Reading Lenin by Vijay Prashad

In March this year, after winning the Tripura assembly elections, BJP cadres demolished the statue of Vladimir llyich Lenin in the Belonia town in south Tripura. Lenin was not only a supporter of worker-peasant movements but also a supporter of anti-colonial struggles. ‘Liberation of all colonies’ and ‘liberation of all dependent, oppressed and unequal nations’ was at [… click here for more]

Activist Arrests in India Are Part of a Dangerous Global Trend to Stifle Dissent

By Vijay Prashad On Tuesday morning, the police from the Indian city of Pune (in the state of Maharashtra) raided the homes of lawyers and social activists across India and arrested five of them. Many of them are not household names around the world, since they are people who work silently on behalf of the [… click here for more]

LeftWord Recommends: Books on Russian Revolution

It’s been hundred years of the Russian Revolution. In all these years, countless books have been written on the revolution, its aftermath and its impact on numerous first world and the third world societies. This reading list is an exploration of the events that changed the course of history and their effects on the world. [… click here for more]

LeftWord Books in 2018

2018 has been an eventful year for us at LeftWord Books. We’ve published 7 books till now and there are 8 more titles in our schedule for this year. This blog is a brief review of our books this year and also includes the reviews that our books received, their excerpts from various publications, interviews [… click here for more]

Ahed Tamimi, The Freedom Theatre and 13 years of BDS Movement

“I’m not the victim of the occupation. The Jew or the settler child who carries a rifle at the age of 15, they are the victims of the occupation. For me, I am capable of distinguishing between right and wrong. But not him. His view is clouded. His heart is filled with hatred and scorn [… click here for more]

LeftWord Books in Kolkata: New Developments

                             At the start of this month, Seagull Books shifted into a new home at 36C, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road in Kolkata, 700025. Already into their 36th year, Seagull Books has also opened a new space in Delhi’s Maharani Bagh. LeftWord Books [… click here for more]

आरक्षण का प्रावधान क्यों किया गया?

              भारतीय समाज और राजनीति को जिन घटनाओं ने सबसे ज्यादा बदला, उनमें मंडल कमीशन की रिपोर्ट का स्थान बहुत ऊपर है. भारत में आज़ादी के बाद के इतिहास को ‘मंडल कमीशन के पहले का भारत’ और ‘मंडल कमीशन के बाद का भारत’ जैसे कालखंडों में बांटा जा सकता [… click here for more]

Erdogan’s Dream and Our Struggle: An Interview with Burhan Sönmez.

On June 24, Turkey voters decided in the favor of Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in both the presidential and parliamentary elections. The elections were called in advance and came after the narrowly approved referendum last year which gave enormous powers to the President and abolished the post of Prime Minister. [… click here for more]

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]