On 6 December 2022, the Indonesia parliament passed a new criminal code. There is much to debate about this code, including the violations of the rights to equality before the law and equal protection as well as the right to privacy and the right to freedom of speech and association.
One aspect of the law that has received little concern is the section of the law that specifically outlaws Marxism with a ten-year sentence for being associated with organisations with a Marxist tendency and a fo[...]
In 1919, a British merchant vessel SS Boveric reached Calcutta. The ship carried a mixed crew ‘of all nations’. On board were Frank Bilboa and John Burtovich, two workers in their twenties. They had previously participated in strikes led by the Industrial Workers of the World at Broken Hill, New South Wales in 1917. Having been sentenced to and served six months in jail, they were detained until November 1918 by the Australian authorities who considered the best ways to get rid of them. Af[...]
For more on this subject see
Red Star Over the Third World, by Vijay Prashad
Liberate the Colonies!: Communism and Colonial Freedom 1917-1924, edited by
Vijay Prashad, John Riddell, Nazeef Mollah
On December 24, 1917, just months after the October Revolution conducted by the Bolsheviks in the former Tsarist empire, the Bombay Chronicle wrote an editorial about that event.‘Our ideas of the Bolshevik organisation are very vague, . . . .’ wrote the anti-colonial nationalist editors.[...]
Certain books glide into you. It stays there, refusing to leave, and reorients you at least in bits. This is about one such reading experience. Books speak to the location of the reader. I read Nothing Human is Alien to Me at a stage in an academic’s life quite often termed as an ‘early career researcher’, called so purely from a careerist gaze. Decent employment is scarce. One is observing an intimidating chase for citations, indexes, and grants. And quite often thinks ‘is it late alrea[...]
We are delighted to announce that Nothing Will Be Forgotten: From Jamia to Shaheen Bagh by Nehal Ahmed, is the winner of the Muzaffar Ahmad Memorial Award, 2022.
"Nehal Ahmed’s Nothing Will Be Forgotten: From Jamia to Shaheen Bagh is an eyewitness account of the students’ protest, the ensuing state violence against them, and the citizens’ movement against the discriminatory laws." – Githa Hariharan
Read an excerpt from the book:
"I felt helpless. I felt that the Jamia[...]