Frontier | Vol. 53, No. 28, Jan 10 – 16, 2021
I met Jan Myrdal for the first time in Delhi in 1980–through my friend Gautam Navlakha (who is now languishing in a jail in Maharashtra) , and the late C V Subba Rao (professor in a Delhi college, who led the civil liberties movement during the 1970-80 years in Delhi ). Both of us at that time were involved in the human rights movement through our organisation PUDR (People’s Union of Democratic Rights). Jan had come to India that year, with his daughter Eva, at the invitation of one of the then CPI (M-L) leader, Chandrapulla Reddy, to visit the villages in parts of Andhra Pradesh, claimed to be ‘liberated’ by the Maoists from the hold of the oppressive landlords. He roamed around those villages, found out for himself the facts, and later wrote the book: ‘India Awaits’ (1984). It exposed to the world the new experiments that were being carried out in the backwaters of India. During his stay in Delhi, we spent evenings having long discussions and debates over the future of the Left movement–usually at Gautam’s place in Greater Kailash.Read More »
2020: Unprecedented Struggles, Renewed Hope for Victories
2020 brought unexpected and unforeseen challenges. It tore away the fantasies of the capitalist regimes who amid the worst global healthcare crisis in history, still put profits over people. People’s movements and socialist governments showed that a different world is possible, and that we must fight for it.Read More »
COMMUNISM AND INDIA
One Hundred Years of Indian Communism
A theoretical analysis of the prevailing situation, from which the proletariat’s relationship with different segments of the bourgeoisie and the peasantry is derived, and with it the Communist Party’s tactics towards other political forces, is central to the Party’s praxis. A study of this praxis over the last one hundred years of the existence of communism in India, though highly instructive, is beyond my scope here. I shall be concerned only with some phases of this long history.Read More »
There is No Shortcut to an Ecosocialist Future
Voting for liberals won’t work. Nor will isolated actions by small groups. Building mass movements is hard work, but it is the only way to win
Winning broad support for a radical challenge to the triple crisis requires patient work.
(Republished, with permission, from Australia’s ecosocialist newspaper, Green Left)
Faced with a global triple crisis — health, economic and climate — it is no wonder most people believe the world is heading in the wrong direction. But who people blame for this situation and their responses have varied.
Socialists believe the capitalist system is at the heart of these crises and that the solution lies in replacing it with a democratic socialist society.Read More »
by David Rovics
“Are you going to write something about this? If you do, I’ll share it.”
This wasn’t exactly a writing assignment, from one of the co-founders of the venerable anarchist newspaper from Detroit, Fifth Estate, but close enough to prompt a travelogue that I’d likely have written anyway…Read More »