Haunted by Fire

Essays on Caste, Class, Exploitation and Emancipation

Mythily Sivaraman

9789380118185

LeftWord Books, 2013

457 pages

Price INR 550
Book Club Price INR 412
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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. Contents Introduction: The Life and Times of Mythily Sivaraman by V. Geetha and Kalpana Karunakaran Reading Mythily Sivaraman by V. Geetha I. Dalits 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 Mythily Sivaraman is an activist and a scholar. She was the national Vice President of the All India Democratic Women ’s Association (AIDWA). She has been involved in village mobilization and social activism, particularly with factory workers, women and dalits. Her essays have been published in several leading journals. She was the editor of The Radical Review (1969 –73), and is the author of Fragments of a Life: A Family Archive (New Delhi 2006).

Mythily Sivaraman

Mythily Sivaraman is an activist and a scholar. She was the national Vice President of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). She has been involved in village mobilization and social activism, particularly with factory workers, women and dalits. Her essays have been published in several leading journals. She was the editor of The Radical Review (1969-–73), and is the author of Fragments of a Life: A Family Archive (New Delhi 2006).

Review

"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." –— The Hindu

"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." — Economic and Political Weekly

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