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No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism

 
Vijay Prashad (Author)
Synopsis

Over the past twenty years, the Indian political climate has shifted decidedly to the Right – with the BJP and the Congress dragging India into a growth trajectory that squanders the hopes of working people. The old consensus on Indian socialism is threadbare, and socialist parties in disarray.

The future of Indian communism is rooted in the popular hopes for a better tomorrow and in the popular discontent with the bitter present. No Free Left is a critical examination of the past of Indian Communism and an assessment of its future.

Most literature on Indian communism feels claustrophobic. It assumes that the communist movement lives on a detached landscape – its programme and political judgments are adjudged against a divine standard. A history of communism cannot be written, Gramsci said, without writing a “general history of a country.” Vijay Prashad does exactly that.

'No Free Left stays' alive to the details of the present while drawing out the long term dynamic, combining a rich historical survey with acute political analysis of the present. It is a compelling work for students of Indian politics. For activists of the Left, it is indispensable reading. Above all, it is a live work, an invitation to debate and discussion.

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About the author

Vijay Prashad

Dr. Vijay Prashad is Associate Professor and Director of International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is the author of five books: Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community (Oxford, 1999); Karma of Brown Folk (Minnesota, 2000; chosen as one of the 25 books of the year by the Village Voice); Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity (Beacon, 2001; chosen as one of the 25 best books of the year by the Village Voice); War Against the Planet: The Fifth Afghan War, US Imperialism and Other Assorted Fundamentalisms (Leftword, 2002); Fat Cats and Running Dogs: The Enron Stage of Capitalism (Common Courage, Leftword and Zed Books, 2002)

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Bibliographic information

Title No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism
Author Vijay Prashad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.02.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher LeftWord Books
Language: English
isbn 9789380118260
length 378p., 23cm.