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How Can Left Politics in India Be Reclaimed?

In the light of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the declining performance of the left in national politics has been a subject of debate. The current political turmoil in the country has raised crucial questions both about the continued relevance of the left and its future discourse in mainstream politics. How can the left reclaim its politics and re-imagine its future?

Pa Ranjith’s ‘Kaala’ and the Dalit-Left Revolution to Come

Kaala embodies the confusion and contradictions of the contemporary subaltern politics. It is conscious of the need for solidarity between the Dalit–Bahujan and the left, yet it cannot imagine what form it will take.

Rethinking Tibet?

Why and for what are the Tibetans - the people who have silently coexisted on our soil for over half a century and with whom we otherwise profess to have close cultural ties - struggling? Indians have by and large remained unaffected by their agonised cries. It is the attitude of liberal left thinkers in this country that is in particular a matter of grave concern. How are we to understand the apathy and outright aversion of the "egalitarian left" towards the Tibetan movement?

Breaking New Ground

For over 25 years, the agitation waged over the restoration of alienated tribal land in Kerala had languished as successive state governments chose to ignore several court directives. Yet the unusual mode of struggle waged recently by the ADSS drew unprecedented tribal support. The negotiations that followed with the state government broke new ground as well, as the adivasis sought concessions that marked a departure from previously legislated acts.

Globalisation: A Saga of Poor Understanding

The experience of the Bolsheviki in the Russian revolution has lessons to offer the Indian left, if only it would read history. Rising from its disarray, the left could make the demand for effective democratic panchayati raj institutions with full autonomy a rallying point for struggle against the current system and so raise mass consciousness.
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