“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]

A spark of hope for India’s future in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

In an alternative world, the BJP would have been routed in both Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. It is the Party of the Rich, the party of corruption and deceit,  the party with fangs against minorities – particularly Muslims. Why a party with such fangs can win elections is to be seriously considered. Books – such [… 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]

On the Death of Comrade Sukomal Sen (1934-2017)

In 1985, when Sukomal Sen was a member of the Rajya Sabha, he stood up to speak about a World Bank loan that had been taken by the Government of India. Sen and his comrades in the communist movement warned – early on – about the insinuation of the World Bank and the International Monetary [… click here for more]

संसद मार्ग पर मजदूरों का महापड़ाव

अमित श्योकंद  सेंट्रल दिल्ली शहर और देश के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण इलाका है. यहाँ देश की संसद से लेकर राष्ट्रपति, प्रधानमंत्री, मंत्रियों और प्रमुख विभागों के मुख्यालय स्थित हैं. ऐसा अमूमन कम ही होता है कि सेंट्रल दिल्ली में कुछ हो रहा हो और वह सुर्ख़ियों का हिस्सा ना बने पर पिछले तीन दिनों से [… click here for more]

The Revolution of 1917

Vijay Prashad Today – November 7, 2017 – is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. In February of that year, the working class and peasantry – along with the soldiers – overthrew the Tsar’s regime. That October (November in our calendar), led by the Bolshevik party, the workers and peasants completed their [… click here for more]

The Russian Revolution Is Still Relevant Today

The upcoming 7th November will mark the 100 years of the Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution changed the course of history in many ways. In what is remarked as one of the most significant events of the 20th century, the ordinary Russians took control of the stage to overthrow the provisional government and established a rule [… click here for more]