सीधे मुख्य सामग्री पर जाएं

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide: Crisis deeply ingrained in capitalist-imperialist systems

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* 

Once upon a time, the term 'globalisation' dominated public discourse, presenting itself as the sole available alternative and panacea to all the world's predicaments. It was viewed as a policy paradigm promising peace, prosperity, economic growth, and human development. However, in recent times, globalisation seems to have vanished from public discussions, with policymakers acting as if it has never existed in human history. Liberalisation, privatisation, and structural adjustments served as the pillars of globalisation as a project of global capitalism. They temporarily obscured the unbridled violence associated with colonialism, capitalism, and imperialism, instead creating a silent structural violence characterized by marginalisation, poverty, hunger, and homelessness. 
Wars were momentarily replaced by free trade, which, in turn, accelerated the processes of dispossession, destitution, and the deaths of the working people. Capitalist globalisation has laid the groundwork for imperialist powers to maintain their political and economic hegemony directly and indirectly over people, their lands, and resources. The practices of liberalisation, privatisation, and globalisation effectively consolidated wealth in the hands of a privileged few. As a result, the world has witnessed the rise of billionaires alongside extreme poverty and marginalized masses.
The priests of global capitalism and imperialist powers once promised that globalisation would lead to peace, prosperity, and stability for all. However, the true consequences of globalisation have been laid bare by the Survival of the Richest Report published by Oxfam International in 2023. As the world grappled with the ravages of the pandemic, most people found themselves suffering from a cost-of-living crisis that persisted even after the pandemic. According to the report, the reality is grim: 'the richest 1% have captured almost two-thirds of all new wealth – nearly twice as much money as the bottom 99% of the world's population' since 2020. The report further reveals shocking evidence that 'billionaire fortunes are increasing by $2.7 billion a day,' while 'food and energy companies more than doubled their profits in 2022, paying out $257 billion to wealthy shareholders, while over 800 million people went to bed hungry.' These findings expose the stark inequality that plagues our world today.
Perhaps most disheartening is the fact that billionaires pay less tax than street vendors, perpetuating the stark disparities between the rich and the impoverished. Globalisation has, in effect, created a world of unimaginable prosperity for billionaires and deep penury for the masses. The promises of peace and prosperity have, for many, become a distant dream, while the concentration of wealth among a select few continues to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots. The globalisation has produced a world of unimaginable prosperity for billionaires and penury for the masses.
Crisis seems to be deeply ingrained in the capitalist and imperialist systems and processes, which are designed to serve the interests and expansion of wealth for the powerful elite. Capitalist states and governments worldwide often find themselves compelled, directly or indirectly, to comply with the desires and demands of imperialist forces. Failure to do so can result in facing wars and destabilization. In regions like Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe, states and governments have experienced the detrimental effects of capitalist and imperialist actions. These forces have often sought to exploit their resources and disrupt their sources of livelihood, leading to the displacement of people within their own lands, turning them into refugees. The capitalist and imperialist agendas can be seen as exerting significant control over nations' sovereignty and autonomy, further perpetuating inequality and injustice on a global scale. This exploitation and destabilization have left many countries and regions grappling with challenges that hinder their growth and development.
The impact of capitalist and imperialist systems extends beyond deceiving people in regions like Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; it also affects their own citizens in Europe and the USA. Rising child poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, and unemployment are evident characteristics of capitalist and imperialist countries as well. The so-called nationalist wars that are ostensibly fought for securing sovereignty and democracy often serve as veils to facilitate the plundering of natural and other resources to enrich capitalist corporations controlled by imperialist powers.
The consequences of capitalism and imperialism are far-reaching, leading to the globalisation of ethnic, cultural, religious, and economic genocides. These atrocities are direct outcomes of the systems in place, which have formed partnerships with religious, cultural, and political reactionaries to uphold a system that ultimately benefits only a select few. The pursuit of profit-driven motives has resulted in the destruction of both people and the planet. One of the most pressing issues stemming from capitalism is the ecological crisis, which has emerged as a direct consequence of the over-exploitation of nature to sustain the profit-driven system established by capitalism. This disregard for the environment and the pursuit of endless growth has had devastating effects on the Earth's ecosystems and threatens the well-being of all living beings.
The consequences of capitalist and imperialist actions are not limited to specific regions but have widespread implications, impacting both people and the planet on a global scale. Addressing these issues requires a comprehensive understanding of the root causes and a collective effort to promote more equitable and sustainable alternatives. Indeed, there is a growing awareness among people that capitalist globalization primarily serves the interests of imperialist corporations, operating under the dominance of former colonial powers. This profit-driven agenda often leads to the atomization of culture at home and in the workplace, fostering a sense of alienation in the lives of working individuals. Such alienation can have the detrimental effect of weakening the progressive consciousness of the people. Despite the attempt to obscure their failures, the shortcomings of capitalism and imperialism are becoming increasingly evident to the masses. People are recognizing the inherent flaws in these systems, which fail to prioritize the well-being of the majority and instead perpetuate inequality and exploitation.
In response to these capitalist and imperialist crisis, transnational movements advocating for deepening democracy and upholding the interests of both people and the planet are gaining momentum. These movements aim to challenge the status quo and create a more just and equitable world. However, the forces of capitalism and imperialism are not passive spectators. They seek to counter these global struggles by facilitating reactionary movements that wave the flags of reactionary nationalism and exploit religious sentiments. Such efforts are intended to divert attention from the larger issues at hand and undermine the collective efforts against capitalist and imperialist dominance. In this complex and dynamic landscape, it becomes essential for advocates of progressive and egalitarian transformation to stay vigilant, maintain solidarity, and continue the fight for a fairer and more sustainable future for all.
The working people across the world are increasingly recognizing the interconnectedness of their interests and well-being. There is a growing understanding that individual struggles must give way to collective efforts to achieve true emancipation from the challenges posed by capitalism and imperialism. This awareness fosters a sense of solidarity and a realization that the fate of humanity and the planet are inextricably linked. Addressing the pressing issues of our time, such as climate change, social inequalities, and economic exploitation, requires collective action and a commitment to progressive, inclusive, and democratic transformation. It is essential to move away from systems that perpetuate inequalities and prioritize profit over the well-being of people and the environment.
The current global situation makes it clear that the monopoly of capitalist and imperialist powers cannot provide solutions to the pressing challenges we face. A sustainable and equitable future for all can only be achieved through a united effort that seeks to dismantle these oppressive systems. Indeed, there is nowhere to run to or hide from the realities we confront. The only way forward is through collaboration and mutual support, working together to create a world that values justice, equality, and the protection of our shared planet. The collective commitment to this transformative vision is the key to overcoming the hurdles of capitalism and imperialism, paving the way for a better and more promising future. People, planet, and their mutual interests are only alternatives. There is nowhere to run to and nowhere to hide.
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*University of Glasgow, UK

