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C.P. Chandrasekhar speaks on 'Revisiting 'Capital' in the Age of Finance'
23 September, 2017,
The third lecture, titled 'Revisiting Capital in the Age of Finance', was delivered on 23rd September, 2017 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. In this lecture, he talks about the phases that capitalism went through since its inception.
C.P. Chandrasekhar Speaks on 'Capital and the Critique of Bourgeois Political Economy'
09 September, 2017,
The first lecture, titled 'Capital and the critique of bourgeois political economy', was delivered on 9 September 2017 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. In this lecture, Professor Chandrasekhar talks about Marx's analysis of capitalism as an inevitably transient mode of production in a constant opposition to political economists of that period, and his contributions to the Labour Theory of Value. He also discusses how Marx's analysis does not fully examine the role of the state and the periphery as sites for primitive accumulation thus overestimating the transformative potential of capitalism.
Socialism and Welfarism
27 August, 2009, Prabhat Patnaik
Unlike welfarism, Socialism consists not just in building a humane society. It is of course that; but it is also something more. Its concern is with human freedom, with the change in the role of the people from being objects of history to being its subjects. Even though conceptually distinct, there is a dialectical connection between the two, that of contributing to the process of sharpening of class struggle - the vital reason of bourgeoisies’ opposition to Welfare State. In today’s context in India, the stiffening of the will to resist among the people, which Welfare State measures can bring about, has to be made practically effective through the intervention of the Left.
The CPI(M) and the Building of Capitalism
17 January, 2008, Prabhat Patnaik
This article argues that the reaction of certain sections of the media and the younger generation to certain statements made in the West Bengal CPI(M) political circles which was read as the CPI(M) having abandoned socialism is misplaced on three counts. Their arguments do not distinguish between socialist and people's democratic revolutions; between working within a system and working not to transcend the system; and between the Party and Party-led governments. All of this point towards the complexities of the Indian revolution and require an in depth understanding of the political situation.

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