Facing odds still moving ahead: Kulgam (Jammu & Kashmir)

By Tikender Panwar Very few people know that the red flag of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPIM, staunchly defends the people’s rights against the police and military excesses here and also is a beacon to combat the designs of secessionist elements in Kashmir valley. In the state, the CPIM is a small party, which [… click here for more]

Adani, Jay Amit Shah & the Ruling Ideas of the Ruling Class

By Amit Sheokand George Orwell’s 1984 echoes with the slogan – Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. The State, Orwell wrote, attempts to manage ‘knowledge,’ to produce discourses that change according to its own interests and its agendas. The State attempts to ‘manufacture’ knowledge to achieve its [… click here for more]

Adi Cooper and her research on the Tebhaga and Tanka Movements (1946-50)

Elisabeth B. Armstrong Adrienne’s Book In 1988, K. P. Bagchi of Kolkata published Adrienne Cooper’s Sharecropping and Sharecroppers’ Struggles in Bengal, 1930-1950. A Bengali version of the book was published in Bangladesh, but this version tells only the economic history not the political history of rural people’s lives. In Economic and Political Weekly, Ranajit Das [… click here for more]

In solidarity with Teesta Setalvad

In the times when the government institutions are happily dismantling the democratic values enshrined in the constitution of the country, renowned civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad was detained by police in Varanasi yesterday. She was in Varanasi to attend a youth training camp organized by Samajvadi Jana Parishad and to deliver a speech on ‘Communalism [… click here for more]

The Killing of History (Guest Post by John Pilger)

John Pilger is an Australian journalist, author of a number of important articles and maker of some crucial documentaries (including about Cambodia, Indonesia and the indigenous peoples of Australia). I have long been a fan of John Pilger’s work – it is well-researched, honest and powerful without being sensational. There is a dignity to his [… click here for more]

Lessons from Sikar: a passionate, disciplined and successful Agitation

On the 12th of September, the farmers in Rajasthan succeeded in making the government surrender to their key demands. Their victory was achieved by a non-violent protest that drew popular support from all sections of society. The farmers in the Sikar district of Rajasthan had started this struggle in the middle of July under the [… click here for more]

Third World Quarterly and a False Case for Colonialism

Last week, Third World Quarterly, a development studies journal, published an article by Bruce Gilley titled ‘The case for Colonialism.’ In his piece, Gilley not only claimed that Colonialism was good, but he went on to argue that we need a new program for colonialism. The publication of this article was followed by the protests [… click here for more]

Amazing Grace: The life and death of Gauri Lankesh

जिस्म की मौत कोई मौत नहीं होती  जिस्म मिट जाने से इन्सान नहीं मर जाते धड़कनें रूकने से अरमान नहीं मर जाते साँस थम जाने से ऐलान नहीं मर जाते होंठ जम जाने से फ़रमान नहीं मर जाते जिस्म की मौत कोई मौत नहीं होती — साहिर लुधियानवी Gauri Lankesh’s assassination has led to a [… click here for more]

Three Cyclists from India and Encounters of Empire

  Fredrik Petersson ‘In China, the people did not believe they were Indians, because they were clean-shaven…’ (RGASPI 542/1/5, 68).   The continual mining of the Comintern Archive in Moscow, either by visiting the archive or consulting the online digital archive, furthers our understanding of (as in my case) anti-colonial and anti-imperialist movements and experiences [… click here for more]

The Revolution of Ordinary People: Russia, 1917

By Vijay Prashad Lenin did not make the Revolution in 1917. Nor did Stalin. Nor Trotsky. They each provided crucial leadership, with Lenin’s role being essential from April 1917 onwards. But they were part of a tidal wave that had first risen in 1905, crested and then rose again during the Great War. This tidal [… click here for more]