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Future Perspectives for the Mainstream Indian Left

The keys for a rejuvenated and radical left in India must be its promotion of alternatives to neo-liberal capitalism, formation of a united anti-capitalist front, weaks in its organisational principles of "democratic centralism" to allow for the fl owering of genuine democratic discussion and debate within itself and constant involvement in struggles of and for the people.

Sheer Insensitivity

We are shocked at the government’s sheer insensitivity in announcing on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe that it is going ahead with the Jaitapur nuclear power project.

A Stimulating Volume

Armed Militias of South Asia: Fundamentalists, Maoists and Separatists edited by Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot (London: Hurst & Company), 2009; distributed in south Asia by Foundation Books, paperback, pp 276.

The Issue of Nuclear Terrorism

The nuclear summit of 47 countries that was convened by the United States skirted the real issues of proliferation and disarmament of atomic weapons by the nuclear weapon states. Instead, the hyped up discourse was centred on preventing the transfer of nuclear weapons to non-state actors or "irresponsible" state actors, shifting focus away from the primary problem - that of state terrorism in both its nuclear and non-nuclear forms. The self-serving talk of nuclear terrorism legitimises the possession of these instruments of mass destruction by the nuclear weapon states.

Regional and Global Nuclear Disarmament: Going Beyond the NPT

The accession of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States is an opportune time to revisit the issue of global and regional nuclear disarmament. What are the options open to civil society? The two routes to global and regional disarmament are obviously connected but not in a manner whereby movement along the latter is made conditional on forward movement along the former where the us has always been the biggest obstacle, the pace-setter in creating and deepening the global nuclear mess. This article is about where we stand today and what future directions in the cause of nuclear disarmament may be worth pursuing.

Honourable Liberalism

Civil Paths to Peace: Report of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding; Commonwealth Secretariat

Maoist and State Violence in Orissa - I

We strongly condemn the massacre of 13 policemen and two civilians in Nayagarh town of Orissa by armed Maoists on February 17.

Militarism and Capitalist Accumulation

Accumulation Questioning Globalised Militarism: Nuclear and Military Production and Critical Economic Theory by Peter Custers; Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2007; pp 431, Rs 695 (hardback).

National Interest: A Flawed Notion

National interest, as this article contends, does not determine foreign policy. The belief that a state can, does and should pursue the national interest presupposes that the state in some way or the other represents all sections of the national society; after all, modern states are nation states legitimised in the name of peoples constituted, however, as separate nations. It is, in fact, the political and therefore moral character (which changes over time as well) of the leadership strata that makes and shapes foreign policy decisions. It is against this background that this article makes an analysis of Indian foreign policy and the shifts seen in policy since 1991.

The Iran Issue

Since the end of the cold war, the US has been seeking to establish a permanent global dominance, to achieve which dominance over the strategically vital region of west Asia is essential. The aim of the US vis-à-vis Iran has been how to undermine the regime and make it subordinate. The US wants to go to any extreme to have an excuse to put the squeeze on Iran in consonance with its wider ambitions, which go beyond the issue of that Asian country's nuclear weapons-making prospects. For India, the options are clear enough, but are not reflected in the position of either the UPA government or the Left.

Significance of Framework Agreement on Defence

The framework agreement on defence and the nuclear accord that India has entered into with the US have to be seen together. The real meaning and importance of the defence agreement becomes clear once it is situated in the wider historical, political and strategic context of a US out to establish an informal global imperium and looking for junior 'partners' to fulfil this project. And, India, in order to be accepted de facto as a 'responsible nuclear power' is committing itself to various forms of political-strategic cooperation that signal a definitive end to any idea that it will either stand up to the US' global ambitions or that it will attempt any serious role in promoting global nuclear disarmament.

Nuclear Disarmament

The principal regional goal of our nuclear disarmament movement can only be the call and demand for a South Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. From a political-tactical point of view this is far superior to alternatives like calling for unilateral disarmament in India or Pakistan.


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