India still has a significant and relatively powerful communist movement. In spite of the massive setbacks communist parties have suffered in and since the 2014 national elections, and their general decline during the past decade, the Indian Left is a significant component of the political spectrum. It is represented in virtually every state in the form of trade unions, peIndia still has a significant and relatively powerful communist movement. In spite of the massive setbacks communist parties have suffered in and since the 2014 national elections, and their general decline during the past decade, the Indian Left is a significant component of the political spectrum. It is represented in virtually every state in the form of trade unions, peasant associations, women’s organisations and student unions, and in state legislatures, municipal bodies and village councils.The Phoenix Moment seeks to understand how a communist movement, almost unique within the world’s capitalist democracies, flourished for so long in India, and what accounts for its initially gradual and then rapid decline. It also asks how far and in what manner the Left has accomplished its goals; whether it could have achieved more and what its future prospects are. Crucially, political analyst Praful Bidwai investigates whether the Left’s core agenda of progressive or socialist transformation can yet be reinvented and restored to relevance – either with its own agency or through other forces, formations and initiatives. Given the paucity of analytical literature on the mainstream Left at the national level, Bidwai’s timely and deeply insightful book fills a crucial void....
|Title||:||The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting the Indian Left|
|Number of Pages||:||600 Pages|
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The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting the Indian Left Reviews
considering the serious tone with which bidwai used to write, this book also exemplifies his zeal for a greater discourse varios topics relevent to india in particular. as a sympethiser of the left in india, biwdai has anslysed it with a robust and lucid style.the book also delved into the space that left used to have in aspects other than political. coming at a time when the left is at their historic low number in parliament , the book is a reminder to both the torchbearer of indian left and common folk alike that it is time for s rethink in its approach
Very good one volume study of Left movement in India. Perfect entry point to the subject.
The strength of the Parliamentary left in India is in a downward slide. Be its share of seats in the Parliament, membership to its mass organisations or even subscriptions to its journals, the left (led by the CPI(M)) is vastly reduced numerically. The CPI(M) has acknowledged this retreat and deliberated the actions that need to be taken to stem this slide by holding an Organisational Plenum for the first time since 1978. Unfortunately, even the plenum has not brought any fresh insights or solutions. For the CPI(M), congruence in the quality of its theory and practice seems to have happened at the most inopportune moment. While the problems confronting the Indian left do not have any easy solutions, doing more of the same, as the CPI(M) seems to think may not be the answer.It is at this juncture in the history of Indian Left that Praful Bidwai’s “The Phoenix Moment - Challenges confronting the Indian Left” has been released. https://ajithpadmanabhan.wordpress.co...