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Krytyka Polityczna 37-38 (2014)
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37-38 (2014)

Krytyka Polityczna

Summary / Streszczenie

Paweł Marczewski, Agnieszka Wądołowska

Indie. Projekt nowoczesność

India. Project modernity
Śmierć i kopalnia
Death and the Mine
drawings Prabhakar Pachpute
text Sebastian Cichocki
Arundhati Roy
Kapitalizm. Opowieść o duchach
Capitalism. A ghost story
Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same.
Paweł Marczewski in conversation with Vinod K. Jose
Jak szowinista został technokratą
How a chauvinist became a technocrat
Once he was organising hindu pilgrimages and supporting the extermination of Muslims. Now he wants to be perceived primarily as a politician under whose rule an economic miracle happened. Who is Narendra Modi, right-wing candidate for the office of prime minister in India?
Leila Seth
Jesteś gejem, jesteś przestępcą
You're gay, you're a criminal
My name is Leila Seth. I am eighty-three years old. I have been in a long and happy marriage of more than sixty years with my husband Premo, and am the mother of three children. The eldest, Vikram is now a criminal, an unapprehended felon. This is because, like many millions of other Indians, he is gay.
Urvashi Butalia in conversation with Agnieszka Wądłowska
Kobiety się zmieniły, problemy pozostały
Women have changed, problems remain
It is characteristic that more and more women in India have the courage to go to the police station and confess to having suffered violence.
text and photos CAMP
Dipesh Chakrabarty in conversation with Paweł Marczewski
Osobliwy splot dziejów
A peculiar twist of history
In India some leftists began to accuse us in the eighties of giving the ammunition to the Hindu religious right. We did not want to agree with the view that some ideas or issues should not be discussed only because the effects of these discussions could fall into the wrong hands. The major controversy aroused the fact, that we postulated giving a serious attention to religion.
Siddhartha Deb
Komputer Gandhiego
Gandhi's computer
It was supposed to be an Indian computer for the masses. As soon as this idea was announced, "New York Times" regarded it as the invention of the decade. How did it happen, that the "Gandhi's Computer" didn't eventually drift into any Indian village?
Marcin Zaród
Mantry, socjalizm, Jugaad
Mantras, socialism, Jugaad
From the socialist emancipation to the digital capitalism, or the science, education and technology in India.
Richard Stamp
O slumdogach i nauczycielach
On slumdogs and schoolmasters
What do educational experiments by Sugata Mitra and some Oscar blockbuster have in common?
Destuffing Matrix
text and photos CAMP
Amit Bhaduri in conversation with Jakub Dymek
Poza rynkiem i państwem jest jeszcze wspólnota
Beside market and state there is also community
Nowadays, when talking about progress, you talk about the whole set of things: the great industry, Internet, flexible forms of employment. The tragedy of India, China and, to some digree, Brasil is that they try to imitate this language, without considering the key differences between these economies and the West.
Mk Raghavendra
Kinowe budowanie (i demontaż) narodu
Building (and dismantling) the nation in Indian cinema
The Indian cinema along with the success of "Bollywood" enjoys much more respect than ever – irony consists in the fact, that it became respected at a time it was no longer the "national cinema".
Tomasz Stawiszyński
Ciekawy przypadek Girindrasekhara Bose
The curious case of Girindrasekhar Bose
Can psychoanalysis be practiced in India? Girindrasekhar Bose, the first psychoanalyst outside the western world, was convinced that there are no obstacles to that.
Igor Stokfiszewski
Gandhi i nowe ruchy społeczne
Gandhi and the new social movements
Underneath the full of violence political struggles of the second half of the 20th century beats a heart of the hidden tradition, of which the symbol is Mahatma Gandhi. The voice of this tradition resounded in the civil revolutions of 2011.
Motornama Roshanara
text and photos CAMP

The Soviet orient

Borys Czuchowicz
Jak budowana radziecki Orient
How the Soviet orient was built
Modernistic in its form, oriental in content? About some local singularities of the "international style".

Euromaidan – The chronicle

The short chronicle of Maidan
Riot city porn
photos Aleksandr Burłaka
Dmitrij Lewicki
The blue bus
I remember exactly how I was standing on this blue bus and there was Zhanna Kadyrowa standing below until 5 a.m. on a heap of timber. And she was constantly asking: "So what, are they going from Instytucka?". "No, no, Żanna, they keep on staying!". "And from Europejska side, are they staying?", "They are Żanna, they are".

Strike-poster gallery

Ula Lukierska
Ukraine in the embrace of the "Familya"
How does the map of the connections between the Ukrainian oligarchy and the authority look like and what would an association agreement with UE change?
On the barricades
photos Sasza Kurmaz

Ukrainian winter
photos Tomas Rafa

How much state?

Jerzy Hausner in conversation with Michał Sutowski
We build castles in the desert
I cannot see in the prime minister Tusk a person who is ready to say: you don't have to vote on me, but we can change something together.
Ha-Joon Chang
Private business correct, state-owned company wrong?
Well-known economist discusses some cliches of current "economical reason"
Tomasz Molga, photos Marcin Kaliński
Wieś w Polsce, łupki w ziemi
A village in Poland, shale gas in the ground
Żurawlów, a village of 150 residents, awaited a note in Wikipedia informing that it is a polish village that sets a precedent of a community fighting for the law to clean air, water and ground. This content was protested by the Chevron concern and now it sounds more encyclopedic: "a village in Poland, in the administrative distinct of Lublin voivodenship".
Lech Kowalski in conversation with Jakub Majmurek
Dziś underground to rolnik spod Zamościa
Today's underground are farmers living next to Zamość


Susan Buck-Morss
Haiti i powstanie Europy
Haiti and the creation of Europe
The Haitanian experiment has taught Europe, that the work of free people does not have to mean the lack of discipline, and that the constitutional elimination of the racial segregation will not remove the social hierarchies based on skin color or social class.


Sławomir Sierakowski
Wyobraź sobie, że jesteś Mazowieckim
Imagine that you are Mazowiecki

Journal of a political man

Cezary Michalski
Kantyzm w Lidlu
Kantianism in the Lidl supermarket


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