Category: The State

  • Uttarakhand crisis: an impending disaster

    Uttarakhand crisis: an impending disaster

    An expensive and environmentally ruinous development project, built to appease Modi’s Hindu nationalist base, and approved following all manner of legal manoeuvres, represents a ticking time bomb in India’s mountains. Uttarakhand, a state in northern India crossed by the Himalayas, is known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites. Also known as Devbhoomi or the Land of…

  • Down with hypocrisy! Defend Gaza! – IMT statement

    Down with hypocrisy! Defend Gaza! – IMT statement

    The following statement by the International Marxist Tendency declares our solidarity with the Palestinian people. It answers the disgusting hypocrisy of western imperialism and its lackeys, who are rallying behind the reactionary Israeli state as it unleashes bloody vengeance on Gaza, following Hamas’ surprise attack on 7 October. We moreover explain why freedom for Palestine…

  • End police brutality in India! End capitalism!

    End police brutality in India! End capitalism!

    Police brutality and intimidation, particularly against Muslims and lower castes, has been rampant in India for decades. Under prime minister Modi’s COVID-19 lockdown, it is getting even worse. Several cases have been making headlines in recent months. In the context of the global movement against racism and police brutality, ignited after the murder of black…

  • Marxism, the State, and the Tributary Mode of Production

    Marxism, the State, and the Tributary Mode of Production

    In this article, Josh Holroyd discusses the so-called Tributary Mode of Production, which has gained traction in academic circles as an alleged ‘update’ to Marx’s conception of historical development. However, a close inspection of this theory, its method and origins reveals less a development of Marxism than a retreat from it, in the face of…

  • Notes on the role of the state in the Indian economy

    Notes on the role of the state in the Indian economy

    The Indian economy has undergone a long period of high and sustained growth. It remains a country of huge contradictions, with immense polarisation of wealth. And yet, in spite of all the propaganda about the state being “bad”, without it Indian capitalism could not have developed as it has. In the year 2003–04 the Indian…

  • Marxism and the State

    Marxism and the State

    The question of the State in capitalist society is of key importance for Marxists. We do not see it as an impartial arbiter standing above society. The fundamental essence of every state, with its “armed bodies of men”, police, courts and other trappings is that it serves the interests of one class in society, in…