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]

Book Production as an act of Political Resistance

Can book production be an act of political resistance? Can the design and material of any book be used to strengthen any story of resistance? Can the aesthetics of a book magnify the content and substance of text and images? In April this year, we at LeftWord Books, published our first visual book. Edited by [… click here for more]

The Venezuelan Dilemma: Progressives and the “Plague on both your Houses” Position

By Steve Ellner In recent weeks, a number of Venezuelan specialists on the left side of the political spectrum have published and posted pieces that place them in an anti-Chavista, “ni-ni” position that consists of “a plague on both your houses” with regard to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan opposition. I consider myself [… click here for more]

Red Sun in a Blue Sky

Subhashini Ali delivered this speech at EMS Smrithi, Thrissur in June 2017:   25 years of neo-liberalism have seen the greatest concentrations of wealth and exponentially growing disparity.  They have also seen not only growing unemployment but lowering of standards of living of the middle class and working class people.  This is the natural result of [… click here for more]

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]