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First Praful Bidwai Memorial Award Goes to People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI)

New Delhi, June 23: The first Praful Bidwai Memorial Award has gone to the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), which was set up in 2014 by noted Mumbai-based journalist and commentator, Palagummi Sainath.

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Invitation to Praful Bidwai Memorial Award - 23 June 2016, New Delhi

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The First Praful Bidwai Memorial Award ceremony is planned for June 23, 2016

New Delhi, June 8: The Praful Bidwai Memorial Award has been set up to commemorate the life and work of one of India’s most outstanding journalists as well as accomplished author, committed activist and public intellectual, so that his legacy would inspire others.

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Announcing the imminent arrival of a compilation of articles by Praful Bidwai on Nuclear Matters

A collection of articles written by Praful Bidwai between the early 1980s upto 2014 on military and civil nuclear matters is being published in a book form by Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) and will be available very soon.

here is the book cover

Sumanta Banerjee's review of The Phoenix Moment in Economic and Political Weekly

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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Can the Indian Left seize its Phoenix Moment? - A book review by G. Sampath

Divided into eight chapters and spanning 500-odd pages buttressed by voluminous endnotes The Phoenix Moment begins with the founding of the Communist Party of India in 1925 . . . Now, after almost a century of training itself not to think, and not to venture beyond narrow Parliamentary politics, can the Left undertake a bold and honest introspection with a potential for radical course correction?

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Reinventing The Indian Left: A Review Of 'The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting the Indian Left’ By Praful Bidwai (Satya Sagar) | countercurrents.org, 28 Feb 2016

‘The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting the Indian Left’, written by the well-known journalist Praful Bidwai, is a fascinatingly detailed study of why the Indian Left both rose to dizzying heights in the past and crashed ignominiously in recent times. The last book he wrote before his untimely demise last year, it is brutally honest, meticulously researched and bitingly critical. It is also impressively broad in scope, analyzing the Left from not just the usual parameters of redistribution of wealth, public welfare and workers’ rights but also ecology, gender and caste.

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Book Review: Is Left finally moving to the centre? (Shikha Mukerjee) | Asian Age, 28 Feb 2016

When business is as usual, the dilemma of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and, by extension, of the parliamentary political parties that can broadly be categorised as the Left is to find a comprehensive resolution that captures the theory as well as the practice of doing the impossible — finding a way of straddling electoral politics with its continuous compromises and the ideology of an emancipating revolution.

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Book review: The Last Word (Tanika Sarkar) | The Indian Express, 16 January 2016

The first half covers colonial and immediate post-colonial times, and the second explores Kerala and West Bengal, both ruled by the Left for long stretches of time.

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Book Review: So, What is Left? (Zia Haq) | Hindustan Times, 2 Jan 2016

Praful Bidwai’s posthumous book is a rich intellectual history of the Left, its contemporary fate and how it can fight back a neoliberal onslaught

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Remembering Praful Bidwai on Human Rights Day - Video recording from a public discussion on 10 Dec 2015 in Bangalore

Video of Human Rights Day-Praful Bidwai book release and discussion in Bangalore at Aruppe Hall at St Joseph's college on 10 December 2015. The meeting was chaired by Cynthia Stephen and the panelists were Professor Lawrence Surendra, Dept of Economics, University of Mysore, Professor Sowmya Uma, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, National Law School of India University, Professor Suvrat Raju, Tata Instt of Fundamental Research, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader G.N. Nagaraj.

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Book Review: Behind the Left’s decline (Roshan Kishore)

Praful Bidwai’s book, The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting the Indian Left provides a comprehensive political history of the Indian Left

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Book Review: Saving What’s Left (Ajith Pillai)

While Praful Bidwai’s critique of the Left is sympathetic at one level, it doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to addressing flaws that have dogged the communist movement in India

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Book Review: How the Left was lost (Archis Mohan)

In this book, published posthumously, author pulls no punches in detailing the reasons for the "terminal decline" of the Left movement in India

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Invitation to the Launch of Praful Bidwai's book 'Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting The Indian Left' (8 Nov 2015 @ IIC, New Delhi)

Invitation to Delhi Book Release for Pheonix Moment

Editors of Historical Materialism remember Praful Bidwai as an engaged open-minded intellectual

(Text of Email Message dated 11 July 2015)

The editors of Historical Materialism were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Praful Bidwai. Praful was a keynote speaker at the HM Delhi conference and we were extremely pleased to have such an engaged, critical and open-minded intellectual involved with our event and our project of reinvigorating Marxist debate.

Praful will be missed by everyone committed to socialism, workers' rights and environmental justice. We share the grief of those who worked closely with him for an outstanding comrade.

Steve Edwards

For the editors of Historical Materialism http://www.historicalmaterialism.org

Some photos from the memorial meeting for Praful Bidwai in New Delhi on 8 July 2015

The below photos were taken by Mukul Dube

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Remembering Praful

I remember Praful from his pre-journalist days - the IIT days, the Magowa days - days when we were closest. This is a Praful who is not very well known and today I would like to speak about him.

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Praful was India’s best and bravest journalist from the left

Praful was an extraordinary human being, always deeply committed politically, starting with his days as a student at Bombay I.I.T. and also the least dogmatic and sectarian left-winger that either of us ever knew. He embodied the vision of an essentially modern Left, the Left as a secular, rationalist force, a champion of democracy in the modern world, and as opposed to the authoritarianism and repressiveness of ostensibly “leftwing” regimes as to capitalism’s wide-ranging subjugation of humanity and of nature. As someone who was thoroughly cosmopolitan and internationalist in his outlook, Praful was repelled by the espousal of nationalisms across the political spectrum.

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Announced: A memorial meeting for the journalist, Praful Bidwai (at IIC, New Delhi - July 8, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m)

Remembering Praful

a memorial meeting for the journalist, Praful Bidwai

• Reminiscences • Tributes • Music

Date and Time: July 8, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Venue: Multipurpose Hall Kamaladevi Block India International Centre 40 Max Mueller Marg New Delhi-110003

--Friends of Praful Bidwai

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