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COVER STORY

22-12-2017

Red October in Restrospect

100th anniversary of the October Revolution

Briefing

Periyar and socialism

Self-respect and socialism

Cover Story
One of the earliest propagandists of socialism from the non-Left camp in southern India was the patriarch of the Dravidian movement, E.V.R. Periyar, a ...
Science

Shining achievements

S. CHATTERJEE Cover Story
Decades of state investment in planning and science propelled the Soviet Union to the forefront in a wide spectrum of fields, notably mathematics, physiology, geology, aerodynamics and space, and proved that science could be planned and its fruits made available to society at large.
Women

Road to emancipation

JAYATI GHOSH Cover Story
Women were a significant force in the mass uprising that culminated in the revolution and were instrumental in shaping the attitudes and policies of the nascent Soviet state, which recognised the urgent need for their emancipation.
Capitalism today

What is to be done?

PRABHAT PATNAIK Cover Story
World capitalism has entered a period of protracted crisis, pushing the working population into acute distress, unemployment and insecurity. As at the time of the October Revolution, there is once more a historic opportunity before the Left to forge worker-peasant alliances in order to bring about a change in the nature of the state that would lead to socialism.

What they said on science in Soviet Russia

Cover Story
Tagore, in “Letters from Russia”: “In Russia, finally. What I see, bewilders me. Not like any other country. The difference is in the roots. They ...
Cover Story

Red October in retrospect

AIJAZ AHMAD Cover Story
With the October Revolution, the locus of the revolutionary dynamic began to shift towards the East and more generally towards lands that were struggling against imperialism. This symbiosis between communism and anti-imperialism may well turn out to be the more lasting legacy of Red October.
Controversy

Khilji as villain

ZIYA US SALAM The Nation
The protests against the film "Padmavati" and the vilification of Alauddin Khilji are part of the Hindu right-wing’s scheme to distort history in order to make electoral gains.
Asembly Elections/Gujarat

The communal card again

The BJP once again takes recourse to communal propaganda in a desperate bid to recapture the initiative on the campaign front from the opposition, comprising the Congress and the three young community leaders Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani.
Decolonisation

Comrades in arms

JOHN CHERIAN Cover Story
The October Revolution had a profound impact on the developing world. The people of the global South, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, looked to Moscow for support in their struggle to free themselves form the yoke of colonial rule.

What does socialism in India mean?

Cover Story
ONLY after the establishing people’s democracy and completing the anti-imperialist, anti-feudal, anti-monopoly capital tasks can the Indian people ...
Publications

Reading the Revolution

VIJAY PRASHAD Cover Story
At a time when a wary colonial regime ensured that news of the Russian Revolution was blocked out in India, it was left to small bands of socialists to provide information that they gathered from their networks about events in the northern half of Asia.
Cinema

On the silver screen

SASHI KUMAR Cinema
The creative urges of the pioneers and innovators of cinema in the Soviet Union surged in the heady aftermath of the October Revolution and through the period of Lenin’s New Economic Policy, whatever the political and economic arguments about that tactical policy retreat into a short stretch of free market and capitalism supervised by the state.
Planning

Success and slowdown

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
The conceptual case for a system of social ownership combined with planning was transformed into a reality in the Soviet Union and proved immensely successful in many senses. However, these advances could not be sustained when all labour resources had been absorbed and growth entered the intensive phase after the 1950s.
Literature

Vibrant and heterogeneous

RASHMI DORAISWAMY Cover Story
The Soviet literary scape had a variety of literature from the officially feted to the critical to the dissident; even under the official canon of socialist realism, many different styles, including that of an “adapted” modernism, flourished and great literary works were produced within the Soviet Union.
Legacy

A new epoch

PRAKASH KARAT Cover Story
The October Revolution had a universal significance. For the first time, socialism came on the agenda of world history as a concrete alternative to capitalism.
Art & architecture

Celebration or reflection?

