Editor: I. Mallikarjuna Sharma
ADVISORS: Dr. Lakshmi Sahgal (INA Colonel), V.R. Krishna Iyer, O. Chinnappa Reddy,
B.P. Jeevan Reddy (Former Judges, SC), P.A. Choudary (Former Judge, APHC), Surendra Mohan (Ex-MP), Prof. R.V.R. Chandrasekhara Rao (Political Science), Umesh Chandra (Sr. Advocate, Lucknow), Ravi Kiran Jain (Sr. Advocate, Allahabad), Colin Gonsalves (Sr. Advocate, elhi), K. Subba Rao (Sr. Advocate, Bangalore), K.G. Kannabiran (Sr. Advocate & National President, PUCL) & Ms. Chandan Ramamurthi (Advocate, S.C., ND).
Volume 5: Part 2 15 November 2009 No. 21
Globalization & Internationalism
That the entire world is, or ought to be, a global village, that all human beings are to be united as one big family, share their woe and weal together and work towards the universal welfare and development of the entire human collectivity in consonance with the interests and needs of the biosphere in a spirit of liberty, equality, fraternity, mutual love and cooperation is really a sublime ideal to which no right thinking person can have any objection. We have been repeatedly referring to our ancient Indian ideal of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in our columns which buttresses this noble principle. However, the current spree of globalization so fondly advertised by big media all over the world and with gusto sought to be promoted by the superpower and other developed countries of the West is nothing but the good old capitalism in a new avatar, so to say. Marx long ago spoke of “the need of a constantly expanding market” chasing “the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe” so that “it must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere.” He also spoke of “… intercourse in every direction and universal inter-dependence of nations” arising in the course of such capitalist enterprise. However, he also noted the inhuman exploitative side of the phenomenon and issued the clarion call of ‘workers of all countries unite’ against the oppressive and rapacious free market globalization. That was the true spirit of proletarain internationalism which found its echo and partial realization in the Great October Socialist Revolution. It is true that Revolution ultimately got subverted and its gains and constructions have largely collapsed due to the perverse equation of state monopoly and authoritarian structures with the high ideals of socialization of ownership of means of production and true social democracy, and the wrong counterposing of ‘freedom’ against ‘bread’ that undermined both. But that did not completely negate the impact of and dire need for humanistic socialism which has more srikingly come to the fore ever since the recent global financial meltdown and economic recession. The gulf between the haves and have-nots has rapidly widened and a big part of humanity is set to undergo a tortuous crisis of poverty, hunger and disease even in, or more so in, this period of free market globalization. The only way out is for us to concertedly fight against this sort of globalization with the zeal of true internationalism for a new, humane sort of Socialism