टिप्पणियाँ

ट्रेंडिंग

हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

देशव्यापी ग्रामीण भारत बंध में उतरे मध्य प्रदेश के आदिवासी, किया केंद्र सरकार का विरोध

- हरसिंग जमरे, भिखला सोलंकी, रतन अलावे*  15 और 16 फरवरी को निमाड के बड़वानी, खरगोन और बुरहानपुर में जागृत आदिवासी दलित संगठन के नेतृत्व में आदिवासी महिला-पुरुषों ग्रामीण भारत बंद में रैली एवं विरोध प्रदर्शन किया । प्रधान मंत्री द्वारा 2014 में फसलों की लागत का डेढ़ गुना भाव देने का वादा किया गया था, 2016 में किसानों की आय दुगना करने का वादा किया गया था । आज, फसलों का दाम नहीं बढ़ रहा है, लेकिन खेती में खर्च बढ़ता जा रहा है! खाद, बीज और दवाइयों का दाम, तीन-चार गुना बढ़ चुका है! किसानों को लागत का डेढ़ गुना भाव देने के बजाए, खेती को कंपनियों के हवाले करने के लिए 3 काले कृषि कानून लाए गए । 3 काले कानून वापस लेते समय प्रधान मंत्री ने फिर वादा किया था कि फसलों की लागत का डेढ़ गुना भाव की कानूनी गारंटी के लिए कानून बनाएँगे, लेकिन वो भी झूठ निकला! आज जब देश के किसान दिल्ली में आपको अपना वादा याद दिलाने आए है, तब आप उनका रास्ता रोक रहें है, उनके साथ मारपीट कर उन पर आँसू गैस फेंक रहें हैं, उन पर छर्रों से फायरिंग कर रहें है! देश को खिलाने वाला किसान खुद भूखा रहे, क्या यही विकास है?

