What is Happening in Kerala Under Left Rule?

04 September 2019

The hallmark of postmodern discourse on contemporary political developments in general is its gross disregard of the fundamental and determining dynamics associated with the all-embracing and all-pervasive role of multinational corporate capital and the linkage of both state power and  political parties to the crucial question connected with it. In other words such analyses by their over- emphasis on the cultural dimension including everything from religion to social values though apparently progressive, deconstruct the underlying material basis that decides the political outcomes.

At present, Kerala is confronting a total reversal of all the social reform and ‘renaissance’ values that it has gained through yesteryears struggles for which both the political right that is becoming far-right and the mainstream left that is also embracing neo-liberalism are responsible. The crucial issues of dalits, adivasis, fisher people and all oppressed including their fundamental land question is cunningly avoided in mainstream discussions.

As part of this political degeneration, the mainstream left through its adherence to neoliberal- corporatization is now engaged in a depoliticising mission such that all decadent brahmanical values, casteist practices and religious revivalism irrespective of their denominations are bouncing back with intensified vigour in Kerala. That is, the so called left’ s affinity to neo-liberalism is the threatening factor that paves the way for the rapid advance of saffron fascism in Kerala too. As what happened in Bengal and Tripura, the Congress that is already in disarray cannot be a solution for this political degeneration in Kerala too. Only a people’ s alternative with ideological-political clarity capable of resisting this decay can effectively take up the task of facing this challenge. Otherwise, ultra-right fascist forces will be the gainer.

The basic flaw of the article that is attached here is that it remains at the realm of cultural superstructure and ignores other fundamental issues, though such a demarcation between culture and political economy is unscientific.

(Comment by Comrade PJ James on the article on Kerala Situation in https://www.sabrang india.in/article/social-reform-key-block-bjp)

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