A stalwart of the Left movement in India’s Hindi-speaking regions. He led many movements from students to farmers and agricultural workers and also got elected to the Bihar legislative assembly twice. He challenged the feudal practices within his own household as well as outside in the society. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi was a true communist who believed that we must struggle hard to bring the class forces on our side to create a better world for everyone. He firmly believed in redistribution of land and voluntarily gave away his land to the agricultural women workers.
Ammukkutty, 88 year communist veteran was an active member of the Agricultural Workers Union. She rose to Central Committee of the Union through her hard work. Ammukkutty was born in a poor Dalit household which most agricultural workers belong to. Her life is filled with struggles throughout, fighting hunger and poverty. She mobilised Adivasis and Agricultural workers under the red flag and waged struggles for better wage and land and against inhuman treatment and oppressive taxes.
The students in India have been fighting an upfront battle against the multi-faceted onslaught by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led central government’s anti-student policies for the past several years. In this interview, Aishe Ghosh speaks to Satarupa Chakraborty on the ideas and vision that drew her to the students’ movement, and on her journey from being a young student from West Bengal studying at Delhi University to being a leader of the JNU students’ movement during a period of acute crisis on the campus.
This study looks at the life and legacy of Kanak Mukherjee, a fighter for the people and people’s struggles who was born in undivided Bengal, India, in 1921. The rich trajectory of her activism teaches us about the history of women in organising in local, national, and international struggles that linked women’s rights to anti-imperialist and anti- capitalist struggles throughout the twentieth century.