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]

Letter from the Editors, November 2016

3 November 2016 Dear LeftWord Community, As you read this letter, you should know that across India kisans are on the march. Organised by the All-India Kisan Sabha, they are part of an immense Jatha that will descend on Delhi on 24 November for a large rally. At our LeftWord Blog, there is a short [… 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]

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]

The Poems of Resistance by S. Chandramohan

The post is by Vidya Bhushan Rawat. Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social and human rights activist. He blogs at manukhsi.blogspot.com/. Chandramohan S is an Indian English Dalit poet. He is part of P.K. Rosi foundation, a cultural collective (named after the legendary,pioneering Dalit actress) that seeks to demarginalise Dalit-Bahujans. His latest collection of poems [… click here for more]