ARCHITECT OF 1917 RUSSIAN REVOLUTION HAS HIS LEGACY INTACT
Published 22-04-2020 10:13 GMT-0000
The world is passing through a very difficult period, a period it ever witnessed in last ten decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has put human life before a life and death question. Starting from China, the said virus had already engulfed the entire globe, and that also without any form of racial, national, religious or class discrimination. The ruling circles of different countries have experienced that the present system of neo-liberal capitalism has failed to rise to this crisis-ridden occasion and thereby has exposed its historical limitations. So, when people world over are struggling for their health, job and livelihood, searching for new world free from the present pandemic, we are observing the 150th birth anniversary of Comrade Lenin.
POST-COVID WORLD NEEDS A NEW SOCIAL ORDER
Published 22-04-2020 10:10 GMT-0000
22 April 2020 is not just a date in calendar. It marks the 150th birth anniversary of V I Lenin. He was one of the greatest theoreticians after Karl Marx. He was an excellent strategist and tactician who led first socialist revolution in 1917 in Russia which is noted as Great October Socialist Revolution. He was the head of the first Socialist Country and founder of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM HAS BECOME MORE URGENT
Published 21-04-2020 12:01 GMT-0000
April 22, 2020, marks the 150th birth anniversary of the greatest revolutionary figure of the twentieth century, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. After Marx and Engels, Lenin made the biggest contribution to the theory and practice of Marxism. Lenin’s groundbreaking theoretical advances, such as his analysis of imperialism, set the stage for the world’s first socialist revolution in Russia in October 1917. Lenin created a revolutionary strategy that encompassed the industrial proletariat and the peoples of the colonies and oppressed countries. Another aspect of this strategy was the concept of worker- peasant unity. In the sphere of revolutionary practice, Lenin pioneered the role of a revolutionary party organisation as the vanguard of the working class.
CAN HUMANS BE HUMANE WHEN CRISIS STARES US IN THE FACE?
Published 31-03-2020 10:08 GMT-0000
Introductory note: The capitalist economy has produced a type of human being who, in moments of crisis such as these times impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), is capable of buying everything, leaving others who need the same items with nothing. —Dagoberto Gutiérrez
FORMER PM MADE INDO-US NUCLEAR DEAL HAPPEN DESPITE MASSIVE ODDS
Published 22-02-2020 14:38 GMT-0000
Manmohan Singh’s biography by former Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia reveals many facets of the former Prime Minister’s personality and landmark decisions taken during his ten-year rule. One of the most significant achievements of former PM was the conclusion of the Indo-US nuclear agreement. Manmohan Singh rightly believed that the non-proliferation regime had imposed a ‘nuclear apartheid’ on India and it would be a major long-term gain for ‘our economy’ if we could get these restriction lifted.
‘THEME IS UNIVERSAL’, SAYS DIRECTOR BONG JOON-HO
Published 19-02-2020 12:04 GMT-0000
In 2019, the euphorically intoned question on everyone’s lips that defined the tiny world of cinematography was: Have you seen Parasite yet?
A METHOD IN MISUNDERSTANDING THE GREAT POET
Published 12-02-2020 11:30 GMT-0000
Faiz Ahmad Faiz came alive when his famous poem Hum Dekhenge was recently termed as anti-Hindu. There were explanatory write-ups and discourses about why and how it is not. In the process, what has gone unnoticed is a method in misunderstanding Faiz. If we are forced to misunderstand Faiz, then serious questions arise. Who does it and why? Misunderstanding Faiz puts a question mark on the Sense of Poetry, which India boasts of. If we fail to appreciate the poetic genuius of Faiz, then really something is wrong with us and also in question is the time=frame in which we are living.
THE HOLLYWOOD ICON NURTURED MANY PROGRESSIVE CAUSES
Published 10-02-2020 10:50 GMT-0000
Kirk Douglas was Spartacus, the doomed slave who rebelled against the repressive Roman Empire. He was Colonel Dax, the soldier-lawyer who defends three sacrificial French troops who refuse a WWI suicide mission in Paths of Glory. He was painter and social activist Vincent Van Gogh who took up the cause of the poor and downtrodden in Lust for Life. Kirk Douglas died on February 5 at the age of 103.
LEFT ICON CRITICISES MODI GOVERNMENT’S TREATMENT OF KASHMIR
Published 08-02-2020 17:05 GMT-0000
In parts of the Arab world and India, interestingly, poetry is witnessing “a huge revival. At the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, students took to platform and sang Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Hum Dekhenge; the same happened in the Jamia Millia University”, said Tariq Ali, now editor of the pro-Trotskyist magazine New Left Review, in his keynote speech on the second day of Lahore Biennale-02 at the National College of Arts. One of the prodigal sons of Lahore, Ali sees in poetry the birth of a new internationalism, no matter “whether that poetry was sung by great stars or not”. The day the US started bombing Iraq, he remembered, he was with the great Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef, who had written a new poem the week before. The poet, Ali recalled, was in Baghdad and corresponded with fellow Iraqi poet-in-exile in Damascus Mudhaffar Al-Nawab addressing him in the poem, ‘What are we going to do, O Mudhaffar Al-Nawab?’ The poem was titled The Jackals’ Wedding. In Iraqi tradition, a jackal’s wedding has a different – and an unpleasant – connotation to the one it has in South Asian culture.
UNITED NATIONS VOWS TO ERADICATE THE HEINOUS PRACTICE BY 2030
Published 07-02-2020 15:52 GMT-0000
Since 2012, February 6 is marked as a day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The aim is to amplify and direct attention towards the ongoing efforts to eliminate this practice.