ROMI KHOSLA Cover Story
Commemorating the October Revolution raises the problem of understanding the relationship between the political revolution and the creative arts.
Impact on India

Imprint on freedom struggles

SITARAM YECHURY Cover Story
The October Revolution must be seen as an event that profoundly changed the character of the Indian people’s struggle for freedom and for carrying forward the struggle of transforming the political independence of the country towards the economic independence of its people.
Book Extracts

On Lenin

Cover Story
Why Lenin? First, because this is the centenary year of Europe’s last great revolution. Unlike its predecessors, the 1917 October Revolution ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters
Gujarat elections FOR the first time in 22 years, the Congress, which has been out of power in Gujarat, is trying to give the BJP a tough fight ...
End of Exile

Train to Petrograd

R. Vijaya Sankar Cover Story
The journey that took Lenin and other revolutionaries from Zurich to the Finland Station in Petrograd and changed the history of Russia and the world forever.

What they said on science in Soviet Russia

Cover Story
Tagore, in “Letters from Russia”: “In Russia, finally. What I see, bewilders me. Not like any other country. The difference is in the roots. They ...
Cover Story

Red October in retrospect

AIJAZ AHMAD Cover Story
With the October Revolution, the locus of the revolutionary dynamic began to shift towards the East and more generally towards lands that were struggling against imperialism. This symbiosis between communism and anti-imperialism may well turn out to be the more lasting legacy of Red October.
Book Extracts

On Lenin

Cover Story
Why Lenin? First, because this is the centenary year of Europe’s last great revolution. Unlike its predecessors, the 1917 October Revolution ...
Decolonisation

Comrades in arms

JOHN CHERIAN Cover Story
The October Revolution had a profound impact on the developing world. The people of the global South, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, looked to Moscow for support in their struggle to free themselves form the yoke of colonial rule.

What does socialism in India mean?

Cover Story
ONLY after the establishing people’s democracy and completing the anti-imperialist, anti-feudal, anti-monopoly capital tasks can the Indian people ...
Publications

Reading the Revolution

VIJAY PRASHAD Cover Story
At a time when a wary colonial regime ensured that news of the Russian Revolution was blocked out in India, it was left to small bands of socialists to provide information that they gathered from their networks about events in the northern half of Asia.
Cinema

On the silver screen

SASHI KUMAR Cinema
The creative urges of the pioneers and innovators of cinema in the Soviet Union surged in the heady aftermath of the October Revolution and through the period of Lenin’s New Economic Policy, whatever the political and economic arguments about that tactical policy retreat into a short stretch of free market and capitalism supervised by the state.
Planning

Success and slowdown

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
The conceptual case for a system of social ownership combined with planning was transformed into a reality in the Soviet Union and proved immensely successful in many senses. However, these advances could not be sustained when all labour resources had been absorbed and growth entered the intensive phase after the 1950s.
Literature

Vibrant and heterogeneous

RASHMI DORAISWAMY Cover Story
The Soviet literary scape had a variety of literature from the officially feted to the critical to the dissident; even under the official canon of socialist realism, many different styles, including that of an “adapted” modernism, flourished and great literary works were produced within the Soviet Union.
Legacy

A new epoch

PRAKASH KARAT Cover Story
The October Revolution had a universal significance. For the first time, socialism came on the agenda of world history as a concrete alternative to capitalism.
Art & architecture

Celebration or reflection?

ROMI KHOSLA Cover Story
Commemorating the October Revolution raises the problem of understanding the relationship between the political revolution and the creative arts.
Impact on India

Imprint on freedom struggles

SITARAM YECHURY Cover Story
The October Revolution must be seen as an event that profoundly changed the character of the Indian people’s struggle for freedom and for carrying forward the struggle of transforming the political independence of the country towards the economic independence of its people.
End of Exile

Train to Petrograd

R. Vijaya Sankar Cover Story
The journey that took Lenin and other revolutionaries from Zurich to the Finland Station in Petrograd and changed the history of Russia and the world forever.