Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Meaning of the West Bengal Higher Education Act 2017

An interview with Professor Gautam Gupta, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University conducted by Vikalp team member Suchetana Chattopadhyay in Kolkata, late April 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Teesta Setalvad’s Memoir: Countering the Hegemonic Narrative about Gujarat 2002 and Beyond

Abdul Rahman

(Book review of 'Foot Soldier of the Constitution' by Teesta Setalvad, published in 2017 by Leftword Books)

All we know today, thanks to media manufactured “truths”, that Narendra Modi is a “vikas purush” and there are people primarily “sickular” types who are against him. We have faced the situation where any criticism of Modi has become a criticism of Indian nation. This was not the case a decade ago. The genocide in post-Godhra Gujarat in February-March 2002 was fresh in minds of the people and it seems the common perception saw Modi responsible for the death of almost 2000 innocents both Hindus and Muslims. Though he won elections he was anathema outside Gujarat. Then came a drastic change in this perception and by 2014 general elections he became the single most popular leader of India, at least that is what media is saying. What happened? Teesta Setalvad’s memoir “A foot Soldier of the Constitution” published by LeftWord attempts to answer this question. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Quote Selective, Drape Progressive – The “RIGHT” WAY !!


This epistle is a response to a masquerading intellectual who had contrived an article titled “Lengthy Slogans, Lousy Research – Of Force and Farce: Why Progressive UGC regulations have rattled nerves at JNU” that figured on the edit page of Times of India dated 8th April, 2017. The reference to his piece is provided at the end of this article.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Role of Three C’s – Caste, Class and Communalism in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election

Dr. Manjur Ali

In recently concluded round of state assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh results have been the most astounding as well as crucial for future course of national politics. The scale of BJP’s victory has confounded many observers, especially in view of no perceptible Modi wave as was the case during 2014 Lok Sabha elections. So how does one make sense of these results? Should one view it as a verdict in favor of demonetization by poor? Is it endorsement of heady cocktail of ‘nationalism plus development’ as BJP preaches? Or is it an endorsement of its Hindutva politics? Present article is an attempt to interrogate the role of ‘Caste, Class and Communalism’ in UP elections to have a nuanced understanding of the verdict. (Vikalp Editorial Team)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bhagat Singh’s Legacy

Balu S

Today is Bhagat Singh’s 86th martyrdom day. On 23 March 1931 he along with Sukhdev and Rajguru, was hanged for the assassination of a British officer P Saunders in Lahore in 1928. Bhagat Singh was a young revolutionary influenced by the 1917 Russian Revolution and the ideas of socialism. However, his legacy has been claimed by different ideological groups including the hardcore rightwing RSS and its student body ABVP. This is a dangerous trend. Bhagat Singh and his friends stood opposed to all forms of divisive and regressive ideologies including Hindutva. RSS and ABVP’s attempt to appropriate their legacy is a desperate move to gain legitimacy for their divisive and regressive politics. Present article is an attempt to reiterate Bhagat Singh’s Marxist legacy (Vikalp’s editorial team).