Remember, Remember, the 6th of December

Remember, Remember, the 6th of December, the axes, the hammers, that would dismember a mosque and a nation that has since then – only walked on embers. – Akhil Katyal Indian democracy has seen multiple black dots in its 70 years of history. From emergency declared by Indira Gandhi to 2002 Gujarat riots, one event [… click here for more]

Two New LeftWord Titles: by Samir Amin and Lula da Silva

We have published 9 titles in 2018 and there are more titles in our schedule for this year. For a brief review of our books this year, the reviews that our books received, their excerpts from various publications, interviews of our authors and events around our books, you can read our blog on our books in 2018. [… click here for more]

On the Death of Comrade Amit Sengupta (1958-2018)

Amit Sengupta, one of the most important global leaders of the people’s health movement and of the people’s science movement, left us this week. He was a close friend of LeftWord Books from our inception in 1999. We spoke to him early into our existence to do a book on public health. We went to [… click here for more]

Dilli Chalo!

The agrarian crisis has taken the form of a civilizational crisis. Successive governments have dismissed the concerns of the farmers. Not only that, they have also been actively complicit in furthering the crisis. Its grave nature is reflected in the suicide of well over 300,000 farmers in the last 20 years.  The consequences are no [… click here for more]

LeftWord Recommends: Books on Agrarian Crisis

For too long, successive governments have ignored and been complicit in furthering the rural distress.  Its grave nature is reflected in the suicide of well over 300,000 farmers in last 20 years. The consequences are no longer restricted to the Agriculture sector alone. It has now become a crisis of the society and civilization as [… click here for more]

Strongmen Going Strong

There is bad news and there is good news. The bad news is that the strongmen are going strong all over the world. Jair Bolsonaro, the most extreme far right leader, won the Presidential Elections and will become the new President of Brazil early next year. As pointed out by our chief editor Vijay Prashad, ‘Brazil, [… click here for more]

‘Our Renaissance leaders taught us that some customs are meant to be broken’

The RSS feed on fear. Fighting them requires depriving them of it. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerela, was born in Kannur, ground zero of RSS terror. He has seen the worst that they have to offer. At LeftWord Books, we published a collection of Pinarayi Vijayan’s speeches, ‘India vs. RSS‘. Kerala has been a [… click here for more]

Facts of a ‘dirty war’: An excerpt from ‘The Dirty War in Kashmir’

This is an excerpt from our new Shujaat Bukhari book  The Dirty War in Kashmir: Frontline Reports. Shujaat Bukhari was one of the most vital, balanced and well-informed voices in Kashmir. Perhaps for this reason, the 50-year-old journalist was shot dead by motorcycle-borne gunmen in Srinagar on the evening of June 14, 2018, as he was leaving [… click here for more]

आम-सी दिखने वाली ख़ास चीज़ों का म्यूजियम

शादीपुर मेट्रो स्टेशन के गेट नंबर 5 से निकल कर आप अगर आसपास के इलाके पर नज़र डालें तो आप इस निष्कर्ष पर कभी नहीं पहुंचेंगे कि मेट्रो स्टेशन से 5 मिनट की दूरी पर रणजीत नगर में एक बुकस्टोर होगा. ऐसी ढ़ेरों कल्पनाएं मुख्यधारा द्वारा परिभाषित की गयी समाज की रूपरेखा के इर्द-गिर्द बुनी [… click here for more]

Manto in our Times- An Interview with Nandita Das

By Amit Sheokand Saadat Hasan Manto died on 18th January, 1955 in Lahore. Sixty five years after his death, Manto remains relevant to our times. His legacy shines on with his 22 collections of short stories and multiple collections of essays, personal sketches and plays. In the last few years, there has been a significant [… click here for more]