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Bose And INA: Rewriting History

by Shamsul Islam

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.39, April 2 – 8, 2017

Subhas Chandra Bose. Source: Internet.

Once a prime national centre of historical research, ICHR has been totally handed over to the RSS pracharaks. It is nobody’s argument that RSS cadres have no right to influence research in Indian history. But as George Orwell in his masterpiece NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (1949) wrote, it should not be left to the whims of a section of the sectarian ruling elite which specializes in daily changing historic records to fit its polarizing propaganda goals of the day. The deliberations at recently concluded 3-day (8-10 February, 2017) national seminar on Subhash Chandra Bose and Indian National Army (INA) organized by ICHR show that even George Orwell and practitioners of post-truth dictum would be embarrassed by reliance on sheer false-hood by the RSS historians and leaders invited for the seminar.Read More »

A Long History Of Western Oppression

by SHANE QUINN

Morning Star | 22 March, 2017

Source: Internet

SOME anniversaries are respectfully observed annually in the West and widely reported by the obedient “free press” — International Holocaust Memorial Day, Victory in Europe Day, Remembrance Day and so on.

Yet the following are anniversaries suitably airbrushed from history books, the media, political rhetoric and polite conversation which serves the requirements of Western power.Read More »

Jose Almudéver, the Last International Brigadier

by Denis Rogatyuk "Despite our coming from different places the camaraderie among all of us was stupendous. We had passionate talks about everything," said Almudéver.

“Despite our coming from different places the camaraderie among all of us was stupendous. We had passionate talks about everything,” said Almudéver. | Photo: Denis Rogatyuk / EFE

Now 97, the anti-fascist veteran looks at the battles he fought during the Spanish Civil War and the global fight against the right wing today.

Born in France of parents from Spain’s Valencia region, José Almudéver, a 97-year-old veteran of the Spanish Republican Army and the International Brigades, has always been a staunch defender of the historic memory of the Spanish Republic that lasted from 1931 to 1939. He has also always been a harsh critic of the 1936 Non-Intervention Pact signed by all major Western European powers with the express goal of preventing military support reaching the contending sides in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

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What the Grenadian Revolution can teach us about people’s power

Pambazuka News | 27 Oct, 2016

 

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With respect to the Grenadian Revolution, authoritarian means could not have given birth to the desired end, namely, the self-emancipation of the people. Effective control, initiative and power must be in the hands of the working-class in order for it to carry out the tasks associated with the development of a socialist society.

The collapse of the Grenadian Revolution on 19 October 1983 [1] should be carefully examined for the lessons that it might offer to organizers in the Caribbean who are currently organizing with the labouring classes. If the working-class shall be the architect of its liberation, the process of revolution-making should enable them to fulfill that role. Fundamental change should not be the outcome of a vanguard force that usurps the initiative of the people. Self-emancipation of the people, as advocated by Walter Rodney and C. L. R. James, is the prudent and humanistic approach to struggle, if “all power to the people” is not simply an exercise in empty sloganeering.Read More »

Chittagong Uprising

By Chaman Lal

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.17, Oct 30 – Nov 5, 2016

 

[ A Teenager’s eye witness account of Chittagong Uprising 1930 : Armed Rebellion and Indian Freedom Struggle ] 

The Last Of The Rebels: Ananda And His Masterda
Bilingual (English and Bengali)
By Piyul Mukherjee and Nivedita Patnaik, Pages 142 (English)+,
Price : Rs. 399, Ed 2016,
Bushfire Publishers,
Mumbai and Kolkata

Chittagong revolt of 1930 has been one of most important revolutionary movements during freedom struggle. It exploded on 18 April 1930 and by 1934 it gave many martyrs for the country, the last one being the leader of the movement Master Surya Sen, who was executed in January 1934. But scores of the revolutionaries lived around and had long lives as the Ghadarite Babas of 1915. Incidentally both got together in Andaman’s and other jails for long incarcerations and both movements survivors joined Communist Party mostly and a few Congress Party, but none joined the so-called ‘nationalist’ RSS!Read More »

Speaking truth to power: The killing of Dag Hammarskjöld and the cover-up

by  Henning Melber and Susan Williams

Pambazuka News22 September, 2016

For decades, the former colonial powers have written the history of the night in which the second UN Secretary-General and his companions died in a plane crash in Zambia. But a new history is about to be written if the recent momentum to find the full truth is anything to go by.

Fifty-five years ago, shortly after midnight on 18 September 1961, an aircraft crashed on its approach to Ndola airport in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia, which is now Zambia. On board were 16 people: the UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, the members of his mission, and the Swedish crew. The sole survivor, who spoke of “sparks in the sky” and said the plane “blew up”, died six days later.

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Exploring Political Ideas of Kabir

by Himanshu Roy

Frontier | Autumn Number, Vol. 48, No. 14 – 17, Oct 11 – Nov 7, 2015

Kabir[1] (15th Century), a contemporary of Sikander Lodi (1489-1517) and a resident of Banaras, was the most radical intellect of his age after Basavanna[2] (12th Century, Karnataka). His works[3] are compiled/referred[4] to in Adi Granth, Panchvani, Sarvangi, Bijak and Granthavali which still imprints the social, academic discourse, folk traditions and radical praxis. He was one of the gurus of Ambedkar on whom, unfortunately, the disciple did not write much[5].Read More »

How the Soviet Collapse Enriched a Few and Destroyed Millions

Telesur | 06 September, 2016

To mark the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, teleSUR looks at how the biggest selloff in human history destroyed the lives of millions.

Historians and economists on the left and right might argue over whether the Soviet Union’s state-controlled economy was better for its nearly 300 million citizens, but the facts cannot be denied: “shock” therapy, designed with close guidance by Western economists, allowed a few oligarchs to buy off the bloc’s wealth for cheap as hundreds of millions suffered from economic depression along with the kind of extreme inequality that continues to this day.Read More »

Finding meaning in a commemoration

Granma | 27 July, 2016

Photo: Internet

One of the most infamous pages of history, the slavery to which women, men and children from the African continent were subjected for centuries, only ended in Cuba in 1886, long after the majority of territories of the Western Hemisphere.

While on February 13, 1880, the Spanish Crown decreed a law proclaiming “the cessation of the state of slavery on the island of Cuba,” slaveholders continued the exploitation citing Article 3 of a document establishing the right of patrons “to make use of the work of those under their patronage.” Euphemistic legalese which concealed the continuation of a brutal regime of exploitation.

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