[Marxism] [Sanhati, 21 September 2009] Latest Articles at Sanhati

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Fri Sep 25 08:16:21 MDT 2009

Sanhati Update (September 21, 2009)


1. Failure of economics to failure of capitalism? : A summary and new
perspectives on the Great Recession
- Dipankar Basu

(A summary of the ongoing discussions among economists in their
attempt to analyze their own failure to foresee the timing, extent and
severity of the current economic crisis. Also highlighted are the
limitations of mainstream economics and it is argued that Marxist
tradition of political economy is far superior in predicting such a
crisis because of a proper understanding of the fundamental
contradictions of capitalism.)

2.Decriminalizing homosexuality in India - A step forward….but
- Rukmini Sen

(A discussion of the salient points in the recent Delhi High Court
judgement which decriminalizes consensual sexual acts of adult males
in private. The author also raises concerns regarding the limitations
inherent in the judgement.)

3. The situation in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh today
- Sudha Bharadwaj
- Amit Singh - Translation of leaflets from rally of Bastar Sambhag
Kisan Sangharsh Samiti

(This article presents a summary of the current situation in
Chhattisgarh, and also has a translated leaflet from the recent rally
of BSKSS in Bastar.)

4. Reflections on the changing face of the gram samaj: A montage from
a post-Aila Sunderbans
- Amitava Chaudhuri. Translated by Siddhartha Mitra. (source: Manthan Samayiki)

(The author speaks extensively to Sunderban locals in the aftermath of
Aila, finding a world where growing awareness of rights and volatility
coexists with age-old faith in myths and invincibility. Old-timers
reflect on the changing face of the village society or gram samaj,
which was ruthlessly interventionist and coercive in feudal times,
only to be replaced by a calculating politics of populism, patronage,
and pilferage in modern times. The author concludes that in an age of
global warming with impending disasters, an inhospitable environment
like the Sunderbans where there is no infrastructure to speak of needs
vibrant social networks to survive.)

5. The current price rise : a view from West Bengal
- Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri

(The author discusses how the price rise, being faced by the people of
West Bengal, is due to the tolerance of the state and central
governments, for hoarders and speculators and partly due to the
dependence on imports of key commodities like and consequent import of
price rise from international markets, which, again, owes its origin
only in part to real shortages, and mostly to speculation, hoarding,
and futures trading.)

6. Maoists, the boycott of elections, and violence: A debate
- Sumanta Banerjee (source: EPW)
- Azad

(Participation in electoral politics has always been a hotly debated
topic among the Indian radical left organisations - this was reignited
during the recently held Lok Sabha elections. Sumanta Banerjee, in an
article published in EPW (May 2009), discussed issues related to the
boycott of elections and in that context analysed the politics of
CPI(Maoist). In response to that, the article written by by Azad, a
spokesperson of the CPI(Maoist) addresses several questions/criticisms
raised by Sumanta Banerjee.)

7. Strike of casual workers in Haldia Port challenges CITU-contractor
nexus, wins important economic gains
- Suvarup Saha. Translated from ShramikShakti, Sept 21 2009.

(This article details the victory of the causal workers at the Haldia
Port in their struggle for increasing their wages.)

8. Delivery of food supply in India - the edge of the precipice
An Analytical Monthly Review editorial, September 2009.

(We now face a qualitative change in our most fundamental economic
relationship—delivery of food supply. The problem is not the
variability of the weather. Rather, the situation has arisen from an
extended process rooted in the sharp growth in inequality that has
accompanied the extension of capitalist social relations in the period
of “reform”. The condition of fully half of the population has been
steadily weakening over the last decades, growing ever more
undernourished. At the same time the governmental tools available to
respond to a food crisis have been under continuous attack, and are no
longer able to fill their role.)

9. Gurgaon Workers News: Updates from factory struggles

(The article sums up workers struggle in 3 factories in the Gurgaon
area in North India: Liliput Kids Wear factory, Unistyle, and
Wearwell. It is sourced from Gurgaon Workers News.)

10. Encounter murders: From Ishrat Jahan in Gujarat to the forests of Dantewara
- Bernard de Mello (source: MRZine)
- PUDR-APCLC note on Encounter Deaths

(The first article, sourced from MRZine, discusses how encounter
killings is an all-India strategy of colonialism, from Batla House in
Delhi to the killing forests of Chhattisgarh. The bulk of encounter
deaths have been perpetrated in regions of India where state power is
being contested or nationalist movements are operational, underscoring
that this is a military tactic under a law-and-order mask. Also
attached is the PUDR-APCLC note on the struggle of the civil liberties
and democratic rights organisations in their legal struggles to unmask
the murders that shroud the encounters.)

11. Ending Africa’s Hunger
- Raj Patel, Eric Holt-Gimenez & Annie Shattuck. (source: The Nation)

(Bill Gates's fortune is funding a new Green Revolution. But is that
what Africans need ?)

12. Yet to learn drought lessons
- Devinder Sharma (source: Hardnews)

(Food prices are rising not due to a delayed monsoon. It is because of
massive hoarding, black market and speculation. Yet, the government
takes refuge behind the excuse: markets driven by sentiments.)


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