A year ago, Fidel Castro departed the world after a career of building socialism and being a sentinel against capitalism.
On April 17, 1961, the United States government tried to overthrow the socialist government in Cuba. The CIA-backed force landed on the Bay of Pigs but were defeated by the will of the Cuban people. This was the first of many attempts to overthrow the Cuban government - and to assassinate Castro (600 attempts!).
In Delhi, as news came in
[On November 10, the cow fascists - the Gaurakshaks - struck again. They killed a poor dairy farmer in Alwar. The All-India Kisan Sabha, the communist farmers organisation, sent a delegation to meet his family and other concerned parties in Alwar. Two Newsclick videos go with this report - one from Alwar itself, which you can watch here, and another on a protest against the lynching, which you can watch here. Highly recommend this excellent analysis of the operation of the cow fascists by Archana Prasad, which you can read here - while you are at it, please have a look at Archana's
A terrible gloom has settled over India.
Another person to stand up firmly against the venomous Hindutva - Gauri Lankesh - taken from our side of the ledger. These are vicious times, the count of those dead from Comrade Pansare (killed by 'unidentified assailants') to Pehlu Khan (killed by the cow fascists) to the lynching of Baban Musahar and Murahu Musahar in Bihar's Rohtas district (killed by anti-dalit mob violence).
What are these times, these times of great violence and pain?
Will these also be the times when people rise up and disobey fascism, overthrow the fascists?
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