By MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
Published: February 4, 2010
Cross Post from The New York Times
Afghanistan is in turmoil, with tensions rising and people dying every day. Many of them — including women, children and the elderly — have nothing in common with terrorists or militants.
The government is losing control of its territory: of the 34 provinces, the Taliban controls a dozen. The production and export of narcotics is growing. There is a real danger of destabilization extending to neighboring countries, including the republics of Central Asia as well as Pakistan.
What began after Sept. 11, 2001, as a seemingly appropriate military response aimed at rooting out terrorism could end in a major strategic failure.
By Taimur Rahman.
Antonio Gramsci was the founder of the Communist Party of Italy. He struggled courageously against the rise of Mussolini’s Fascist government. For his revolutionary activities he was arrested on November 1926 and was imprisoned. After ten years of incarceration he died in 1937 at the age of 46. Just like Faiz Ahmed Faiz of Pakistan, Gramsci produced some of his most enduring writings from prison. His writings filling some 2,848 pages in 33 notebooks, painfully put together after his death, and which are now world famous by the title The Prison Notebooks. Widely regarded as a defender of Lenin’s Third International and a creative Marxist-Leninist, the influence of Gramsci’s thought has implications far beyond Italian fascism. Some of Gramsci’s concepts may offer vital insights into recent events in Pakistan. Continue reading
by Taimur Rahman
One of the things that I have realized while talking to Trotskyists is that their understanding of Marxist theory specifically with respect to the bourgeois democratic revolution is actually very weak.
They all think that Lenin came around to the view of permanent revolution in April 1917. This is actually completely incorrect and is obvious to anyone that has read Lenin in any detail. Continue reading
Reading about the demise of Rana Chandar Singh made me think of another old Pakistani from the Hindu community who has lived and served the people in this country without so much as a thankyou note. I reproduce here an interview the old war horse gave Newsline last year. Gianchandani sb feels that Pakistan will over look his achievements but we at PakTeaHouse want to salute him twice- first a Lal Salaam for his contributions to the Communist and progressive causes in Pakistan and second a Sabz Salaam for being a son of the soil.-YLH
At age 88, Comrade Sobho Gianchandani is one of the oldest living communists in the subcontinent. He has seen it all, done it all – and still believes that communism will return to the world in a big way. In this wide-ranging interview conducted at his Larkana home, where he lives with his family, the “son of the soil,” as he refers to himself, takes Newsline on a reflective journey into the past. From his days at Shantiniketan to his involvement in the politics of pre-Partition and post-Partition Pakistan, it’s been an action-packed life. Continue reading