Disenchanted India and Beyond: Musings on the Lockdown Alternatives engages with the lineages of the present disenchantment and everyday issues of people in India and beyond. It depicts local, regional, national and global transitions in politics, economy and society. It rejects the ideals that promotes ‘there is no alternative’ narratives. It unravels the way reactionary and right-wing forces weaponize pessimism that helps capitalist forces and undermines working classes. The book examines existing and available alternatives for a prosperous and peaceful society. The book argues for pluriversal political and philosophical praxis to consolidate and defend the progressive achievements of the working-class struggles.
Dr. Bhabani Shankar Nayak is political economist and reader in business management and director of MBA, University for the Creative Arts, UK.
Chapter 1: Illusions of Globalization, State and Democracy
Chapter 2: State, Pandemic and Business
Chapter 3: Lure Hindutva Fascism in India
Chapter 4: Indian Resistance Against Hindutva Fascism in India
Chapter 5: Culture, Crime and Capitalism
At a time of intense, almost universal repression in the name of a virus, the indomitable humanism and sharp insight that Bhabani Nayak has demonstrated over the years, stands out as a beacon of sanity. With so many academics bowing to the 'power of nightmares', this time a virus infection for which a simple medication exists, Bhabani has retained the ability to analyse how this global intervention is connected to the capitalist system in terminal decline. His passionate humanism and sustained commitment run through this fine collection.
Narendra Modi appears in the Western media as the genial leader of a modernising India. Dr Nayak’s book provides a timely and important antidote. India today, he argues, is as close to fascism as Germany was in 1932. Drawing on his wide knowledge of Indian and world politics, Dr Nayak details the parallels: the subordination of the judiciary, the merger of party and state, the proclamation of a racially supremacist Hindutva ideology, the everyday use of paramilitary force, mass imprisonment, the outlawing of religious and racial minorities and, not least, backing by India’s business elite. This collection of essays is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the market led fascist politics of what will soon be the world’s most populous state placed within its wider global context.
This is a bold initiative of Dr Bhabani Nayak with new genre of publication combining journalistic observations and academic research and covering a wide field of global capitalism, Indian political economy and the functioning of modern universities.