Social justice and Jayaprakash Narayan’s socialism

Jayaprakash Narayan believed that socialization of the means of production was the fountainhead of socialism and that it could be used to wipe out ills like unequal distribution of wealth and exploitation. This premise can be our point of departure, writes Sanjukta Bharti

In his book Why Socialism?, Jayaprakash Narayan writes, “Socialism is not a code of personal conduct but a system of social reconstruction. When we speak of applying socialism to India, the first thing that strikes us is the strange and painful fact of inequalities – of rank, of culture, of opportunity: a most disconcertingly unequal distribution of the good things of life. Poverty, hunger, filth, disease, ignorance – for the overwhelming many. Comfort, luxury, position, power – for the select few.”

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