The New Militants
Murzban Jalis Professor at the Centre for Educational Studies, Indian Institute of Education, Pune. Author ofThe Seductions of Karl MarxandZoroastrianism: From Antiquity to the Modern Period, Jal advocates a Marxist Humanism where philosophy, science and aesthetics meet. And it is in this triad of philosophy, science and aesthetics that Jal talks of Marxism as a dramaturgy where Marx and Engels’ theManifesto of the Communist Partyis redrafted for the 21stcentury alongside Shakespeare’sHamletand Goethe’sFaust. This workThe New Militantspresents the parliamentary leftist as Hamlet who gripped with melancholia is too scared to revolt and the Indian Maoist inspired by messianic violence depicted as Faust who sells his soul to the devil for immortality. In contrast to both Hamlet and Faust, Jal talks of the Leninist party as the expression of the world proletariat where Marxist dramaturgy is realized as the aesthetics of insurrection.