Interview: Akeel Bilgrami

‘In India, it’s pathological authoritarianism’

Print edition : July 05, 2019

Akeel Bilgrami. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Prabhat Patnaik. “What [Patnaik] has said is that ‘the spontaneous tendencies of capitalism simply do not allow constraints upon capital to be permanent.” Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: Aris MESSINIS/AFP

Francis Fukuyama, a 2003 picture. “...Fukuyama summarised a whole range of Northern thinking about the current period’s political economy as constituting the ‘end of history’.” Photo: Ramesh Sharma

“Ever since the Bretton Woods institutions were remantled, we have witnessed a kind of unleashing of capital mobility that has... deprived nation states of sovereignty over their own economies because of anxieties about capital flight.” In Athens on September 25, 2012, the day before unions called for a nationwide general strike to protest against new austerity measures being forced on the government by the country’s international creditors. Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. “He came to power on the wave of a tremendous working-class movement with an impressively progressive manifesto.” Photo: NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP

Workers and farmers of various unions raise during the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally at Parliament Street in New Delhi on September 5, 2018. “In Left commentary in India on the large September 5 worker-peasant (including agricultural labourers) rally, it was pointed out how significant it was that solidarity was shown between these two groups despite distinct and conflicting interests....” Photo: Arun Sharma/PTI

Benito Mussolini with Adolf Hitler during a march past at the Temple of Heroes in Munich on September 27, 1937. “If we are talking about India, you then have to decide [whether]... [certain criteria] amount to an approximation of what was happening in Germany and Italy in that fascist period” (the 1930s and 1940s). Photo: THE HINDU Archives

Antonio Gramsci. “In Gramsci’s special sense, hegemony means that a class gets to be the ruling class by convincing all other classes that its interests are the interests of all other classes.” Photo: The Hindu Archives

Interview with Akeel Bilgrami. This is the final part of a two-part article.
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