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  1. The Story of a Translation
    24
    Aug

    The Story of a Translation

    LeftWord's July release, Decoding the RSS: Its Tradition and Politics, is the translation into English of Raosaheb Kasbe's classic Marathi book, Zot. In this post, translator Deepak Borgave outlines the process of transmitting into English the polemical text, which draws from a range of historical references to present an incisive critique of RSS ideologue M.S. Golwalkar's Bunch of Thoughts. * * * Why translate, and for whom? Does translation matter? Who is the reader? Is translation necessa..
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  2. Letter from the Editors of LeftWord Books
    06
    Aug

    Letter from the Editors of LeftWord Books

    -Read in Hindi- Dear Friends, The BJP government has decided that it is time to turn its attention to the epidemic of lynching that engulfs India. It has asked Amit Shah, the Home Minister, to turn his languid eye towards these fires that are burning from Dadri (where Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched in 2015) to Dhatkidih (where Tabrez Ansari was lynched in 2019). If you look carefully at the record of the BJP central and state governments, it would be foolish to assume that they will be seized of ..
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  3. लेफ़्टवर्ड बुक्स के संपादकों की ओर से
    06
    Aug

    लेफ़्टवर्ड बुक्स के संपादकों की ओर से

    -अंग्रेज़ी में पढ़ें- प्यारे दोस्तो, भारत में इन दिनों भीड़ द्वारा ह्त्या (लिंचिंग) जैसी क्रूर और दिल दहला देने वाली घटना एक सामान्य सी बात बन कर रह गई है। आए दिन पागल भीड़ किसी न किसी बहाने से मासूम..
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  4. 'The criticism of religion is the premise of all criticism': Raosaheb Kasbe
    20
    Jul

    'The criticism of religion is the premise of all criticism': Raosaheb Kasbe

    When Raosaheb Kasbe's Zot was published in Marathi, in 1978, RSS cadres made a public bonfire of it at the Janata Party convention in Pune that year. The book presented an incisive critique of M.S. Golwalkar's Bunch of Thoughts, the main ideological treatise of the RSS. Kasbe traced the historical roots of cultural nationalism as outlined by Golwalkar, and exposed its authoritarianism. His study of the functioning of the RSS revealed its communal blueprint, its anti-modern views and anti-democra..
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  5. Grateful for Progress Publishers
    15
    Jul

    Grateful for Progress Publishers

    The bookshelf in my mother's apartment in Kolkata is weighed down by an old history. There are books in the familiar blue and white spine, the old Progress Publishers volumes that include my volumes of Karl Marx's Capital, bought in 1981. Russian classics jostle for space, a bit of Lermontov here and a bit of Gogol there. There used to be children's books, but in the move from one apartment to the other, these might have been slipped into the bags of the kabariwallah. Running my hands over these..
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