Indian Politics Today

An Argument for Socialism Oriented Path of Development

Randhir Singh

9788189833978

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2009

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126 pages

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Essentially a theoretical exercise, this slim volume –T. Negi Reddy Memorial Lecture-offers a Marxist view of the current economic and political situation in India. Focussed on and detailing the post-independence (Nehruvian) national project, its outcome and collapse, the ruling classes shift to ‘globalisation’ – an openly avowed capitalist path of development distinct from and in opposition to that of india’s ruling classes, the argument touches upon such issues as the concepts of ‘globalisation’ and ‘development’ the current crisis of global capitalism, Marx’s Perspective on socialism and the changed reality of the world, the soviet experience and achievement, the need to dissociate socialism from authoritarianism it has come to associated with, the pursuit of revolutionary politics in regimes of bourgeois democracy, and so on. Pointing out that ‘development’ , as something desirable, is not synonymous with capitalist development, the author argues for a socialism-oriented path of development for the country and concludes with a brief comment addressed to the revolutionary Left in India that T. Nagi Reddy was associated with.

This edition also carries an appendix on Operation Green Hunt.

  

Randhir Singh

Randhir Singh, a distinguished teacher and former Professor of Political Theory, University of Delhi, is the author of Reason, Revolution and Political Theory; Five Lectures in Marxist Mode; Marxism, Socialism, Indian Politics – A View from the Left; Contemporary Ecological Crisis – A Marxist View; Indian Politics Today – An Argument for Socialism-Oriented Path of Development and Struggle for Socialism – Some Issues. He has been associated with the communist movement since 1939. Of his writings, Harry Magdoff, editor, Monthly Review, has said: 'I admire the solidity of your analysis as well as the firmness of your commitment.'