Remembering Vaskar Nandy

by A B

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.51, June 24 – 30, 2018

A meeting to commemorate the memory of Vaskar Nandy, the deceased CPI(M-L) leader (1939-2018) who breathed his last on 4 May after a long struggle with the fatal cancer disease, was held on 11 June at Moulali Yuva Kendra, Kolkata. The meeting was presided over by Subhas Deb, and the proceedings were conducted by Sailen Bhattacharya. Both of them were political colleagues of Vaskar Nandy. The meeting was fairly well attended, and besides representatives of various organisations, quite a number of political activists, intellectuals, cultural workers etc came to pay tribute to Vaskar Nandy. Those who spoke included Arup Vaishya, Ashim Chatterjee, Aloke Mukherjee, Kartik Pal, Pradip Singh Thakur, Sushanta Jha, Samudra Datta, Sailen Misra and several other persons, including a young student organiser. Wreaths were placed on Vaskar Nandy’s photograph by many persons, including the editor of Frontier. His last piece of writing, along with an obituary, was circulated in limited number in the form of a pamphlet by the monthly Purbasha Ekhan. The audience was enchanted with songs by Pritthi Ranjan Dasgupta and Lalan, a cultural group.Read More »

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Remembering George Fernandes As He Was, Before He Lost Himself

by Nitya Ramakrishnan

The Wire | June 04, 2018

Remembering George Fernandes As He Was, Before He Lost Himself

George Fernandes. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

This personal tribute was written for a souvenir brought out by the Hind Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat (HMKP) to mark George Fernandes’s 88th birthday, June 3, and is republished here with their permission.

George Fernandes first entered my life when I was six or seven years old, as a cause of envy. For, when he once came to Delhi, my father took my brother Niranjan to see him, leaving me behind. His signature scripted in Devanagari in my brother’s autograph book was a daily reminder of the exclusion. But I  did come to know George eventually, a privilege that I owe to my father K.G. Ramakrishnan, a lifelong socialist who had participated in the 1942 Quit India movement.Read More »

Ritwik Ghatak’s Lesser Known Prowess of Writing Plays

by Sudhanva Deshpande

The Wire| June 04, 2018

Ritwik Ghatak's Lesser Known Prowess of Writing Plays

Ritwik Ghatak began with theatre, and dabbled in it occasionally even after earning repute as a filmmaker. Credit: Facebook/Cinema mon amour

Picture this. It is 1942–43. The streets of Calcutta are full of hungry and dying people. They are the victims of the great Bengal famine, a result of colonial policy, not drought. A young journalist, Bijon Bhattacharya, walks to work and back, his eyes firmly to the ground right in front of him. He can’t bear to look up, left or right. There are living skeletons all around. It is hard to make out the living from the dead.Read More »

ARCHIVES: In honorable remembrance of Patrice Lumumba

The Last Letter of Patrice Lumumba
FIRST PUBLISHED ON 28 APR 2011 • REPUBLISHED 27 MAY 2018

NOTE: Patrice Émery Lumumba (2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961) was a Congolese independence leader and the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo after he helped win its independence from Belgium in June 1960. Only ten weeks later, Lumumba’s government was deposed in a coup during the Congo Crisis.[1] He was subsequently imprisoned and murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States. Lumumba was barely 35 years old. [2][3] Source: WIKIFILE 

NOW THAT MILLIONS OF CLUELESS DEMOCRATS ARE HAPPILY COLLABORATING WITH THE CIA —OF ALL ENTITIES—TO FULFILL THEIR OBSESSION TO GET RID OF TRUMP,  IT’S WORTH RECALLING WHAT THE CIA DOES IN THIS WORLD.

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Ashok Mitra: ‘End of a Long Journey’

by Anirban Biswas

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.45, May 13 – 19, 2018

Ashok Mitra, the economist, politician and writer, passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata, 2018 at the age of 90. To the common public, he is chiefly known as the controversial former finance minister of West Bengal, but a proper appraisement of his career must take into account much more. He did a doctoral thesis from the Netherlands Institute, taught at Delhi School of Economics, University of Lucknow, IIM Calcutta and ISI Calcutta, besides having short stints at some other universities in India and abroad. As a regular writer of the weekly NOW, edited by Samar Sen—he was a lifelong admirer of Samar Sen—he became known as a leftist intellectual.Read More »

Ashok Mitra: Railing Against the Times, But Very Much a Part of Them

Revisiting a review written for ‘Frontline’ magazine of the English version of Ashok Mitra’s Bengali memoirs, ‘Apila Chapila’, published in 2007. Mitra passed away in Kolkata on Tuesday.

by Jayati Ghosh

The Wire | May 01, 2018

 Ashok Mitra: Railing Against the Times, But Very Much a Part of Them

Ashok Mitra. Credit: CMO Kerala Twitter

It is difficult to write about those whom you love. Curiously enough, the difficulty is not only because of the fear of excessive partiality: it is also because love brings with it the freedom to be exasperated. And intimacy creates very complex and textured perceptions, often too nuanced to be easily captured in mere words.

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