HOW dramatically can political mood and ideological discourse change in a mere couple of decades! In January 1989 the New Yorker greeted the collapse and crisis of pseudo-communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR with an article titled “Triumph of Capitalism”.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MARXIST STUDIES
Founded December, 1995
• Dissemination of Marxism among left ranks and its
popularisation in a new idiom.
• Conducting basic study and research on Marxism and
other currents of progressive thought, cultural currents,
scientific advances and philosophical probes.
• Channelising debates on the burning political questions
of the day: from the centrality of class to the plurality of
women's issues and new social movements; caste, class
and Brahminism and so on.
“FOR many a decade past, the history of industry and commerce is but the history of the revolt of modern productive forces against modern conditions of production, against the property relations that are the conditions for the existence of the bourgeois and of its rule. It is enough to mention the commercial crises that, by their periodical return, put the existence of the entire bourgeois society on its trial, each time more threateningly. …In these crises, there breaks out an epidemic that, in all earlier epochs, would have seemed an absurdity - the epidemic of over-production.
The Indian Institute of Marxist Studies has produced this booklet compiling articles, speeches, notes and interviews representing CPI(ML)’s views on imperialist globalisation and the Party's commitment to the vision of glorious socialist future of the humankind.
Arindam Sen is a Central Committee Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and Director of Indian Institute of Marxist Studies.
Vinod Mishra was General Secretary of CPI(ML) from 1974 to the day of his untimely demise on 18 December 1998.
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IN this last part of the article we propose to elaborate on two important and interrelated areas of our concern, already touched in Part II: (a) grasping the proletarian approach to women’s movement and (b) promoting communist attitude to women in the party and society. The first we will discuss in light of the words and deeds of some prominent women leaders of the international communist movement; the second in that of Lenin’s teachings. To round off the whole discussion, we will then conclude with a few words on the connection between socialism and women’s liberation.
IN the progress from group marriage to pairing marriage it was women who took the lead because the former proved extremely oppressive and degrading for them. Ironically, with the development of productive forces (the iron plough for example), generation of surplus product (particularly in agriculture) and accumulation of private property (cattle, slaves, land etc.) the pairing family proved to be a transition to monogamous family, which institutionalised women’s bondage.
“WOMAN, wake up; the tocsin of reason is being heard throughout the whole universe; discover your rights. … Enslaved man has multiplied his strength and needs recourse to yours to break his chains. Having become free, he has become unjust to his companion. Oh, women, women! When will you cease to be blind?”
BOTH Singur and Nandigram are fertile multi-cropped regions with a settled peasantry having deep socio-economic and emotional attachment with land. Both areas boast a tebhaga lineage and sharecroppers, the basic motive force of that historic movement, still constitute a significant section of the peasantry and a major force of the present struggle.