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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 India
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