Author: Mythily SivaramanForeword/Introduction: V Geetha / Kapana KarunakaranPublisher: LeftWordYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 457ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380118185
Mythily Sivaraman’s essays range from agrarian unrest, caste oppression, land, labour and wages, the centrality of class struggle, the early promise of change, the radical course of left struggles, the coercive apparatus of the state, issues of impunity, and the way the Emergency worked out on the ground.COMMENTS:“This book is an amazing archive of people’s struggles and a rich documenting of public debates during a critical moment in our recent and lived history. It brings the 1960s and 70s in Tamil Nadu back to us in ways that we have almost lost today. Ever responsive to the questions being raised from the ground, Mythily’s own position was shaped by her understanding of protesting peasants, dalits and the most marginalized in society. We know so little of how women ideologues of the left movement shaped the analysis and interventions of their organizations, so this book serves to remind us about that too. A remarkable collection.” = Uma Chakravarti author of Rewriting History: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai.
ContentsIntroduction: The Life and Times of Mythily Sivaraman by V. Geetha and Kalpana KarunakaranReading Mythily Sivaraman by V. GeethaI. Dalits1. Children of Darkness2. Harijans: Forbidden Territories, Feckless ReformsII. Understanding the Dravidian Movement3. The Relevance of Periyar: Caste or Class Struggle4. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam: The Content of its Ideology5. Straining Hard for IdeasIII. Land and labour6. Venmani and the Free Press7. DMK: Kisan’s Friend or Foe?8. Thanjavur: Rumblings of ClassStruggle in Tamil Nadu9. Gentlemen Killers of KilvenmaniIV. Workers and unions10. The Industrial Policy of the DMK11. A Report on MRF: A Monopoly, its Workers and the State12. Plantations: The Green Industry and its Wage Slaves13. The Politics of Repression14. All-Out Attack on the Working ClassV. Repression and resistance15. Who is the Aggressor?16. Murder of Seeralan17. Police on the Rampage18. Story of NagammalVI. Electoral Politics19. A Report on the Tamil Nadu Elections20. Election Parole21. Different Alignment for Assembly Election?22. Glamour Politics in Command23. Moment of Truth for MGR 24. Odd Man Out VII. Exploring Socialism25. Gandhian Thought in Cuba26. Communists Must Ponder: Extremism and the Left27. Education in Cuba 28. The Relevance of Truth and Non-Violence to Indian Politics Today29. Towards Emancipation 30. People’s Republic in China