Letter to the LeftWord Books community

Dear friends, We have opened our year with a publication that has been long anticipated – Teesta Setalvad’s Foot Soldier of the Constitution: A Memoir. The book has already been widely reviewed –  all favorably – and is on the road to appear in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and a host of other [… click here for more]

Vijay Prashad on Teesta Setalvad’s Memoirs

Here’s the transcript of the interview: On Teesta Setalvad’s Memoirs: For the past two years I have been editing Teesta Setalvad’s memoirs. The reason, we at Leftword, were very excited about this book is that during the summer of 2013 and into 2014, there was a demonization of Teesta in the media, mainly by BJP [… click here for more]

Communist Histories

Vijay Prashad We are – with 2017 – a hundred years away from the Russian Revolution, whose audacity brought the workers and peasants of that vast region of Eurasia to power. The USSR lasted only seven decades, and – without doubt – there will be much made this year about its achievements and its failures. [… click here for more]

Vas Bien, Fidel.

In 1999, LeftWord Books – only a few months old – decided that one of our early titles must be from Fidel Castro. Castro had delivered two speeches that year, one at the University of Venezuela and the other at a conference on culture and development in Havana. These were incredible speeches – vintage Castro [… click here for more]

Is Fascism Imminent?

By P.M.S. Grewal A few weeks ago, CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat wrote a brief article in the Indian Express that assessed the character of the RSS and the BJP. He argued that the BJP is not capable of fascism because the conditions that would require the ‘terroristic dictatorship of finance capital’ – as the Communist [… click here for more]

Are we living under fascism already?

Newsletter this Week.. In the latest post on the LeftWord Blog, Vijay Prashad points towards his rejoinder to Jairus Banaji’s ad hominem attack on Prakash Karat. Karat makes a distinction between a fascist and an authoritarian regime, and Banaji, rather than engaging with the substance of Karat’s argument, makes an ill-toned attack on what he considers ‘Stalinism’. In fact, Banaji displays the [… click here for more]