Those who think that Babasaheb Ambedkar was against Communism or Marxism are grossly prejudiced. Ambedkar’s relationship with Marxism was enigmatic. He defined himself as a socialist, not a Marxist. But he was impressed by the élan of the Marxist tradition. However, it is also true that he had serio..
The rich and complex history of Islam and the case for its reformist interpretation. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath have focused the world's attention on Islamic fundamentalism. We are being told that what we are witnessing today is a 'clash of civilizations', betwe..
Bhagat Singh spent the last two years of his life in jail, awaiting execution. During this time, he and his comrades fought one of the most celebrated court battles in the annals of national liberation struggles, and used the court as a vehicle for the propagation of their revolutionary message. The..
There's really no escaping it: if you want to understand capitalism, you simply have to read Karl Marx's Capital. But this is easier said than done. Capital is Marx's magnum opus consisting of more than 2,000 pages, over three volumes. It is a masterpiece of analysis, of relentlessly methodical an..
K.A. Manikumar recounts how he researched caste violence in southern Tamil Nadu. In 1957, intense caste violence broke out in south-eastern Tamil Nadu between the regionally dominant caste of Thevars, and Devendrakula Vellalars (Pallars), a Dalit community. The violence was triggered by the legislat..
Essential reading for anyone interested in the Indian Left and its futures. Over the past twenty years, the Indian political climate has shifted decidedly to the Right with the BJP and the Congress dragging India into a growth trajectory that squanders the hopes of working people. The old consensu..
A radically new reading of the origins of recorded music. With a Preface by Naresh Fernandes, author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot. Noise Uprising brings to life the moment and sounds of a cultural revolution. Between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in t..
Two memorable speeches from a master orator who has delivered a number of great speeches. Fidel Castro is one of the keenest observers of the process of globalization in the world. He has been applying his formidable intellectual powers and revolutionary experience in the recent period to analyse th..
Marx and Engels were first drawn into political militancy on issue of the national unification of their native land, Germany, and the creation of a democratic republic there in stead of monarchical autocracy. They had begun studying the colonial question in diverse countries from Ireland to India an..
In 1921, Vladimir Lenin wrote a letter to a comrade, asking him to ensure that Cecilia Bobrovskaya (1873-1960) be provided with housing. “I have known Bobrovskaya since the epoch before 1905,” Lenin wrote, “and know that she is capable of living in great hardship and be reticent about it excessively..
Leading communist intellectuals discuss the achievements and failures of the October Revolution. The first socialist state in history lasted only seventy years. This is a very small period of time in the scope of world history. Its achievements have been pilloried – its demise being the greatest arg..
‘Like the brilliant sun, the October Revolution shone over all five continents, awakening millions of oppressed and exploited people around the world. There has never existed such a revolution of such significance and scale in the history of humanity’. – Hồ Chí Minh From Cuba to Vietnam, from China ..