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  1. ‘Memoirs of a Dalit Communist’: Note from the Editors
    17
    Jan

    ‘Memoirs of a Dalit Communist’: Note from the Editors

    17 January 2020 We are pleased to bring you the life story of R.B. More as written by More himself and by his son Satyendra. This is not only a crucial document of the past, but it is an inspirational testimony for our struggles today. We are glad that the work of father and son is now being appreciated and studied. Satyendra More finished the work of his father. The original Marathi text was written and edited by Satyendra More. Printed editions of this book will make this clear by a sticker, ..
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  2. Raising Hell at Jhandapur
    09
    Jan

    Raising Hell at Jhandapur

    Much has changed in the past thirty years: the marginally better roads, there’s even a metro station not too far away; overdriven speakers in autos playing 90s music or folk songs with a techno beat; the mobile phones, smart or otherwise; the denims and t-shirts; the many shops selling things people couldn’t have imagined back then; a community centre, complete with a building, a lawn, and a gate. While it’s debatable if the lives of the residents at Jhandapur have improved, today’s hig..
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  3. The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 3
    28
    Dec

    The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 3

    As he lay agonising over the nearly-finished manuscript, Sudhanva would share, every now and then, nuggets from the Janam photo archive. Read on. There’s a lot here that didn’t make it into the final text. (Click on the sub-heads to see individual Facebook posts.) Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi will be out on January 1, 2020. Do join us for the book launch at Jhandapur that day. << Part 1 – The Journey of ‘Halla Bol’ | Part 2 – The Journey of ‘Halla Bol’..
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  4. The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 2
    19
    Dec

    The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 2

    As the book begins to take shape, as much in the author’s mind as on paper, we keep satiating our curiosity with these highlights from the life of Safdar – actor, activist, man of letters. Read on. There’s a lot here that didn’t make it into the final text. (Click on the sub-heads to see individual Facebook posts.) Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi will be out on January 1, 2020. Do join us for the book launch at Jhandapur that day. << Part 1 – The Journey of ‘H..
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  5. The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 1
    04
    Dec

    The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 1

    It was towards the end of July that the author, serial hashtagger and indulgent ‘Boss’, Sudhanva Deshpande, began sharing updates on the book’s progress on Facebook. Occupied with all kinds of tasks at LeftWord, Vaam Prakashan, and Studio Safdar – over and above the writing of the book – he could hardly be expected to sit down and talk to us about it. These updates were all we had as we grew more and more impatient. Read on. There’s a lot here that didn’t make it into the final te..
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