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Indian Semi-Fascism and the Left

Following the ascendancy of Hindutvavadi nationalism over its "secular" counterpart, and a majority, Modi-led government in power at the centre, semi-fascism is in the making in a milieu characterised by monstrous class polarisation, a sub-imperialist tendency of the oligopolistic business stratum/Indian state, rotten liberal-political democracy and widespread "Syndicated Hindu" religiosity. What is this semi-fascism? How may the Left resist it? What may the anti-semi-fascist magazine be comprised of?

This essay is dedicated to the memories of Sheikh Abdul Rawoof and Nirmal Kumar Chandra, the former, a Maoist revolutionary, who passed away on 9 February 2014, the latter, one of India’s finest radical economists, who died on 19 March 2014. Their respective aspirations lay beyond the narrow limits of “acceptable politics”/“adequate scholarship”. I am grateful to John Mage and Paresh Chattopadhyay, and to my colleagues at EPW, for their helpful comments on an earlier draft. The text in its first draft was in the form of notes I prepared for a Rawoof Memorial Lecture I delivered in Thrissur on 16 March 2014, and I benefi ted from the discussion and the comments that followed. I assume responsibility for any mistakes and shortcomings that remain.

You can’t have ideas like mine and expect to be left alone.

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