28th Nov 2018
If Marx were still around, he’d agree that India is a communist country
Socialist India currently meets 7 out of the 10 principles laid out in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto
“in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.
- Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
– In India the fundamental right to property has been abolished
- A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
– India has an excessively progressive income tax
- Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
– Has been abolished in India in 1985
- Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
– Not true
- Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
– Banks were nationalised by Indira Gandhi and continue to remain in government hands.
- Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
– Some of this has been partially privatised since 1991 reforms, but much of it remains in government hands
- Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
– Massive nationalisation of industry by Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Some has been divested. Much remains in government hands
- Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
– Nehru thought of collective farming but did not proceed.
- Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
– Very restrictive urban laws that restrict rural people migrating into cities.
- Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.
– India has attempted this on a mass scale but grossly failed.