ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Outstanding Chronicle of the Left in India

The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting the Indian Left by Praful Bidwai, Noida, Uttar Pradesh: HarperCollins, 2015; pp 586, Rs 599.

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, will the Indian left re-emerge from the still-burning embers of its past history—of both heroic struggles and pathetic failures? Will it become a decisive force in today’s Indian politics? These were the queries, which both Praful Bidwai and Achin Vanaik (the inseparable friends), and me, along with a few other companions who occasionally joined them, tried to pursue often, during seminars (which Praful indefatigably organised in Delhi and other places), or over cups of coffee and glasses of drinks at the India International Centre.

Praful left us on 23 June 2015. But we are thankful to him for leaving behind for us this wonderful intellectually stimulating book that traces not only the history of the Indian communist movement, but also suggests an alternative courageous strategy for the left in the coming future.

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