M.N. Roy Reader, 3 Vols

Essential Writings

Edited by R.M. Pal, Bhaskar Sur


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2016

1529 pages

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Manabendranath Roy (1887-1954), the founder of the Indian Communist Party in exile, is undoubtedly India's foremost revolutionary theorist. His life was an unending quest for freedom – first from the colonial yoke, then under the influence of Marxism, 'wage slavery', and in his last years, from anything that stunts the immense potential of the individual and prevents him from being a free agent in history. A citizen of the world, he took active part in the emancipatory struggles in India, Mexico, revolutionary Russia and China during their crucial years. His writings, astonishing in their scope and vitality, were written in five major languages of the West – English, French, Spanish, German and Russian. This collection, for the first time, seeks to present the entire range of his essential writings – from the stormy Mexico days to the wider vision of the humanistic phase when he was striving to go beyond communism without sacrificing the revolutionary legacy of Marxism.

Bhaskar Sur

Bhaskar Sur has been in the thick of popular science and rights movements since his student days. He has contributed both in English and Bengali to various journals on the social role of science, the necessity of a scientific outlook and social change.

He is the editor of Bivartan, a journal dedicated to critical enquiry and environmental security. His publications include The Poet as a Crusader and Radical Essays (2012) and The Unvisited Land (2013). He is closely associated with the Indian Radical Humanist Association and PUCL.

R.M. Pal

R.M. Pal was born in Kamilla district of undivided Bengal. He taught English at Rajdhani College in Delhi. He was closely associated with the Radical Humanist Movement and was personally close to M.N. Roy and Evelyn Roy. He was honorary editor of the Radical Humanist and editor of PUCL Bulletin.

He has edited Selection from the Marxist Way and Humanist Way (1999) and co-edited Protection of Human Rights of Dalits: A Critique (1991). He has also published several articles on M.N. Roy and on the subject of human rights.