Marxism For Beginners

Marxis For Beginners

MARXISM FOR BEGINNERS Publisher’s Note First of all, we sincerely regret our undue delay in talking out Monograph-2, second of the series of six, as proposed at the outset. In Monograph-1, our attempt was to clear some of the major confusions existing in popular perception on various communist posers, in a dialogic form and to reiterate, in course, basic Marxist positions on issues involved. Here we dare take a little unorthodox recourse to arrive at Marxist understanding on some other issues, mostly uncovered in its precursor and we have retained the same dialogic form. The questions selected may not always correspond with the usual queries in popular mind, but they are thought provoking, nevertheless. The way the answers arc structured may be somewhat non-traditional, but they are definitely in consonance with the lexicon used in contemporary Marxist studies. The discourse at times may appear to be not so simple; that is perhaps the price one has to pay to make way for newer approaches and idioms. Commitment for new idiom may have weighed heavier than that for simplicity and it may take rather heavier toll of die readers’ concentration, but once you take this pain, you are sure to be refreshed with a gush of new light and newer arenas are thrown open. That is what is extremely important for the new generations of students of...

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Marxism For Beginners

Q 1. We know what there is to know about Marxism through available literature and the general truisms about the creed have become a part of common intellectual discourse. What is the practical relevance, today, of revisiting its theoretical and scholastic heights which are often difficult to climb? Well, today, in I997, India reaches its 50th year of independence. But instead of celebrating its Golden Jubilee with unanimity and consensus, the nation-state stands at a crossroad. The rich are ranged against the poor, communities against communities, caste against caste, industrialist against worker, industrialist against industrialist, politician against the people, politician against politician. Every one agrees that the economy is in crisis and structural reforms are needed. But while one group argues about a globalised economy and a pro-multinational path, others propose the radical opposite. There are plenty of arguments which strike a middle path further complicating the scenario. What is more, many ideals of the freedom movement actually stand on their heads. Secularism is giving way to soft and hard communalism, self reliance to dependence and socialism to the naked rule of the big bourgeoisie. 50 years of Indian independence also mark 72 years of communist movement in India. The movement had once held the promise of change and revolution. But today it is passing through an acute phase of trials, tribulations and transition. The same holds true for...

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