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Book review: The Last Word (Tanika Sarkar)

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

Bengal local poll results don’t bode well for the BJP, Left

The Trinamool Congress has pulled off a massive victory in West Bengal’s municipal elections by winning 71 of 92 civic bodies (up from 38 won in 2010). Its Kolkata win was even more crushing: 114 of 144 wards (95 in 2010). The entire opposition accuses TMC of rigging the elections—a charge that carries some credibility given the scale of TMC’s victory, huge winning margins of some candidates (e.g. 15,000-30,000 votes), and the party’s known reliance on muscle-power.

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Kejriwal’s winner-takes-all intolerance bodes ill for AAP

. . . there’s no long-term future for AAP unless it democratises itself and broadens its horizons beyond winning elections.

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Four years after Fukushima, India is flogging a nuclear dead horse

It’s a telling comment on the state of the Indian media that most of it blacked out the fourth anniversary of the still-continuing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, which fell on March 11. The same media reported breathlessly on the Indian government’s plans to triple domestic nuclear power-generation capacity by 2020-21, and on the “breakthrough” achieved on the nuclear liability issue during Barack Obama’s recent visit to India.

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Of Rape, Censorship & National Honour: Mera Bharat Mahan!

If the Indian government wanted to become the laughing stock of the world, it couldn’t have done so more instantly and effectively than by banning the BBC documentary India’s Daughter on Delhi’s December 2012 gang-rape. Not only was the film watched by millions the world over; it became a cause celebre for feminists, defenders of free expression and even progressive Hollywood actors.

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Aam Aadmi’s Self-Inflicted Wounds: Kejriwal must show vision

It may appear to be an unfortunate coincidence to many that serious dissension should break out in India’s political wunderkind, the Aam Aadmi Party, within a few weeks of its spectacular victory in the Delhi Assembly elections, which stopped the Narendra Modi juggernaut.

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'आप' की जीत से मजबूत होंगे वामदल?

ऐसा 25 साल में दूसरी बार हुआ जब एक उभरती हुई राजनीतिक शक्ति ने भारतीय जनता पार्टी का बढ़ता रथ रोका है.

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Beyond Congress’s Leadership Failure: An existential crisis

It’s a telling comment on the state of the Indian National Congress that a four-member committee it appointed four months ago to devise a strategy to rejuvenate the party and fight the Modi government has turned out a non-starter.

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Attacks on activists speak of pathological intolerance

t’s not easy being a public-spirited activist in India these days. If you’re a right-to-information campaigner, you run the risk of being physically eliminated, as has happened to more than 20 activists in recent years. If you’re a conscientious whistleblower, you could be victimised—like AIIMS vigilance officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi—or murdered, like Shanmugam Manjunath.

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