayak Relevance of this day never was greater than it is today – as a celebration of collective human progress, as a reminder of historic labour struggles, as an occasion to reaffirm class allegiance with the working poor, and the majority strugglers. Not an allegiance to exploitative ruling class demarcations of geographical boundaries drawn […]

Sri Lanka: Genocide and Other Majoritarian Falsehoods

Pothik Ghosh Majoritarian chauvinism is almost always seen as a natural, if not a fitting, response to fascistic tendencies within a minority community. Sri Lanka has been no exception. The manner in which the triumphal advance of the island-nation’s armed forces into the northern bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been […]