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Rai, Shirin M. and Prakash, Anand, eds. (2021) Indian Debates on the International Left: Selected Writings of Lajpat Rai. New Delhi: Sage. (Politics and Society in India and the Global South)

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Abstract

This book traces the Indian Left’s engagement with the international communist debates of the 1960s and 1970s, shedding new light on the fault lines within the Left as well as on its international solidarities. Lajpat Rai argued for rethinking established leftist positions, seeking inspiration in experiment and developing creative approaches for the sustainability of socialist ideas and ideals. The contemporary relevance of these debates is significant as the Left remains without a sharp response to the rise of neoliberalism and right-wing populism in India, and a failure of the Left to recognize the challenges emanating from a strongly integrated and organized finance capital on the one hand and the increasingly self-aware identity politics on the other. Democratic opposition rather than a bureaucratic thinking needs to be the backbone of any meaningful Left struggle. Lajpat Rai’s passionate writing gives expression to the spirit and intensity of political debates at the time and the role of the Left intelligentsia in comprehending, from a committed socialist angle, the shifting paradigms of an unstable world to help bring about progressive change.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
ISBN: 9354792111
Copyright Statement: Open Access
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4135/9789354792120
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2023 10:17
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/39246
Funders: Other

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