State and Culture
Brij Bihari Pandey
(The ninth national conference of Jan Sanskriti Manch is scheduled to be held in Ranchi , Jharkhand, on 2 and 3 October, 2004 . The theme of the conference is “For a culture of new resistance against the culture of market domination”. The following article is related to the above theme.)
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it” – this is what Marx had commented on the philosophical scenario one and a half centuries ago in his celebrated ‘ Theses on Feuerbach '. Later on, some intellectuals resented the ‘overemphasis' laid in the above statement on ‘changing' and instead suggested that both interpreting and changing may assume a primary role in their turn, depending on circumstances. That is because they claimed that the circumstances in their own period had made ‘interpretation' their primary task. Well, that is understandable. Presently, however, it seems a good section of established intelligentsia in the field of literature and culture has even stopped interpreting the world. Instead they have now confined themselves just to ‘describing' or ‘depicting' the world. Despite all their ‘analytical' exercises, what they end up doing is precisely defending the status quo. ....Full text
Long Live the Memory of Comrade Yogendra!
Comrade Yogendra Bind of Jehanabad was killed by People's War goons while returning from a meeting on the night of 14 September. He was 29 years old.
He had joined the peasant movement at a very young age, and played a vanguard role in the anti-feudal struggle, even at the height of the Bhoomi Sena terror.
He hailed from a village of very backward caste peasants – mostly poor labourers. ...Full text
Liberation Salutes Progressive
Assamese Dramatist Munin Bhuyan ...Full text