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Struggle for Hegemony in India

Struggle for Hegemony in India

First Edition
Three Volume Set
  • Shashi Joshi - Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
  • Bhagwan Josh - Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

December 2011 | 1 276 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Struggle for Hegemony in India is a three-volume series that delineates the multidimensional activities of the Indian communists. It explores the role of the communist movement within the democratic polity of India. The series addresses the changing relationship of the communists with the Indian National Congress, their emergence as an opposition party, the details of the formation of Left Front governments in state politics, and their experience with insurrectionary movements in the country.

Deploying Gramsci’s concept of hegemony, the series comments on the failure of the left-wing to establish itself as a hegemonic force in India. The interpretation of the concept in terms of power between different ‘classes’ and ‘communities’ is groundbreaking; it not only enlarges the meaning of ‘hegemony’ but also makes it the basis of a new historiography.

This revised edition covers an extensive period from 1920 to 2009, tracing the communist movement from its earliest years in India to contemporary times. The authors, both grounded in Marxist literature, are able to expertly analyze the various contours of the communist movement in South Asia within the context of the struggle for power and hegemony.
Hegemony and the Historical Method  
The Irrelevance of Leninism  
The Non-cooperation Movement and the Birth of Workers' and Peasants' Parties  
To be or Not to be: Communist Party or WPP?  
The Colonial State, Indian Capitalists, and the Left : State, Nation and Class  
Nehru's Paradigm  
Towards Left Hegemony : Molecular Changes in Mass Ideology  
Salt and the Steelframe Contending Hegemonies  
'Sarkar Hargai'  
Of Strategies and Methods of Struggle  
The Politics of Nation and Class  
'Sectarianism' or Alienation  
In the Ghetto  
M.N. Roy, Indian Communists and the Third International  
The Colonial State  
Gandhian Strategy and the Framework of Hegemonic Politics  
State Policy, Congress Crisis, and the Birth of a New Ideology  
Gathering Forces of the Left and Government's Strategy of Suppression  
The Third International and the Indian Communists : Communist Party and the Disunited National Front  
Marxism and Marxist Practices  
Of Political Issues and Ideological Conflicts : Colonial Constitution, Council Entry and Office Acceptance  
The Ministries and the Left : Experiments with Class Adjustment  
The Left and the Ministries : Experiments with Class Confrontation - I  
The Left and the Ministries : Experiments with Class Confrontation - II  
The Divided left: Notes on Permanent Disunity  
Politics of Transformation vs Politics of Alternative  
Communists since Independence  
Epilogue - From Naxalbari to Lalgarh: The Continuity of Insurrectionary Politics  
Culture, Community and Power  
Outline of a Theory of Cultural Power  
The Power of the Past : Two Paradigms of Cultural Hegemony  
Power and Hegemony: The Site of Cultural Struggle  
The Cultural Faultline and its Mirrors  
The State in Medieval North India and the Cultural Faultline  
Women and Sexuality in the Discourse of Communalism and Communal Violence  
Narratives of Cultural Context  
The Cultural Complexion of the Nation: Indian National Congress versus Hindu Mahasabha  
Cultural Limits to Secular Politics : Sermons On National Unity  
Three Songs  
Postscript: Dilemmas of Indian Secularism

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ISBN: 9788132106548