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A Tale of Insurgency and Counter-insurgency

Footprints of Foot Soldiers: Experiences and Recollections of the Naxalite Movement in Eastern India 1960's and 70's by Abhijit Das, Kolkata: Setu Prakashani, 2015; pp 303, Rs 550.

Chittaprosad (1915-78)

The birth centenary of Chittaprosad, the radical artist from Bengal, was last year. Born in 1915 at Naihati in present-day North 24 Parganas District, West Bengal, Chittaprosad settled in Chattagram, now in Bangladesh. He developed a great reverence for the heroes and heroines of the Chattagram...

Appropriating Ambedkar

On the occasion of the centenary celebration of B R Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, the eminent scholar of jurisprudence, Upendra Baxi, had warned us: “Centenary celebrations are organised political events having distinctive ideologies of recall and distinctive modes of appropriating a historical...

On the Kamduni Verdict

On 7 June 2013, a 20-year-old second-year BA student, while returning home from the college, was dragged to an abandoned factory, gang-raped and killed at Kamduni, a village in North 24-Parganas District in West Bengal. After a struggle for two years and eight months by the victim’s family, a...

On CPI(M) Politics

The Party Plenum of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] held in Kolkata at the end of December 2015 gives an idea of the recent trajectory of its politics. On the eve of the plenum, the party organised a big public rally. The party leaders strongly criticised the Trinamool Congress (TMC...

Bijon Bhattacharya and His Theatre

The year 2015 marks the birth centenary of Bijon Bhattacharya, the radical playwright and actor from Bengal. He was born in Faridpur District of eastern Bengal, now in Bangladesh. He came to Kolkata in 1930, got involved in the Civil Disobedience Movement led by Gandhi, and discontinued his studies...

Bihar Shows the Way

The landslide victory of the Lalu Prasad Yadav–Nitish Kumar coalition in the assembly elections in Bihar has posed a big challenge to the Narendra Modi–Amit Shah brand of politics of monolithic Hinduism. It is significant that this happened in a state which is “backward” in terms of mainstream...

Beyond Europe

While revisiting the large-scale refugee crisis in Europe, the EPW editorial “Refugees in Europe” (26 September 2015) rightly reminded us that the postcolonial states should “face their own history of tyranny and oppression.” The recent research-based study , Rohingyas in India: Birth of a...

Spectre of Emergency

The spectre of Emergency has returned to public memory thanks to renewed writings and reminiscences in our media on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the event. The stories being recounted highlight the fact that the Emergency was not a “state of exception,” but an event which can recur in...

Deconstructing Bengali Marxism

Bengal Marxism: Early Discourses and Debates by Anuradha Roy, Samya: Kolkata, 2014; pp xii +216, Rs 600.

Development and Violence

This is with reference to the EPW editorial “Salwa Judum, Version 2.0?” (16 May 2015). It bears testimony to developmental violence in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The relaunching of the state-sponsored movement , jan jagaran abhiyan , to fight Maoists under the leadership of Chhavindra Karma...

The Other Side of the Moon

In his personal tribute to Tapan Raychaudhuri (EPW, 21 March 2015), Gyanendra Pandey opines that Raychaudhuri “will be remembered for his extraordinarily wide-ranging contributions to the writing and study of Indian history.” He also appreciated Tapan Raychaudhuri “for his qualities as a warm, fun-...

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