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Socialist Writing, Kurdish Futures

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:51
Socialist Writing Workshops

 

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Sudhanva Deshpande, I've been doing a series of socialist writing workshops across India - from Delhi, at Studio Safdar (see above), to Bengaluru to Mumbai to Chennai to Kolkata. Next year, we hope to take our LeftWord Books caravan on the road across Kerala and perhaps to Hyderabad.

After last summer's set of workshops, Mark Nowak of the Worker Writers School in New York interviewed me about the 'essentials of socialist writing', which was published in Jacobin magazine. After this summer's workshops, Mark wondered if we should continue our discussion. There was a g

Kurdish Referendum, American Dreamers, Israeli Arms

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/30/2017 - 05:01

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Dear Friends,

A century of aspirations has finally resulted in a vote - inside Iraqi Kurdistan - for an independent Kurdish nation. Jubilation across the region, from Syria to Iran, amongst the Kurdish population is app

Solidarity With Teesta Setalvad
Teesta detained
Vijay Prashad Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:53

[On Monday morning, Teesta Setalvad was detained in Varanasi. She was en route to a youth training camp organised by the Samajwadi Jan Parishad. She was to deliver a speech on Communalism and Education. Teesta went on FaceBook live to talk about what was happening. She was released at 7pm - told to leave the city immediately. She agreed to leave for Jaunpur]

 

 

Statement

 

Please read Teesta's memoir, published earlier this year.

Teesta's book

 

 

The Revolution of Ordinary People: Russia, 1917

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 07/30/2017 - 18:11
Moscow, February 1917

 

Lenin did not make the Revolution in 1917. Nor did Stalin. Nor Trotsky. They each provided crucial leadership, with Lenin’s role being essential from April 1917 onwards. But they were part of a tidal wave that had first risen in 1905, crested and then rose again during the Great War. This tidal wave was lifted by ordinary people ? factory workers, landless peasants, housewives, soldiers, students and those who barely found the means to survive. It is they who made the Revolution happen in February ? with the overthrow of the Tsar and Tsarism ? and then again in October ? with the push agai

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

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

Anti-Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:19
Anti-caste, two books

 

<Anti-Caste> Two books from LeftWord Books, both essential.

First, a closely developed study of the 1957 Mudukulathur riots in Tamil Nadu by Professor K. A. Manikumar. Of this book, A.r. Venkatachalapathy says, 'The Mudukulathur Riots stand as a metaphor for caste relations in contemporary Tamil Nadu, by throwing into sharp relief the contradictions between dominant castes and Dalits. Through a dramatic reconstruction of the riots, Manikumar illuminates the dynamics of caste and politics. A must read for anyone interested in the social and political present of Tamil Nadu.' For more on this