Beef Ban, Capitalist Crisis and the Rise of the Right

Submitted by admin on Sun, 06/04/2017 - 06:19
Beef ban

 

Dear Friends,

The Indian government - in pursuance of its attack on the diversity of Indian culture - has decided to push for a ban on beef eating. This has come after a vicious series of murders of cow herders and traders - from vulnerable communities - that have gone largely unpunished. The climate of intolerance is now established by this government order.

But the ban on beef has not gone unchallenged. Across the opposition landscape has come a strong criticism of this policy. In the lead have been left-wing students who have come onto the streets to cook and eat beef in a festive atmos

Kerala and Afghanistan

Submitted by admin on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 23:53
Kerala

 

Dear Friends,

Two days ago, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala completed its first term in office. One of the highlights of its accomplishments has been the policy towards migrants workers. While there is a global attack on immigrants, in Kerala the Left has decided to push for more rights for mights - including health insurance. This is only one of many initiatives taken by the LDF to tackle the pressing needs of the people. By the way, the population of Kerala is about equal to that of Canada. Developments of a humane policy in such a large state should give pause to th

Bangalore Dates: LeftWord Tour of 2017

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:01
LeftWrd Tour 2017

 

LeftWord is going to be in Bangalore with a series of talks. Share widely. Let your friends know. Come meet us!

Sunday 28 May

10 am Mount Carmel College
~ Non-Fiction Writing Workshop with Vijay Prashad. [Registrations closed.]

7 pm Atta Galata 
134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala
~ In the Ruins of the Present: Capitalism and the Detritus of Trump a talk by Vijay Prashad

Monday 29 May

3.30 pm Institute for Social and Economic Change Chandra Layout, Nagarbhavi
~ Theatre and Freedom: Cultural Resistance in Palestine
an illustrated talk by Sudhanva Deshpande
~ From Palestine to Afghan

Crisis of Capital and the Rise of the Right

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Lecture Room- 2, India International Centre Annexe, New Delhi
24 May 2017
6-9 PM
Crisis of Capital and the Rise of the Right
Panel Discussion on Eight Years of Newsclick

Vijay Prashad (Professor, Trinity College),
Teesta Setalvad (Journalist and Author),
Rajat Nag (Economist and Former MDG, Asian Development Bank)
Chair: Prabir Purkayastha (Chief Editor, Newsclick)

Newsclick was founded in 2009, just after the 2008 global financial crisis. Over the past eight years, the crisis has continued unabated in different forms, both in the global North and South. 

Unemployment is rising, and so is glob

Return to Haymarket

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 05/18/2017 - 02:42
Hungry as Fuck

 

Walking across the River towards the streets where the events of 4 May 1886 took place - the fabled Haymarket. I had last been there years ago, when in graduate school. It was for a May Day rally. Before the River, I pass Daley Plaza, where many an afternoon was spent in demonstration against the first Iraq War, many a club taken from the Chicago policemen on their well-fed black horses. I remember a woman from amongst the protestors being dragged by her hair for half a block by a mounted policeman. The edge of that brutality was of course reserved for the South Side of Chicago, where comman

Trump, Turkey, Nakba

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:07
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived to protests outside the Turkish embassy in DC

 

Dear Friends,

Today, in Washington, DC, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an arrived to protests outside the Turkish embassy. This is to be expected. There is a great deal to voice outrage about - the purges that are ongoing and the suppression of the Turkish southeast. The size of the protest was modest - two dozen people. Erdo?an's supporters - and perhaps Turkish security guards - attacked these protestors. A Facebook video showed them bloodied.

In today's Alternet, I have a report to coincide with Erdo?an's arrival in Washington. The report covers the Turkish purges and the war in Tu

When Israeli Fighter Jets Almost Killed Jawaharlal Nehru

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 05/14/2017 - 15:30
Nehru at the American University of Beirut 1960

 

May 15th is Nakba Day, the Day of Catastrophe for the Palestinians. In 1948, that was the date when the Israeli State began to emerge and three quarters of a million Palestinians were ejected from their land. The term Nakba was coined by the Syrian historian Constantine Zurayk, who was the Acting President of the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) in 1952.

Part of the expelled Palestinian nation had fled to Gaza, where - from the first - they lived in refugee camps under the care of the fledgling United Nations. War between Israel and Egypt across Gaza drew a UN response in 1956, when

LeftWord Tour of 2017

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 05/13/2017 - 00:25
Mum drinks tea as I sign a book

 

Each year, Sudhanva Deshpande, Suvendu Mallick and I go on our LeftWord Tour. Last year we went to Mumbai, where we visited IIT, TIIS and St. Xavier's College. We also organised a walk through Girangaon, led by the veteran trade unionist Datta Iswalkar.

One of the evenings, we held a panel discussion to release our volume - Communist Histories, vol. 1 - with contributions from Comrade Ashok Dhawale and Comrade L. B. Dhangar. It was a remarkable experience to have Comrade Dhangar give his first-hand account of the Warli Uprising of 1945-47 and its aftermath. In Archana Prasad's essay for th

The Final Administration, Palestinian Hunger Strike, Frida in a Sari

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 06:25
My intifada profile

 

Dear Friends,

I wrote a little blog post on the delightful picture - from 1947 - of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with Nayantara Sahgal and Rita Dar, the daughters of Vijayalakshmi Pandit, thanks to Nayantara, which you can read here.

Nayantara has an important essay in Githa Hariharan's LeftWord Books collection From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity (2015). I had that book nearby when I was putting together my report on the hunger strike in Palestine, now entering its 24th day. It is a strike that has received almost no serious coverage, little concern for the strikers and even

Frida Kahlo in a Sari

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 00:25
Frida Kahlo in a Sari

 

The Instagram account of Border & Fall carried a picture of Frida Kahlo in a sari flanked by two women. There was no comment there. The general reaction was: wow!

One of the women seemed familiar to me - she is to Frida Kahlo's left. It looked like a young Nayantara Sahgal, the writer who now lives in Dehra Dun. The other woman, on Kahlo's right, looked like Nayantara's sister Rita Dar.

Nayantara Sahgal and Rita Dar are the younger daughters of Vijayalakshmi Pandit - India's first ambassador to the USSR, the US and Mexico and then the United Nations (she was the sister of Jawaharlal Nehru