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 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]

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]

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]

Blue and Red Flags for a New Era of Struggle

By Subhashini Ali September 16 was an important day in the attempts by the Communist Parties to forge closer links of solidarity and joint struggle with important Dalit leaders and movements. The two-and-a-half years of the BJP-led Government have been witness to unprecedented attacks on the people of our country, on their livelihood, their jobs, [… 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]

Dalit Resistance and the Role of the Left

By Brinda Karat A fundamental and core feature of India’s socio-economic structures is its caste system. Birth and descent determine positions in immutable social hierarchies. When Rohith Vemula penned his tragic yet passionate suicide note he described his Dalit identity as a ‘fatal accident’. And it is true. Had he been born into another caste, [… click here for more]