Redefining the Politics of Emancipation

The Living Planet Report is World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) periodic update on the state of the world’s ecosystems. Even a cursory reading of the report should be enough to get a sense of the scale of the current ecological crisis and the catastrophe which it could lead to. 

http://www.panda.org/news_facts/publications/living_planet_report/lpr_2008/index.cfm

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8040885/Living-Planet-Report-2008

This is perhaps the most well written description of the global economic crisis that plagues capitalism today. Thanks to Dipankar for the wonderful article. Thanks also to Sanhati (www.sanhati.com) and Radical Notes (www.radicalnotes.com).

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8040033/Global-Economic-Crisis

It’s the story of a place called Mouseland. Mouseland was a place where all the little mice lived and played, were born and died. And they lived much the same as you and I do.

They even had a Parliament. And every four years they had an election. Used to walk to the polls and cast their ballots. Some of them even got a ride to the polls. And got a ride for the next four years afterwards too. Just like you and me. And every time on election day all the little mice used to go to the ballot box and they used to elect a government. A government made up of big, fat, black cats.

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It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory with stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.

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This is a blog where I plan to initiate or rather intensify the discussion about left politics in India. I use the term politics in its widest sense and not just electoral politics as practiced in India today. The term “LEFT” means the following to me – Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Truth. It also means going to the etymological root of the word left i.e weak or useless (derived from the Anglo-Saxon “lyft”). This means the aim of left politics should unequivocally be the emancipation of the weak and powerless. Of course, the class of people who are weak and powerless keeps on changing with time as the definition of power and power structures keep on changing. In this blog, I will try to enunciate and discuss the power structures currently in play in Indian society and ways to combat and resist them. Resistance should not only mean a reaction to existing reality but also creating new realities. I think it is only through a concerted collective effort on both fronts that we can dream of achieving any kind of liberation. So, let the revolution begin!

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