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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Comrade Rebatimohan Barman (1903/05 – 6 May 1952) was a full-time organiser of the undivided Communist Party of India and a communist intellectual. Comrade Barman was born in a family of legal practitioners and died from leprosy, a disease of the poor, contracted in prison.
Comrade Barman’s political life had begun in the revolutionary nationalist fold. The mass upsurges from below made him recognise and reject the proprietor class positions embodied within anti-colonial nationalism. He con[...]
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[...]