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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.
 
VOLUME 1
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

 
 
VOLUME 2
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

 
 
VOLUME 3
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

 
 
Conclusion
 
Postscript: Dilemmas of Indian Secularism
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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ISBN: 9788132106548
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