[Fsf-friends] IT sector

Mani A a.mani.cms at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 21:05:01 IST 2008

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 10:05 AM, CK Raju <ck.thrissur at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 10:59 PM, Mani A <a.mani.cms at gmail.com> wrote:
>> All of the non-left State Governments in India and the Central Govt
>> are essentially being run by the big business and apart from the usual
> .. could have been true at some point of time in history, Mani,
> definitely not now.
> Its pointless to blame other governments, because they don't declare
> themselves to be followers of any particular ideology. There is no
> common concern in outlook of most such governments.

They certainly determine, most of what seems to exist and does not seem to.

> Most people would be silent if, for instance, left-front rechristens
> itself to "neo-liberal revolutionary front for individuals" - because
> then there is no confusion - whatever then the new organisation does
> conforms to its ideological outlook - building individuals and not

The Left has never really been in a position to implement 'truly
leftist' policies. They do admit that and their essential policy is
one of minimizing  damage in the present circumstances... beginning
from accepting to play democracy in a capitalist democracy and right
up to the hilarious 'we will prefer manufacturing units of corporates
to global money lenders'. Yes of course there is plenty of room for
debate. Marx did say that ideology must be flexible enough to deal
with the circumstances in question.  (You can see a forum like Pragoti
for debates on such issues. They had a long debate on unions for IT
employees and policy recently)

>> form of struggle, what can be done is to have the FLOSS operating
>> system (along with required s/w for Panchayats) in place... so that
>> adoption can start at the lowest level. I do not see why this is not
>> done already. Surely the ones sitting in villages will find it more
>> difficult to do all the adaptation themselves. The community model is
>> always mighty.
>> ... and above mistakes in policy.
> Ordinary people are enlightened ones. They understand pretty fast.
> What you said is most apt. Go out and speak. Only an extremely
> vigilant community can help itself now.


A. Mani

A. Mani
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