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  1. Murder in Mudukulathur
    12
    May

    Murder in Mudukulathur

    The killing of Immanuel Sekaran in September 1957 became a major flashpoint in Tamil Nadu politics. Memories of the Mudukulathur riots have been moulded to perpetuate and intensify caste conflict in the region ever since. Prof K.A. Manikumar’s Murder in Mudukulathur: Caste and Electoral Politics in Tamil Nadu (2017) helps set the record straight. Below is the preface to his monograph. Terrible caste violence broke out in 1957 in eastern Ramanathapuram district (Tamil Nadu). The reasons for [...]
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  2. A Blue Sky with a Red Sun: Remembering Comrade R.B. More
    11
    May

    A Blue Sky with a Red Sun: Remembering Comrade R.B. More

    The 11th of May is an important day for us. It is the death anniversary of Comrade R.B. More who was one of the the most unusual, most amazing, courageous members of the Communist Party of India, when it was a united party and, later on, he also joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist). But what made him exceptional was that he himself and his work were links between the Dalit movement in the Konkan, in Maharashtra – links between Phule, Shahu Ji Maharaj, Dr Ambedkar – and the left move[...]
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  3. Yeltsin’s Restoration of Capitalism
    09
    May

    Yeltsin’s Restoration of Capitalism

    The 9th of May was celebrated in the Soviet Union, as it still is in the Russian Federation, as Victory Day – victory against the Germans in the Second World War, that is. It was indeed one of the most important events in modern history. Who knows what the world would have looked like otherwise! The collapse of the USSR – the nation that sacrificed 27 million of its own to liberate the rest – nearly 45 years later has been thought of as inevitable. But was it? Carlos Martinez traces the h[...]
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  4. Children of Darkness
    08
    May

    Children of Darkness

    The lockdown is slowly being lifted. For many among us it was a semi-sabbatical, albeit with a mild feeling of being held in captivity. Perhaps a good time to reflect on another lockdown that hides in plain sight. Mythily Sivaraman, a fierce fighter for equality, between the sexes as well communities, writes with feeling of the despair that casteism generates for the mass of the people. Taken from Haunted by Fire: Essays on Caste, Class, Exploitation and Emancipation (LeftWord, 2013; also availa[...]
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  5. Bases for Coexistence
    06
    May

    Bases for Coexistence

    The only mutual recognition worth having, says Edward Said, is one that recognizes the suffering of both the Jewish and Palestinian people, one that insults neither the memory of the Holocaust nor that of Arab dispossession. Written in 1997, barring some references to recent events, this article might as well have been penned yesterday. One of the most important differences between Arabs in the Arab world and those who live in the West is that on a daily basis the latter are forced to confron[...]
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