New Book Sees ‘Perestroika Glasnost and Socialism’ from a New Perspective

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K Vijayachandran looks at the experience of Soviet Union and its relevance to Indian development.

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It presents a refreshingly different world view that will command attention from politicians as well as academics.

In his new book, “Perestroika Glasnost and Socialism” (published by Partridge India), K Vijayachandran presents a collection of twenty articles. The lead article, 'Reaction Strikes Europe,' was written on the eve of disintegration of Socialist Camp and collapse of USSR: Quoting documents and based on personal experiences while on professional training in socialist Czechoslovakia in early sixties, he explains how enterprises reforms, inspired by Khrushchev, weakened grass-root level democracy and led to the hegemony of a self-seeking intelligentsia over socialist society, its economy, government and even political system. These developments are then examined in the context of contemporary theories on ‘State and Knowledge Workers’, by Peter Drucker and others.

Bolsheviks, according to Vijayachandran, had looked at the liberation of a hundred big and small nationalities from Czarist oppression as a necessary corollary to socialism. He looks back to the unprecedented socialist experiment lasting over seven decades, and explores how these experiences – the establishment of a multinational socialist state encompassing a truly diverse multitude of peoples and its industrial and social development could be of relevance to a country like India. He suggests a genuinely federal government to replace the present highly centralized authoritarian one in Delhi.

Possibly, he considers this as the Indian road to socialism. “Perestroika Glasnost and Socialism” is an interesting search for alternative development models. It presents a refreshingly different world view that will command attention from politicians as well as academics. The book will be of interest to social scientists, management experts, and social activists.

“Perestroika Glasnost and Socialism”
By K Vijayachandran
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 218 pages | ISBN 9781482813531
e-book | 218 pages | ISBN 9781482813524
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
The author is an engineering and management consultant based in Cochin and has trained in socialist Czechoslovakia as performance designer of power boilers. He was the coordinator for clean coal technology programs while leaving BHEL in 1980 due to divergent perceptions on technology development. He has served left governments of Kerala on three different occasions.

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