Overview for Selected Works of M.N. Roy (Volume II): 1923-1927
M.N. Roy was an outstanding intellectual-activist of the first half of the twentieth century.Â He had few peers in the diversity and richness of his revolutionary experience.Â He took an active and leading part in revolutionary movements in India, Mexico, the Soviet Union, and China.Â Roy was a political contemporary and colleague of stalwarts like Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Bukharin, Zinoviev, and Borodin.Â The vicissitudes of Roy's life were indeed extraordinary.Â At the same time, he was a penetrating and prolific writer, whose works run to over a hundred times.Â His writings are indicative of his extraordinary analytical ability and the transcontinental sweep of his vision.Â Volume II of the Selected Works presents a selection of his principal writings between 1923 and 1927.Â Many of these writings have not been available in print for a very long time as they were proscribed by the government immediately on publication.Â The volume includes the complete texts of the famous Political Letters and Future of Indian Politics, the Open Letter to J.R. MacDonald, his speeches at the Fifth Congress at the Comintern, a selection of his articles in The Vanguard, The Masses, Inprecor, and The Communist International, and his major speeches in China, where he was sent as Chief Comintern Delegate in 1927.Â By 1926, Roy was at the height of his Comintern career - a member of its Executive Committee and Presidium, its Secretariat and Orgburo and Joint Secretary of the Chinese Commission.
Sibnarayan Ray (Author)
Professor Sibnarayan Ray was a close associate of M. N. Roy during the last eight years of the latter's life. He was Chairman of the Department of Indian Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia, for nearly twenty years. Also Professor at the Universities of Bombay and California (Santa Barbara): Director of Rabindra Bhavana, Visva Bharati University; Research Fellow at the Universities of London and Chicago; and visiting lecturer at Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, and various other Universities in Europe, the United States, Australia and Asia. He gave the main address at the Third World Congress of Humanists at the University of Oslo, Norway, and was a member of the Executive and Board of Directors of International Humanist and Ethical Union, Holland; Chaired the First International Congress on Modernisatior. In Asia at the Korea University, Seoul; was Director of the international Seminar on EI Papel de la Inteligencia eu las Sociedades Asiatican Contempraneas at the University of Mexico. Author of about forty books in English and Bengali; be has been editing a Bengali quarterly of ideas and unquiry (Jijnasa) for the last eighteen years. He has been recently honoured with an Emeritus Fellowship in Literature. Besides writing a number of books in English and Bengali, he is engaged in editing the Selected Works of M. N. Roy, four volumes of which have already been published.