Ravi Kumar, South Asian University New Delhi India
2nd July 2014
This document from the All India Forum for Right to Education is a detailed critique of what the onslaught of neoliberal capitalism has done to education. It is a statement from a time when the power of collective has been fractured, when the traditional forces of opposition to the rule of capital have been consistently weakening, when social democratic tendencies within the Left politics are on the rise, when issues of increasing inaccessibility of the masses to affordable and quality education and health care system are not seen as working class issues. In such a context, this document brings a perspective which not only raises questions on the history of working class politics and provides insights into the need to explore new arenas of battle but it also sharpens the contradictions of capitalism through such a vision. This document can become an effective starting point for those who would like to engage with education as an issue of working class politics in India.