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 »
by SHANE QUINN
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 »
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,
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 »
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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by Himanshu Roy
Frontier | Autumn Number, Vol. 48, No. 14 – 17, Oct 11 – Nov 7, 2015
Kabir (15th Century), a contemporary of Sikander Lodi (1489-1517) and a resident of Banaras, was the most radical intellect of his age after Basavanna (12th Century, Karnataka). His works are compiled/referred 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.Read More »
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 »