Haunted by Fire
Essays on Caste, Class, Exploitation and Emancipation
Mythily Sivaraman’s essays range from agrarian unrest, caste oppression, land, labour and wages, the centrality of class struggle, the early promise of change, the radical course of left struggles, the coercive apparatus of the state, issues of impunity, and the way the Emergency worked out on the ground.
Introduction: The Life and Times of Mythily Sivaraman by V. Geetha and Kalpana Karunakaran Reading Mythily Sivaraman by V. Geetha
1. Children of Darkness
2. Harijans: Forbidden Territories, Feckless Reforms
II. Understanding the Dravidian Movement
3. The Relevance of Periyar: Caste or Class Struggle
4. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam: The Content of its Ideology
5. Straining Hard for Ideas
III. Land and labour
6. Venmani and the Free Press
7. DMK: Kisan ’s Friend or Foe?
8. Thanjavur: Rumblings of Class Struggle in Tamil Nadu
9. Gentlemen Killers of Kilvenmani
IV. Workers and unions
10. The Industrial Policy of the DMK
11. A Report on MRF: A Monopoly, its Workers and the State
12. Plantations: The Green Industry and its Wage Slaves
13. The Politics of Repression
14. All-Out Attack on the Working Class
V. Repression and resistance
15. Who is the Aggressor?
16. Murder of Seeralan
17. Police on the Rampage
18. Story of Nagammal
VI. Electoral Politics
19. A Report on the Tamil Nadu Elections
20. Election Parole
21. Different Alignment for Assembly Election?
22. Glamour Politics in Command
23. Moment of Truth for MGR
24. Odd Man Out
VII. Exploring Socialism
25. Gandhian Thought in Cuba
26. Communists Must Ponder: Extremism and the Left
27. Education in Cuba
28. The Relevance of Truth and Non-Violence to Indian Politics Today
29. Towards Emancipation
30. People ’s Republic in China
"This book is a must-read for all students of caste, class and politics and Tamil Nadu and could pave the way for more such works from the women ideologues and workers of the Left movement in Tamil Nadu who are behind many a struggle in the state."
D. Karthikeyan, Economic and Political Weekly
"Mythili Sivaraman’s unconventional genre of writing operates at two levels. One of these offers vivid personal accounts of socio-political issues she has been involved with; the other offers an intellectual approach to established socio-political norms. Thus, on both counts the book seeks to fill a void in the written history of the Tamil Nadu."
Kavitha Muralidharan, The Hindu