Marx Turns 200

By Vijay Prashad I imagine Karl Marx at his desk in the British Library, reading the Blue Books produced by the British imperial officials, studying the large books of Smith and Ricardo, spilling ink onto his coat, wondering what chaos will meet him at home. When he returns home, his children throw themselves on his [… click here for more]

Book Launch- ‘Building Alternatives: The Story of India’s Oldest Construction Workers’ Cooperative’

By Subin Dennis The launch of the new book ‘Building Alternatives: The Story of India’s Oldest Construction Workers’ Cooperative‘ became an occasion to celebrate alternatives that could move humanity forward in the long road to socialism. The book, which recounts the journey of the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS) in Kerala, has been written [… click here for more]

In the land called hunger

Ramu Ramanathan As the kisan rally marched into Mumbai, all eyes were on one man, the CPI(M) MLA from Surgana and Kalwan constituencies. He organised the potable water and food packets. He sent messages to party colleagues in Mumbai and Delhi. Above all, he egged on the 35,000 peasants through personal example, he walked shoulder [… click here for more]

#KisanLongMarch

    ‘Meherbani nakko! Hakk Havet.’ ‘No favors, we want our rights.’ On 6 March, about 20,000 farmers from Maharashtra mobilized by CPI (M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) began their 200-km march to Mumbai from Nashik. The plan was to indefinitely gherao the Assembly while the Budget session was on and demand immediate resolution of [… click here for more]

The Left Loses an Election in Tripura, but it Has Not Been Defeated

By Vijay Prashad The BJP and its ally – the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) – have won the 2018 elections to the Tripura state legislature. The alliance of the BJP and the IPFT will now form a government. The Left It is the first time in twenty-five years that Tripura, a state of [… click here for more]

The Birth of the Communist Manifesto

Vijay Prashad In 1848, Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels published a short pamphlet on behalf of the Communist League. Marx and Engels, both young men at that time, were tasked by the League to produce a document that would define their current situation and propose a communist path forward. This is what they did. Their [… click here for more]

“He spoke truth to and about the Power”- P. Sainath on John Reed

We, at LeftWord Books, recently published John Reed’s “stirring eyewitness account” of the Russian Revolution, ‘Ten Days That Shook the World‘ with an introduction by one of India’s finest journalists and public intellectuals P. Sainath. In Howard Zinn’s words, Reed “made history come alive for the readers of popular magazines and impoverished radical monthlies” through [… click here for more]

मानिक सरकार और गवर्नेंस का त्रिपुरा मॉडल

संजय भारती मेरी दिलचस्पी त्रिपुरा के मुख्यमंत्री मणिक सरकार (बांग्ला डायलेक्ट के लिहाज से मानिक सरकार) के बजाय उनकी पत्नी पांचाली भट्टाचार्य से मिलने में थी। मैंने सोचा कि निजी जीवन के बारे में `पॉलिटिकली करेक्ट` रहने की चिंता किए बिना वे ज्यादा सहज ढंग से बातचीत कर सकती हैं, दूसरे यह भी पता चल [… click here for more]

Johanna Wallin on the process of creating ‘Rehearsing Freedom’

By Johanna Wallin   ‘Rehearsing Freedom: The Story of a Theatre in Palestine’ is the outcome of a desire to visually present The Freedom Theatre’s first decade, from our own perspective, with our own voice. Collaborating with LeftWord Books was the obvious choice. It became as much their project as it was ours, thanks to [… click here for more]

Remembering Safdar: his life and his legacy as a voice of resistance

By Amit Sheokand “So you missed the demolition of the Babri Masjid And the violence and hate that followed You missed Ramabai and other Dalit massacres You missed your nation’s love for the atom bomb In 2002, you missed the Gujarat pogrom And in neighbouring Pakistan you missed The creation of the Taliban and here This [… click here for more]