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  1. The Impersonator and 'Comrade Schmidt'
    22
    Jun

    The Impersonator and 'Comrade Schmidt'

    Suchetana Chattopadhyay ‘I forget his name Mr. Dange. In fact I forgot your address too.’ A forgotten moment in Bomabay’s history is recorded in the dossiers. In late 1923, when S. A. Dange was in jail awaiting trial in what became known as Kanpur Bolshevik Conspiracy Case (1924), a police Inspector of the city's (anti-)Bolshevik Branch impersonated him. The aim of this masquerade was to meet one ‘Comrade Schmidt’. Claiming to represent the Communist International, he was a sailor an[...]
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  2. The Photo of Nalini Gupta
    15
    Jun

    The Photo of Nalini Gupta

    101 years ago on the evening of Saturday 12 June 1920, Nalini Bhushan Dasgupta, a former student of the school at Bolpur was singing ‘the Santiniketan song’ at the London YMCA in honour of Rabindranath. A reception had been organised by Bengalis living in England at the time to celebrate the poet's visit. Nalini later landed in Moscow via Berlin during the Third Congress of the Comintern (1921) and became a trusted helper of M. N. Roy, volunteering to travel to India on behalf of the émigr[...]
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  3. Mythily Sivaraman (1939-2021).
    30
    May

    Mythily Sivaraman (1939-2021).

    LeftWord Books pays tribute to Mythily Sivaraman (1939-2021), author of Haunted by Fire: Essays on Caste, Class, Exploitation and Emancipation. On Tamil Nadu’s western border with Kerala lies the town of Valparai, where the plantation workers went on strike in May 1972. Meenakshi, a worker in her forties, worked at the Periakarumalai Tea & Produce Company. When the police attacked the striking workers, Meenakshi was arrested by them and severely beaten up in the police van. As the po[...]
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  4. We Stand with Palestine
    17
    May

    We Stand with Palestine

    Since 1948, Israel has tried to erase the Palestinians from their lands and to erase the possibility of a Palestinian homeland. For good reason, the Syrian academic Constantine Zurayak published a book that year called Ma’na al-Nakba (Meaning of the Catastrophe). The ‘catastrophe’ was the expulsion of the Palestinians from their homes, which since then has expanded to the apartheid conditions for Palestinians inside Israel, to the occupation of Palestinians who live in East Jerusalem, Gaza[...]
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  5. हम फ़िलिस्तीन के साथ खड़े हैं
    17
    May

    हम फ़िलिस्तीन के साथ खड़े हैं

    ऐजाज़ अहमद, अरुंधति रॉय, गीता हरिहरन, मोहम्मद यूसुफ़ तारिगामी, नसीरुद्दीन शाह, नयनतारा सहगल, प्रभात पटनायक, रत्ना पाठक शाह, सुभाषिनी अली, सुधन्वा देशपांडे और विजय प्रसाद. 1948 से इज़राइल ने फ़िलि[...]
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