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Three Problems of Reading Engels and the Reasons Why We Need To

REFLECTING on the contributions of Frederick Engels on his bicentenary, three issues come to mind. How do we read his writings today? A lot of his writings were polemics against defenders of the existing order; or those proposing theories that ran counter to Marx and Engels’ views on the struggles of the working class for a new and just society. We have a double problem here, one is understanding what Engels was writing against, as those figures, such as Dühring, live on only because of Engels’ Anti-Dühring. The second problem is the language of the text.

Engels and Women's Emancipation

THE historic contribution to the cause of women’s emancipation by Friedrich Engels, co-founder along with Marx, of the theory and practice of scientific socialism, has not dimmed with the passage of time. It continues to light the path of struggle being waged by millions of women across the world against systemic discrimination and violence which prevails even in the most developed capitalist societies.

ENGELS 200

THE 200th birth anniversary of Frederick Engels falls on November 28, 2020. Under normal circumstances, without the raging pandemic, necessary precautions and the lockdown restrictions, the CPI(M) would have observed this event in a befitting manner like the Party observed Marx 200 in 2018-19.

Worker-Peasant Unity to Resist Neoliberal Policies

THE All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a platform of nearly 250 peasant and agriculture worker organisations, and the joint platform of central trade unions, sectoral federations and associations have joined hands to give a clarion call against the continuous onslaught on the workers and the peasantry by the union government led by the BJP. The call is for a general strike and grameen harthal with village/block level chakka jaam on November 26 and joint demonstrations on November 27 at state/district/block centres.

November 26 General Strike: Defeat Neoliberalism; Usher in Pro-People Policy Regime

THE working class is all geared up for a massive countrywide general strike on November 26, 2020. The declaration adopted in the online joint national convention of workers has strongly condemned the BJP government’s attacks on the basic workplace, democratic and constitutional rights of the workers and the people of our country.

Bid to dilute OBC Reservation is to divide the Agrarian Community

NOW, what is the target of BJP and Sangh Parivar, after Citizens Amendment Bill 2020 and the Farm Bills-Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (promotion and facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (empowerment and protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 ? Does the centre’s delay in reconstituting the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) precisely give any hints?

e-Auction of Coal Blocks, nexus between Corporates and BJP

INDIA is self-sufficient enough in the precious natural resources like coal. Tonnes of crores of coal are reserved in the mines of the states like Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Chattishgarh, Madhya Pradesh. Fifteen lakh crore tonnes of coals are lifted daily from the mines in our country. The nationalised Coal India Limited (CIL) has been engaged for lifting coals from the mines, distributes and export as a key agency under this type of nationalised supervision for long decades soon after our independence, the coal sector has become a large profit-making sector in India.

US Long Term Project Fructifies

THE signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for geo-spatial cooperation at the 2+2 meeting of the United States and Indian defence and foreign ministers in New Delhi must have been a moment of deep satisfaction for the US establishment and the Pentagon. 

What began as a project to enlist India as a strategic ally of the United States three decades ago has reached fruition with the signing of the last of the so-called foundational agreements on October 27, 2020.

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