This is a transcript of the speech delivered by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik on July 7, 2012 at a colloquium in memory of Chinta Ravindran organised in Kozhikode by the Chinta Ravindran Foundation. The topic for the colloquium was Relevance of Gandhism & Marxism to our times. Apart from Prof. Patnaik, who was one of the keynote speakers, Prof. Akeel Bilgrami participated as a second keynote speaker and he elaborated on Gandhism.
[Bodhi is publishing a letter written by a few members of the Bodhi Marxist Studies group to Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, in the context of media reports regarding a letter purportedly written by him. This letter does not represent the editorial opinion of Bodhi]
Dear Com: Prabhat Patnaik,
These are excerpts from Prof. Prabhat Patnaik's speech inaugurating the Delegate Conference in KGOA's 45th State Conference held at Trivandrum. This is as reported by one of the attendees of the conference - Birenjith PS. Any errors/mistakes caused are purely unintentional.
We often find ourselves in a crowd where any mention of the larger picture of capitalist world order is rubbished as mere rhetoric. But this was surely not the case when the discussion panel was chaired by Dr. K. N. Panikkar, convened by Shri. C. P. Narayanan and was constituted by Shri. Prabhat Patnaik, Shri Nainan Koshy, Shri Pannyan Raveendran and Shri P.