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Selling recession in garments industry

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Today I got the following flier with my newspaper. It is a blatant recognition of recession in India especially in the garments industry. It is also a shameless use of this fact to promote winter sale. A rough translation is given below.

LAST TWO DAYS

FLAT 85% DISCOUNT

DUE TO A VERY SEVERE DECLINE IN THE MARKET – THE BIGGEST DISCOUNT SALE ON BRANDED GARMENTS TODAY

BY “PUNJAB OSWAL WOOLEN GARMENT HOUSE” IN HOTEL AMALTAS, GREEN PARK, NEW DELHI

JUST 2 DAYS

THE MAIN REASON BEHIND THIS HEAVY DISCOUNT IS – FOR DIWALI, LUDHIANA PEOPLE PRODUCED A BIG QUANTITY OF HOSIERY AND WINTER GARMENTS BUT DUE TO THE SEVERE RECESSION THIS YEAR ONLY 30 PERCENT OF GARMENTS WERE SOLD. ALL REMAINING GARMENTS WILL BE SOLD FOR TWO DAYS IN GREEN PARK, NEW DELHI WITH 85 PERCENT DISCOUNT.

COTTON AND HOSIERY GARMENTS WORTH RS 400-800 FOR RS 100 ONLY TODAY

GENTS’ GARMENTS ONLY 100/-

LADIES’ GARMENTS ONLY 100/-

CHILDREN’S GARMENTS ONLY 100.-

WOOLEN GARMENTS WORTH RS 800-1500 FOR RS 200 ONLY TODAY

GENTS’ WOOLEN GARMENTS ONLY 200/-

LADIES’ WOOLEN GARMENTS ONLY 200/-

CHILDREN’S WOOLEN GARMENTS ONLY 200/

PURE WOOL EXCLUSIVE SUPER CLASS WOOLEN GARMENTS FOR LADIES, GENTS AND CHILDREN – JACKETS, SWEAT, CARDIGANS, PULLOVER, KURTI, WOOLEN TOPS, TRACK SUITS AND ALL OTHER EXCLUSIVE WOOLEN GARMENTS WORTH ONE THOUSAND TO THREE THOUSAND

FOR JUST RS 400/-

YOU NEVER SAW SO MANY VARIETIES AND SUCH LOW PRICES

IN GREEN PARK, NEW DELHI ONLY FOR TWO DAYS – TODAY AND TOMORROW

SALE LOCATION: HOTEL AMALTAS INTERNATIONAL

6 GREEN PARK MAIN, OPPOSITE HOTEL DEER PARK, NEAR SUKHMANI HOSPITAL AND ARYA SAMAJ MANDIR, GREEN PARK, NEW DELHI – 110016

SALES TIME: MORNING 10.00 TO NIGHT 9.00

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Written by Pratyush Chandra

November 22, 2017 at 1:49 am

Engels’ “theoretical moment”?

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In Marx and Engels’ Collected Works volume 47, I found a very interesting letter written by Engels to August Bebel. It was written about a month and half after Marx’s death, April 30 1883. Bebel seems to have suggested Engels to move somewhere else in Europe. Engels’ justifications to continue staying in England is quite remarkable.

Dear Bebel,

There is a very simple answer to your question as to whether I might remove to Germany or Switzerland or somewhere else on the Continent, namely that I shall not go to any country from which one can be expelled. But that is something one can only be safe from in England and America. I should at most go to the latter country on a visit, unless otherwise compelled. Hence I shall remain here.

Moreover England has another great advantage. Since the demise of the International there has been no labour movement whatsoever here, save as an appendage to the bourgeoisie, the radicals and for the pursuit of limited aims within the capitalist system. Thus, only here does one have the peace one needs if one is to go on with one’s theoretical work. Everywhere else one would have had to take part in practical agitation and waste an enormous amount of time. As regards practical agitation, I should have achieved no more than any one else; as regards theoretical work, I cannot yet see who could take the place of Marx and myself. What younger men have attempted in this line is worth little, indeed, for the most part less than nothing. Kautsky, the only one who applies himself to study, has to write for a living and for that reason if no other can achieve nothing. And now, in my sixty-third year, up to my eyes in my own work and with the prospect of a year’s work on the second volume of Capital and another year’s work on Marx’s biography, along with the history of the German socialist movement from 1843 to 1863 and of the International from 1864-72, it would be madness for me to exchange my peaceful retreat here for some place where one would, have to take part in meetings and newspaper battles, which alone would be enough to blur, as it necessarily must, the clarity of one’s vision. To be sure, if things were as they were in 1848 and 1849, I would again take to the saddle if need arose.

Written by Pratyush Chandra

November 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

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