Student-as-worker is no petty-bourgeois infantilism

Pothik Ghosh 1. Is one being ignorant of the history of university if one calls on students to politically organise themselves as workers in order to burn down the university-factory? Of course, we all know the Enlightenment as a project of self-legislation is a dialectic between the practical-materialist subjectivity of struggle (the overcoming of historical […]

Akhteruzzaman_Elias

The Insurrection of Akhtaruzzaman Elias

Pothik Ghosh The question of politics as far as an artist or a litterateur is concerned is usually posed in terms of what position the artist or the litterateur in question strikes as an individual with regard to the political situation of his day. Those terms often also extend to what such an artist or […]

The AAP Crisis: Left and Precarious Politics

Pothik Ghosh and Pratyush Chandra Self-declared radical leftists of this country appear to have mastered rather well the art of making a virtue out of necessity. Unfortunately, that is just about the only art – or, for that matter, science – they are in command of. When earlier this year the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) […]

Editorials

The AAP Crisis: Left and Precarious Politics

Pothik Ghosh and Pratyush Chandra Self-declared radical leftists of this country appear to have mastered rather well the art of making a virtue out of necessity. Unfortunately, that is just about the only art – or, for that matter, science – they are in command of. When earlier this year the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) […]

Is the transgressive still revolutionary?

Pothik Ghosh “By ‘sex-economic conditions’ we mean more than just the possibility of a… satisfying love life; over and above this we mean everything that is related to pleasure and the joy of life in one’s work.” – Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism The In-Betweenness of Radical Anti-Capitalism The political project of radical […]

Palestine: Beyond Third Worldism

Pothik Ghosh New Delhi’s support for, and solidarity, with the Palestinian liberation struggle stands all but abandoned. That the Indian foreign policy has shifted decisively away from Palestine towards the Yankee-Zionist-led imperialist axis to become its integral part is no longer even a badly concealed mystery. It is an indisputably evident fact that the Indian […]

Commentaries

Akhteruzzaman_Elias

The Insurrection of Akhtaruzzaman Elias

Pothik Ghosh The question of politics as far as an artist or a litterateur is concerned is usually posed in terms of what position the artist or the litterateur in question strikes as an individual with regard to the political situation of his day. Those terms often also extend to what such an artist or […]

Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams, Working-Class Struggle and the Jerkiness of History

Paresh Chandra If there is one thing that no self-respecting Marxist will question it is the idea of revolution – a complete rupture from the past. Complete in two senses: rupture in fundamentals – it is the essence that changes – and a rupture that includes everything; in other words, the essence of everything changes. […]

2011 Gurgaon Rally

An Account of the January 18-19 (2014) Meeting on Working Class Politics at Sevagram

In our October (2013) meeting at Sevagram, we sought to comprehend the lag between the evolving nature of capital-labour conflicts and the institutionalised political language that most of us spoke – how latter was becoming a hurdle not just in not allowing us to make any meaningful contribution in workers’ politics, but many times by […]

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