Historian Biswamoy Pati passes away

We, at LeftWord Books, are very sad about the sudden death of our friend and comrade Biswamoy Pati. Pati taught history at Delhi University, where he is widely regarded as a generous teacher and colleague. His scholarly work was wide-ranging, from immensely important closely researched work on the history of his native Odisha to his [… click here for more]

Confessions of a Namasudra Communist: The Autobiography of Kanti Biswas

Debayudh Chatterjee (Department of English, University of Delhi) This post is an extract from my M.Phil. dissertation, Class vs Caste: Negotiating Marxist Politics in Bangla Dalit Literature, written under the supervision of Dr. Tapan Basu. The dissertation is due to be submitted to the Department of English, University of Delhi, in July 2017. It is [… click here for more]

Letter to Our LeftWord Community (May 2017)

Dear Comrades and Friends, We are now in the midst of 2017 – the centenary year of the Russian Revolution. The Soviet Union, which was built after the Revolution, lasted a mere seventy years. This is far too short a time in the span of human history to make any kind of judgment about either [… click here for more]

Letter to the Book Club Members

Dear Book Club member, Greetings from LeftWord! Over the years, you’ve been our staunchest supporter. You’ve responded to our books with comments and feedback. You’ve promoted our books on social media, in educational institutions and libraries, and through word of mouth. You’ve also been a source of tremendous financial support for us, by buying directly [… click here for more]

May Day at May Day Bookstore

On May 1, the May Day Bookstore (run by LeftWord Books) completed five years. Over these five years, the May Day event at the bookstore has become an important annual punctual point in Delhi’s political/cultural calendar. This is no mean feat, considering the location of the store — in West Delhi, in a neighbourhood with [… click here for more]

The Freedom Theatre: ten years of tenacity –

A review by Komita Dhanda Rehearsing Freedom: the story of a theatre in PALESTINE Edited by Johanna Wallin; Designed by Sherna Dastur Published by LeftWord Books in association with The Freedom Theatre   To you who stole the future: Your airplane is powerful, It flies faster than a storm and destroys a whole city. But [… click here for more]

Dr. Ambedkar and Communism

  Today, April 14, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birthday is a monumental day for India. It is the day when we celebrate the movement to break the bonds of caste and of social hierarchy. The point of Dr. Ambedkar’s movement – as he said in 1927 during the Mahad Satyagraha – was to fight to ensure [… click here for more]

Syrian Kaleidoscope

On April 6th, the United States attacked the Syrian regime by launching a number of missile strikes against a military airfield. The US administration, in a statement later, said that the strikes were prompted by the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government against its own population. After the alleged chemical attack and [… click here for more]

100th Anniversary of the Working Women’s Day (1917)

Two days before International Women’s Day in 1917, the Petersburg Interdistrict Committee, largely populated by Bolsheviks, sent out a call for the widest participation in the March 8th march. The temperature seemed high. Soldiers on the front wilted in poor morale as the Great War turned out to be anything but for them. Peasants and [… click here for more]

The Reviews Are Coming In!

Teesta Setalvad’s memoir – Foot Soldier of the Constitution – is already in its second printing. We anticipate that we’re going to have to tax our printer with a great many orders for this book. There is a good reason why people are interested in Teesta’s story. The ruling party has so fundamentally vilified her [… click here for more]