Marx designated the difference between what he termed “political emancipation” and “human emancipation” – between purely formal equality and rights in politics and the fundamental inequality and lack of rights in the real world. This classically sets out the reality of Western parliamentary democracy.
On April 21 India registered 315,000 cases in a 24-hour period. Hospitals are running out of beds and of oxygen. Vaccines are not available at the pace necessary. This is because there has been a total failure of the Indian government, led by Modi, to take the pandemic seriously.
The Supreme Court has suspended the farm laws. The farmers organisations have rejected the “expert committee” set up by the Court. The coming days are going to be crucial for the framers’ struggle.
In this video leading Indian Marxist Vijay Prashad explains what the difference between socialist China and capitalist India really means for 2.8 billion people. It is a literal life and death issue.