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‘Controversy was the breath of Marx’s life and he revelled in it. We are therefore not at all apologetic’, wrote Puran Chand Joshi in the preface to Karl Marx: A Symposium, published in 1968 commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Marx, adding further, (It is) ‘in the best Indian tradition to operate with belief and hope that it is only through the clash of ideas that truth emerges.’ At a time, when a Marxian renaissance has been taking place in academia, Joshi’s words reverberate with a new vitality, an evanescence of ‘official Marxism’ and official Marxist parties notwithstanding. There is no denying that the so-called Marxists now pay dearly for wavering ‘between a rather mechanistic interpretation of crisis and its opposite: the conviction that capitalism could only be overcome by an act of will.’
This book is the outcome of an international conference on Karl Marx organised by ADRI in Patna between June 16 and 20, 2018 keeping the new Marxian reality in mind. Over 50 scholars from across the world sent papers to the Conference, covering topics such as economics, politics, society, philosophy, etc. ADRI welcomed them with an open mind in sync with the Marxian reawakening that treats Marx historically and critically.
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