Pragoti Team

I am accused of romanticizing the working class: Anand Patwardhan

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 Anand Patwardhan's documentary film "War and Peace (Jung aur Aman)" was screened at IIT Bombay on 30th August 2009. During and after the discussion session of the documentary film, our editorial team member Anirban Ghatak took a short interview of Anand. Anand answered the questions with equal determination and conviction which we are pretty used to see in his films. Here we present the interview. 

Remembering Comrade Hena Das

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Comrade Hena Das, a legendary leader of the women’s movement, peasant's movement, the Bangladesh liberation war and Central Committee Member of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), died on Monday July 21st, 2009, Monday at the age of 85 after prolonged illness. Pragoti joins many others in the Left Democratic movement in saluting and remembering this courageous fighter and comrade whose life of activism informed by Marxist Feminist praxis was a living example of the inter-connectedness of the collective struggles of different sections of the oppressed towards the goal of universal emancipation from exploitation. 

Pragoti welcomes the Delhi High Court Judgement on Gay Rights

The recent Delhi High Court judgement decriminalizing homosexuality is a significant step in the long march towards justice and equality. Pragoti commemorates this event by reproducing for its readership a Marxist account of the relationships between communist politics and gay politics in the course of the twentieth century.

The Truth About Swine Flu

Picture of a large pig farm in Mexico before the swine flu crisis.

Swine Flu, or more precisely H1N1 Influenza virus, has suddenly become a global health hazard. Pragoti brings to its readers a post explaining the political economy of this (almost) pandemic and encourages you to sign a petition to bring the guilty to book.  

Lenin's April Theses

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April 22 is the anniversary of Lenin's birth. Revolutionaries all over the world remember one of the greatest among them on this day. But for communists, remembering birthdates is not about fetishising personalities but rather about engaging with their ideas and keeping alive the memory of their contributions (which the bourgeois media and writers would rather obliterate and caricature). It is in this tradition that Pragoti brings to its readers one of Lenin's most significant writings: The April Theses

Remembering the first Intifada of Palestine (1987)

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On 8th December 1987, an Israeli army vehicle ran over a group of Palestinian protestors at the Jabalya Refugee camp in the Gaza Strip killing four and injuring seven. This incident was the proverbial last straw on the camel's back and led to mass outpourings of anger on the streets of Palestine the very next day. Today, 9th December, 2008 is the 21st anniversary of the Intifada or mass rebellion of the Palestinians against Israeli occupation and oppression.

Remembering Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), Germany, 9 November 1938

Jews being arrested during Kristallnacht, 9 November 1938

09 November 2008 is the 70th anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht. In one night of terror, the Nazi State of Germany ordered the deliberate and systematic destruction of Jewish properties, Synagogues and homes, the arrest of thousands of Jews and the removal of Jews from jobs and businesses.

Pragoti brings to its readers a collection of articles to remember that terrible night.

Columbus Day or "The only good Indian is a dead Indian"

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21 October is observed as "Columbus Day" in many parts of the United States and other countries of the Western Hemisphere. It marks the day when Chirstopher Columbus "discovered" the American continent. Many countries and progressive movements have opposed this exaltation of Columbus and pointed out that his "discovery" led to the colonisation of the Americas and the massacre of almost 95 per cent of the indigenous populations of that large continent.

Walter Rodney and the Rodney Riots

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PRAGOTI publishes two excerpts from the writings of Walter Rodney on the 40th anniversary of the Rodney Riots in Jamaica in October 1968.

Pragoti Exclusive: Interview with Patrick Gray

Patrick Gray is an economist with a special interest in science-based business development and job creation. In 2001-2202, he led the United Nations study “Human Effects of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: A Strategy for Recovery” (http://chernobyl.undp.org/engish/). Since 2002, he has served as Programme Leader for British Government funded Closed Nuclear Cities Programme, which assists former nuclear weapons scientists and engineers to create sustainable civil sector businesses and employment in Russia and other countries in the Former Soviet Union. Pragoti publishes an exclusive interview on nuclear issues with him over a wide range of topics from nuclear energy, proliferation, weapons, management, etc.