ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Asiatic Mode of Production, Caste and the Indian Left

The study of Marxism in India has consciously underestimated Karl Marx's concept of the "Asiatic mode of production" which has led it to a number of errors. The place of casteism in the larger matrix of the "Asiatic mode of production" can only be understood if the Eurocentric reasoning and the search for a fictitious "Indian feudalism" are avoided. This would also end the consequent illusory search for the transition from feudalism to capitalism, which has rendered the project of socialism in India to be a mirage.

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