Amit Sengupta, one of the most important global leaders of the people’s health movement and of the people’s science movement, left us this week. He was a close friend of LeftWord Books from our inception in 1999. We spoke to him early into our existence to do a book on public health. We went to see him in the Delhi Science Forum office and discussed the outline of such a book – either a full-scale monograph or a shorter book that would become part of our Signposts series. Amit was eager an[...]
The agrarian crisis has taken the form of a civilizational crisis.
Successive governments have dismissed the concerns of the farmers. Not only that, they have also been actively complicit in furthering the crisis. Its grave nature is reflected in the suicide of well over 300,000 farmers in the last 20 years. The consequences are no longer restricted to the Agriculture sector alone. India's 'agrarian crisis' has gone beyond the agrarian. We cannot evaluate it through the measure of loss of lan[...]
For too long, successive governments have ignored and been complicit in furthering the rural distress. Its grave nature is reflected in the suicide of well over 300,000 farmers in last 20 years. The consequences are no longer restricted to the Agriculture sector alone. It has now become a crisis of the society and civilization as well.
Many Farmers' groups will march as Kisan Mukti March to the Indian Parliament in Delhi on November 29-30 demanding a special session of the Parliament dedicat[...]
There is bad news and there is good news. The bad news is that the strongmen are going strong all over the world. Jair Bolsonaro, the most extreme far right leader, won the Presidential Elections and will become the new President of Brazil early next year. As pointed out by our chief editor Vijay Prashad, 'Brazil, the largest country in South America, has decided to go the way of the Philippines, the U.S., Hungary and the others.'
The good news is that Strongmen is also going strong. We are ta[...]