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Vijay Prashad, “The Futures of Indian Communism”

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 2:45pm

Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall (April 16th)
ICM Lecture Series

George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History; Professor, International Studies, Trinity College

Do the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 signal the end of the road for the Left? 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 are 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. The lecture will provide a critical examination of the past of Indian Communism and an assessment of its future.

Seminar, "Writing about Communism"

Friday, April 17, 2015
10:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
Toboggan Lodge

How to write about Communism in neo-liberal times—is there a way to take refuge in nostalgia at its origins and forget the rest, or must one persist and try to write a history that is of an ongoing movement?

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and a professor of International Studies at Trinity College. His is also Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Relations, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; a columnist for Frontline (India), al-Araby al-Jadeed and BirGün (Turkey), and Chief Editor, LeftWord Books. His most recent books are No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (2015) and, as editor, Letters To Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation (Verso, 2015).

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