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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

गुजरात और हिंदुत्व प्रोज़ेक्ट- तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ के संस्मरण का एक अंश

गुजरात के विधानसभा चुनाव के प्रचार से एक बात जो साफ़ हुई है वह यह है कि नरेन्द्र मोदी और बीजेपी का विकास का चेहरा महज एक छलावा भर है. इस चुनाव में कांग्रेस से मिल रही जबरदस्त टक्कर के बीच बीजेपी ने विकास को छोड़ अपना अल्पसंख्यक-विरोधी पैंतरा फिर से बेशर्मी से इस्तेमाल किया [… click here for more]

AG Noorani and Hindutva

We, at LeftWord Books, have been proud to publish the thoroughly-researched and laser-sharp writings of AG Noorani. Born in 1930, Noorani is a renowned advocate in the Bombay High Court and in the Supreme Court of India. It is that lawyer’s eye that Noorani brings to his historical and political studies, careful to map out [… click here for more]

Is Fascism Imminent?

By P.M.S. Grewal A few weeks ago, CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat wrote a brief article in the Indian Express that assessed the character of the RSS and the BJP. He argued that the BJP is not capable of fascism because the conditions that would require the ‘terroristic dictatorship of finance capital’ – as the Communist [… click here for more]

Are we living under fascism already?

Newsletter this Week.. In the latest post on the LeftWord Blog, Vijay Prashad points towards his rejoinder to Jairus Banaji’s ad hominem attack on Prakash Karat. Karat makes a distinction between a fascist and an authoritarian regime, and Banaji, rather than engaging with the substance of Karat’s argument, makes an ill-toned attack on what he considers ‘Stalinism’. In fact, Banaji displays the [… click here for more]