ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Demise of the Planning Commission?

I read with interest the analysis made by Prabhat Patnaik in “End of the Planning Commission?” (EPW, 19 July 2014). Despite the striking dissimilarities bet­ween fascism and nazism of the 1930s and the current resurgent anti-democratic tendencies of finance capital, there is a marked similarity in how the spaces of counter-hegemony dissipate and the dominant ideology takes over a vast
majority of the unsuspecting masses.

With the discredit of a massive nature in the immediately preceding period, the political and bureaucratic system has suffered and the lack of a credible alternative pushes these forces to power. There is a vacuum of an alternative opposition which can convincingly present the electorate with a set of policies which can work on the ground.

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