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  1. "He spoke truth to and about the Power"- P. Sainath on John Reed
    08
    Feb

    "He spoke truth to and about the Power"- P. Sainath on John Reed

    We, at LeftWord Books, recently published John Reed's "stirring eyewitness account" of the Russian Revolution, 'Ten Days That Shook the World' with an introduction by one of India's finest journalists and public intellectuals P. Sainath. In Howard Zinn's words, Reed "made history come alive for the readers of popular magazines and impoverished radical monthlies" through his journalistic work in the times preceding and during the First World War when warmongering and binary narratives were the ..
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  2. Johanna Wallin on the process of creating ‘Rehearsing Freedom’

      ‘Rehearsing Freedom: The Story of a Theatre in Palestine’ is the outcome of a desire to visually present The Freedom Theatre’s first decade, from our own perspective, with our own voice. Collaborating with LeftWord Books was the obvious choice. It became as much their project as it was ours, thanks to the ingenuity, vision, and dedication of Sherna Dastur, the designer, and The Freedom Theatre’s close friend and LeftWord publisher Sudhanva Deshpande. Both Sherna and Sudhanva invested..
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  3. Remembering Safdar: his life and his legacy as a voice of resistance
    30
    Dec

    Remembering Safdar: his life and his legacy as a voice of resistance

    “So you missed the demolition of the Babri Masjid And the violence and hate that followedYou missed Ramabai and other Dalit massacresYou missed your nation’s love for the atom bombIn 2002, you missed the Gujarat pogromAnd in neighbouring Pakistan you missedThe creation of the Taliban and hereThis year you missed the coronation of killers We who survived you missed none of theseWe missed you.”- Anand Patwardhan 29 years ago, on 1st January 1989, Safdar Hashmi, one of the founding mem..
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  4. A spark of hope for India's future in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
    19
    Dec

    A spark of hope for India's future in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

    In an alternative world, the BJP would have been routed in both Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. It is the Party of the Rich, the party of corruption and deceit,  the party with fangs against minorities - particularly Muslims. Why a party with such fangs can win elections is to be seriously considered. Books - such as Manjari Katju's new Hinduising Democracy - suggest that the rise of the BJP and its Sangh Parivar has virtually overrun not only democratic institutions but also the culture of..
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  5. On the Death of Comrade Sukomal Sen (1934-2017)
    23
    Nov

    On the Death of Comrade Sukomal Sen (1934-2017)

    In 1985, when Sukomal Sen was a member of the Rajya Sabha, he stood up to speak about a World Bank loan that had been taken by the Government of India. Sen and his comrades in the communist movement warned – early on – about the insinuation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) into the policy-making of the Indian government. Take their money, he suggested, and you will find yourself making their decisions. On that particular day in March 1985, Sen made his point with b..
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