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Bangalore Dates: LeftWord Tour of 2017

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:01
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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 Afghanist

Trump, Turkey, Nakba

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:46
 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived to protests outside the Turkish embassy in DC.

 

Dear Friends,

Today, in Washington, DC, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 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. Erdoğan'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 Erdoğan's arrival in Washington. The report covers the Turkish purges and the war in Tu

LeftWord Tour of 2017

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:25
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

May Day at May Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 23:03
Our volunteers at May Day Bookstore & Cafe.

Go take a visit to the LeftWord Books blog, where you can find videos and pictures about the fifth anniversary of our May Day gatherings at this Shadipur haven.

There is also a lovely short arts segment on NDTV about this May Day fiesta, which you should, should watch.

Lenin's statement about May Day stays with us: 'The mass participation of the workers in the strike, the huge mass meetings in the streets, the unfurling of Red flags, the presentation of demands indicated in leaflets and the revolutionary character of these demands - Eight-Hour Day and Political Liberty'.

Although, in our ti

Anti-Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:19

 

Ant-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

Comrade Lenin Vijay Prashad Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:57

 

Back in the U.S.S.R.

 

<Comrade Lenin> On his birthday today, during this centennial of the October Revolution, we - at LeftWord Books - can't wait to offer a volume of his 1917 writings edited by Prakash Karat. For now, happy birthday comrade!

 

Palestinian Prisoners' Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 18:52

Rehearsing Freedom: The Story of a Theatre in Palestine

 

<Palestine> Today is Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Across Israel's gulag, Palestinian prisoners have begun a hunger strike. Every political party - from the Palestinian People's Party (the former Communist Party) to Hamas - are behind the strike. The strike is known as Freedom and Dignity, touchstones of the human imagination.

The Prisoners' demands are:

1. Install a public telephone for Palestinian detainees in all prisons and sections in order to communicate with their families.

2. Visits:

• Resume the second monthly visits for Palestinian prisoners that were halted by the Internation

Comrade Dasarath Deb

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 17:36

Dasarath Deb

 

<Left Books> Editing the annals of the story of the Left's emergence in Tripura, through the Janasiksha Samiti and other mass activities, as written by one of its leaders - Dasarath Deb later of the CPIM and of course Chief Minister of Tripura. This is Communist history at its best - a deep love for the people, a searching eye for the lineaments of oppression, an honest assessment of the successes and failures of the struggle. The two short books, which we at LeftWord Books will produce as one volume, have been ably translated by Saqib Khan and will be introduced by Professor Mahadev Chak

Communists Against Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 14:25

 Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar delivering a speech to a rally at Yeola, Nashik, on 13 October 1935

 

<Ambedkar Jayanti> From LeftWord Books comes a short note on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar - as well as brief comments on our forthcoming book by him, India and Communism, with an introduction by Anand Teltumbde, as well as on the new website, Communists Against Caste (whose Facebook page is at Communists Against Caste): http://mayday.leftword.com/blog/dr-ambedkar-and-communism/.

The point of Dr. Ambedkar’s movement – as he said in 1927 during the Mahad Satyagraha – was to fight to ensure that our society ‘treats human beings like human beings’. It should be a basic standard, but - sadly and outrag

Sainath!

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 05:53

 

Vijay Prashad with P. Sainath

 

Dear Friends,

A special offering: a report on a walk through Bombay's journalism history with P. Sainath. During our LeftWord Books Bombay tour, our team (Sudhanva Deshpande, Suvendu Mallick and I) encouraged Sainath - one of India's finest reporters - to give us a tour of his Blitz Days. He agreed.

We began at Kitab Khana, one of Bombay's fine bookstores and ended at the office of the People's Archive of Rural India. It was a magical trip.

I've heard these Blitz stories for years, but never thought to write them down. So this time, with the benefit of having gone to the old Blitz buil