India, Left Politics, Movements, Organisational QUestion, Politics, South Asia

Kerala Elections and Debates Around the Left Ministry

The exclusion of the former Kerala Health Minister K Shailaja despite her victory in elections has been criticised from Left politicians as well as sympathisers. Should one really worry so much about the exclusion?

India, Left Politics, Movements, Organisational QUestion, South Asia

Rosa Luxemburg and the Pedagogy of Revolution: Reflections on the current impasse facing the Indian Left

Ravi Kumar West Bengal slipped away from the hands of the Left as it lost the elections. Tripura, another state, decided to shift to the right parliamentarily. There were questions raised by the younger generation within the Left in Bihar during the 2020 elections. The Left in India is not in the best of its… Continue reading Rosa Luxemburg and the Pedagogy of Revolution: Reflections on the current impasse facing the Indian Left

Education, India, Jamia, Movements, Politics, South Asia, Student Politics

Don’t Doubt Us, We have been your students

Ravi Kumar I remember those faceswhich wanted proofof me getting killed,of 16 fractures in my bodyafter they took me out of the hostel room,tied me to a treeand broke my bones I remember those faceswhich wanted oil radiator in their officesforgetting that I was being dragged out in the cold winter nightand beaten upwhen I… Continue reading Don’t Doubt Us, We have been your students

India, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Left Politics, Movements, Politics, South Asia

The Battle at Begusarai: More than loss and win it is about what kind of politics we want

There are a lot of anti-BJP intellectuals who have not been writing why people should vote for Kanhaiya Kumar. And I understand the predicament. For them, dilemma emanates from the fact that either of the anti-BJP candidates – RJD or CPI – would work. I also understand why both are put at the same plane… Continue reading The Battle at Begusarai: More than loss and win it is about what kind of politics we want

Education, India, Movements

The King and his Court gives a new farman: Attendance for JNU teachers

An university where students did not require to register their presence through an attendance system or whether the teaching and examinations will be held in the most unusual manner rather than the mechanised form of examinations and pedagogical transactions prescribed by a centralised examination branch that most universities had. Imagine a class happening not in… Continue reading The King and his Court gives a new farman: Attendance for JNU teachers

BJP, Education, India, Movements

HECI: Inevitable Product of the Corporatised Capitalist Education

BJP regime still needs to learn how to frame a document of governance. It messes it up and makes it look unprofessional and infantile. The HECI Act is an example of it, as it is full of contradictions and incomplete facts. Here is an Act, which is clear about the intentions of the government but… Continue reading HECI: Inevitable Product of the Corporatised Capitalist Education

BJP, Caste Politics, India, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Movements, Nitish Kumar, Politics, Sociology

Meanings of Bihar Election 2015: Victory of the Local and Popular over the Ignorance of the Others

(Note: This was written immediately after the assembly elections in Bihar in October-November 2015. This was not published anywhere out of laziness and because publishing in magazines/journals also involves many constraints. It is being posted without any alteration. It would be interesting to see how things have moved since then and when the neighbouring state… Continue reading Meanings of Bihar Election 2015: Victory of the Local and Popular over the Ignorance of the Others

India, Left Politics, Movements, Organisational QUestion, Politics

Left and the Organisational Question

The JNU elections 2016 have done what the mobilisation for Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban did. It has sent a message across the whole spectrum of Right that there are possibile spaces where it cannot have it as easy as it expects. The official intervention through a Sangh-subservient Vice-Chancellor to use of all sorts of state… Continue reading Left and the Organisational Question

India, Movements, Politics

AAP and the Electricity Issue: Absence of an Alternative Imagination

Bourgeois politics in some of its forms employs excess of rhetoric, keeping us trapped in an imagination where the resolution of all problems lie within the system. It consistently reminds us that There Is No Alternative to Capitalism albeit in a slightly different language - a language which invited praise from everyone - from the… Continue reading AAP and the Electricity Issue: Absence of an Alternative Imagination