( ਇਹ ਲੇਖ 2003 ਵਿਚ ਆਂਧਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਵਿਚ ਲਾਗੂ ਕੀਤੇ ਕਾਰਪੋਰੇਟ ਖੇਤੀ ਮਾਡਲ ਉੱਤੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ।ਅੱਜ ਜਦੋਂ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਵਿਚ ਨਵੇਂ ਖੇਤੀ ਕਾਨੂੰਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਲਿਆ ਕੇ ਖੇਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਕਾਰਪੋਰੇਟ ਘਰਾਣਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਹਵਾਲੇ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਰਾਹ ਪੱਧਰਾ ਕਰੀ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਉਸ ਸਮੇਂ ਇਸ ਅਖੌਤੀ ‘ਕਿਸਾਨ ਪੱਖੀ’ ਕਾਰਪੋਰੇਟ ਖੇਤੀ ਮਾਡਲ ਦਾ ਪਰਦਾਫ਼ਾਸ਼ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ।ਇਸ ਕਾਰਪੋਰੇਟ ਖੇਤੀ ਮਾਡਲ ਦੇ ਮਾਰੂ ਸਿੱਟਿਆਂ ਸਮਝਣ ਲਈ ਇਹ ਲੇਖ ਬਹੁਤ ਅਹਿਮ ਹੈ। – ਅਦਾਰਾ ਪੰਜ ਤੀਰ)
In India, the parliamentary system remains the preferred form of governance due to certain particularities of the country. The first of these is its extreme social fragmentation with its abundance of castes, communal groupings, nationalities, ethnicities and regional identities. The second one is the absence of a dominant nationality or cohesive social group that could be made the social base of the state. Neither the ‘Hindi belt’, nor the Savarna Hindus, or even the Hindus as a whole can satisfy this need. Each of them is riven with divisions. Greater doses of Brahmanism only go to harden them, even as they join up against the ‘other’, the Muslims.
Present article first appeared in the January 2020 issue of ‘Towards a New Dawn’. K. Murali was arrested in 2015 allegedly for being a Maoist. This article explores the particularities of the Indian variant of fascism.
There could be no more striking demonstration than this lockdown of the simple fact that all of society runs on the labour of toiling people, in the fields, mines, factories, kilns, trains, buses, marketplaces, hospitals, sewers, and so many other sites. Without the labour of the workers, the owners of capital, the ‘wealth creators’, are unable to create a loaf of bread or a pin. And now, in order to ‘revive’ the economy, they have nothing more to suggest than that they step up the exploitation of workers.
The present write up appeared at RUPE site on 2nd May. Because of its importance in understanding as to how the present Modi government is using the present crisis originating from COVID-19 to completely undermine whatever is left of workers’ rights earned through struggle.
There were those people in the revolutionary ranks who opposed to feudalism, comprador capitalism and imperialism; but they did not really oppose the system of oppression per se. So, once the revolutionaries became the rulers, a new problem emerged: Would they rule in the name of the people together with the people or would they simply become new oppressors? How to prevent revolutionaries to become new oppressors was the real issue.
Should brute force be employed against you by an opponent, you may, if need be, resist it with brute force. However, having clinched the issue in your favor by defeating the opponent, then, as a victor, you may not make use of the position that you have secured through brute force to perpetrate injustices upon your vanquished opponent.
In Nazi Germany, when a woman named ‘Sophie’ and her two children were brought to the gas chamber by Nazi soldiers, they promised to release one of her two children alive after Sophie’s crying and pleading. But they left this decision on Sofie only. After the success of the novel ‘Sophie’s Choice’ based on this same story in 1979, ‘Sophie’s choice’ itself became an idiom in English. Today, when I look at the world facing a lock-down, absolutely horrified by Corona virus, I remember this phrase. If the lock down increases, the world economy will fall into a pit, crores of people will face an existential crisis, and if the lock down opens, the corona pandemic can claim the lives of millions and millions of people.