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  1. Emergence of Left Forces in Madras
    23
    Apr

    Emergence of Left Forces in Madras

    For anyone seeking to understand the early years of the labour movement in India, D. Veeraraghavan’s The Making of the Madras Working Class (2013) is an indispensable book. In the chapter ‘Emergence of Left Forces, 1933–1937’ he discusses at length the role of the socialists and communists. In the extract below, one can get an idea of their militant interventions for the protection of workers’ rights in that period in Madras. While acknowledging the active participation of the Congress[...]
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  2. For Comrade Lenin on his 150th Birth Anniversary
    22
    Apr

    For Comrade Lenin on his 150th Birth Anniversary

    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870–1924) was known by his pseudonym—Lenin. He was, like his siblings, a revolutionary, which in the context of tsarist Russia meant that he spent long years in prison and in exile. Lenin helped build the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party both by his intellectual and his organizational work. Lenin’s writings are not only his own words, but the summation of the activity and thoughts of the thousands of militants whose paths crossed his own. It was Lenin’s re[...]
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  3. Was Shivaji anti-Muslim?
    21
    Apr

    Was Shivaji anti-Muslim?

    Shivaji appears in the popular imagination as a ‘Hindu’ king, among the many who resisted Muslim rule in India. Govind Pansare’s Shivaji Kon Hota? interrogates the legend to separate fact from fiction. In this extract from his introduction to the English translation (Who was Shivaji?, LeftWord, 2015), historian Anirudh Deshpande, while discussing the merits of Pansare’s book, questions the anti-Muslim aspect of the Shivaji myth. […] In Pansare’s terse and admirable book, readers [...]
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  4. वर्ग से मुलाकात
    20
    Apr

    वर्ग से मुलाकात

    बाबासाहेब डॉक्टर आंबेडकर की भारत और साम्यवाद (लेफ्टवर्ड, 2019) के लिए लिखी गई आनंद तेलतुम्बडे की भूमिका का एक हिस्सा : वर्ग से मुलाकात यह दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है कि आंबेडकरवादियों ने मार्क्सवाद के प[...]
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  5. The Apartheid Wall
    18
    Apr

    The Apartheid Wall

    On World Heritage Day, as we celebrate structures people in the past erected, let us remind ourselves of one monstrosity that the world allowed to be built, and allows to remain standing. No amount of spray-paint can sanctify it. We share an excerpt from Githa Hariharan’s essay in From India to Palestine (LeftWord, 2014). […] The wall, which Israel has been building despite its being declared illegal by the International Court of Justice, is officially called a Separation Barrier or a Se[...]
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