18થી નાની ઉંમરના 1,15,129 બાળકો શાળા બહાર? વાસ્તવિક આંકડો 15-20 ગણો વધું

- સુખદેવ પટેલ*  16 એપ્રિલથી સમગ્ર ગુજરાતમાં શાળા બહારના 6 થી 19 વર્ષની ઉંમરના બાળકોનો સર્વે શરૂ થયો છે.  જે 26 એપ્રિલ સુધી ચાલશે. જેની જવાબદારી સરકારી શાળાના શિક્ષકોને સોંપવામાં આવી છે. અત્યારે પ્રાથમિક શાળાઓમાં વાર્ષિક પરીક્ષાઓ ચાલી રહી છે. લોકસભાની ચૂંટણીઓના કામ પણ શિક્ષકોને ભાગે કરવાના આવશે. શિક્ષકો કેટલું કરી શક્શે? શિક્ષકો પાસેથી વ્યાજબી રીતે કેટલી અપેક્ષાઓ રાખવી જોઈએ? RTE ની જોગવાઈઓ મુજબ દરેક બાળક શિક્ષણ મેળવી શકે, તે માટે શાળા બહારના બાળકોને સર્વે કરીને શોધી કાઢવાનું ઉમદા કામ સરકાર વિચારે છે, તે આવકારદાયક છે. આવાં ઉત્તમ કામમાં જેમને સીધો લાભ થવાનો છે,  તેવાં હિતધારકોની પ્રતિનિધિ સમિતિ SMC સ્કૂલ મેનેજમેન્ટ કમિટી આ જવાબદારી સારી રીતે ઉપાડી શકે તેમ છે. શિક્ષણ વિભાગ SSA તરફથી આ કામગીરીમાં SMC ની ભાગીદારીનું આયોજન કરીને યોગ્ય માર્ગદર્શિકા તૈયાર કરવી જોઈએ.

How the slogan Jai Bhim gained momentum as movement of popularity and revolution

By Dr Kapilendra Das*  India is an incomprehensible plural country loaded with diversities of religions, castes, cultures, languages, dialects, tribes, societies, costumes, etc. The Indians have good manners/etiquette (decent social conduct, gesture, courtesy, politeness) that build healthy relationships and take them ahead to life. In many parts of India, in many situations, and on formal occasions, it is common for people of India to express and exchange respect, greetings, and salutation for which we people usually use words and phrases like- Namaskar, Namaste, Pranam, Ram Ram, Jai Ram ji, Jai Sriram, Good morning, shubha sakal, Radhe Radhe, Jai Bajarangabali, Jai Gopal, Jai Jai, Supravat, Good night, Shuvaratri, Jai Bhole, Salaam walekam, Walekam salaam, Radhaswami, Namo Buddhaya, Jai Bhim, Hello, and so on.

Laxmanpur Bathe massacre: Perfect example of proto-fascist Brahmanical social order

By Harsh Thakor  The massacre at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad in Bihar on the night of 1 December in 1997 was a landmark event with distinguishing features .The genocide rightly shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The scale of the carnage was unparalleled in any caste massacre. It was a perfect manifestation of how in essence the so called neo-liberal state was in essence most autocratic. 

स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं को मजबूत करने के बजाय बीमा आधारित सेवाओं को प्राथमिकता क्यों?

- राष्ट्रीय स्वास्थ्य अधिकार अभियान  वैश्विक स्तर पर “विश्व स्वास्थ्य दिवस” इस साल “हमारा स्वास्थ्य, हमारा अधिकार” की अवधारणा को केन्द्रित कर मनाया जा रहा है। इस उपलक्ष्य में राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर स्वास्थ्य अधिकार संघर्ष को मजबूत करने के लिए, संवैधानिक और नीतिगत रूप में स्वास्थ्य को मौलिक अधिकार बनाने के लिए, स्वास्थ्य के विभिन्न आयामों को लोगों के हक के लिए संगठित करने, जागरूक करने और स्वास्थ्य के मानकों पर कार्य करने हेतु तथा सरकार को जनता के प्रति जिम्मेदार बनाने हेतु जन आंदोलनों के राष्ट्रीय समन्वय ने स्वास्थ्य अधिकार अभियान के माध्यम से जनता के पक्ष को मजबूत करने के लिए राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर स्वास्थ्य अधिकार के मुद्दे पर सक्रिय रूप से कार्य करेगा।

અમદાવાદ પોલિસ કમિશનરનું જાહેરનામું: નાગરિક સ્વાતંત્ર્ય પર તરાપ મારવાની પ્રક્રિયાનો એક ભાગ

- હેમંતકુમાર શાહ  અમદાવાદના પોલિસ કમિશનરનું લોકશાહી વિરોધી વધુ એક પગલું ચૂંટણી ટાણે જોવા મળ્યું છે.   તા. ૧૬-૦૪-૨૦૨૪ના રોજ તેમણે એક જાહેરનામું બહાર પાડીને ફોજદારી કાર્યવાહી અધિનિયમ-૧૯૭૩ની કલમ-૧૪૪ આખા શહેરમાં લાગુ કરી જણાવ્યું છે કે "કોઈ પણ પ્રચારપ્રસાર રેલી દરમ્યાન કોઈ એ કાળા વાવટા ફરકાવવા નહિ કે ઉશ્કેરણીજનક બેનર કે પ્લે કાર્ડ બતાવવું નહિ અથવા કોઈ વિરોધમાં ઉશ્કેરણીજનક સૂત્રોચ્ચાર કરવો નહિ."

न नौकरियाँ, न पर्याप्त मजदूरी, न राहत: अनौपचारिक श्रमिकों के लिए मोदी की विरासत

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