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Articulating the Past at a Moment of Danger: Remarks at the Book Launch of 'India after Naxalbari'

This is the full text of the remarks made by the author at the book launch of India after Naxalbari: Unfinished History (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2018, republished in India by Aakar Books, Delhi), organised at the Mumbai Press Club on 18 September 2018.

Fidel and Cuba

My Lal Salaam to a real colossus of 20th-century rebellion against US imperialism.  

1966, 1917, and 1818

"Let a hundred flowers bloom," "Let a hundred schools of thought contend"--these might be the best ways to approach the anniversary of the Cultural Revolution and the forthcoming commemorations of the Russian Revolution and 200 years since the birth of Karl Marx.

Learning and Self-Criticism

With reference to my review of Manoranjan Mohanty’s book Red and Green: Five Decades of the Indian Maoist Movement (EPW, 29 August 2015), I must apologise to readers for not even mentioning Suniti Kumar Ghosh’s Naxalbari Before and After: Reminiscences and Appraisal (K

Maoist 'Revolutionary Violence' in India

Red and Green: Five Decades of the Indian Maoist Movement by Manoranjan Mohanty, Kolkata: Setu Prakashani, 2015; pp xviii + 512, Rs 950.

P A Sebastian (1938-2015)

A tribute to P A Sebastian, the indefatigable lawyer-crusader for democratic rights, who organised and established the phenomenon of "people's tribunals" in India.

Unending Hard Times

The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China by John Bellamy Foster and Robert W McChesney, New York: Monthly Review Press; published in India by Cornerstone Publications, Kharagpur, 2013; pp x + 227, Rs 150.

So Sharply Delineated

Calcutta Diary by Ashok Mitra (Kolkata: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta; first published in 1977 by Frank Cass, London), 2014; pp xxvii + 300, Rs 395.

Where Is the Magazine?

Following the ascendancy of Hindutvavadi nationalism over its "secular" counterpart, and a majority, Modi-led government in power at the centre, semi-fascism is in the making in a milieu characterised by monstrous class polarisation, a sub-imperialist tendency of the oligopolistic business stratum/Indian state, rotten liberal-political democracy and widespread "Syndicated Hindu" religiosity. What is this semi-fascism? How may the Left resist it? What may the anti-semi-fascist magazine be comprised of?

From the Pen of the Resistance

Letters from Lalgarh by the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities, edited and translated by Sanhati (Kolkata: Setu Prakashani in collaboration with, 2013; pp 182, Rs 70.

Great Turmoil, Considerable Possibilities

Is the Torch Passing? Resistance and Revolution in China and India by Robert Weil (Kolkata: Setu Prakashani), 2013; pp 336, Rs 395.

'The Near and the Far'

The roots of the rottenness of India's liberal-political democratic order are unearthed in the process of capitalist development since 1793. The latter has essentially been a conservative modernisation from above which has failed to complete the tasks of the "bourgeois-democratic revolution". Moreover, the caste system and discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, nationality and religion have inhibited any stable, long-lasting unity of the oppressed and the exploited aimed at progressive modernisation from below.


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