Announcing volume 8 of Ghadar
Announcing volume 8 of Ghadar, a publication of the
forum of inquilabi leftists. As in the previous issue,
we continue to analyse and publicise recent political
events in the South Asian sphere.
In this issue, Chi-ming Yang chronicles the history of
conservative and right wing campus politics. Louis
Proyect focuses specifically on one academic unit in
Hamilton College to trace how it capitulated to
right-wing pressure in the days leading up to the
furor over Ward Churchill's visit. Louis also
critiques the capitulation of liberal groups to a
growing right-wing attack. Madiha Tahir writes
first-hand as a student of Joseph Massad and dissects
the workings of the Zionist groups on the Columbia
University campus. David Green concisely summarizes
the Zionist infiltration of the academia, while Ali
Mir and Ra Ravishankar demonstrate how acts of
censorship on US university campuses have co-existed
with (and perhaps even benefited from) increasing
support for vitriolic hate politics.
In keeping with our agenda to forge connections with
progressive desi political movements, we present a
series of links to such movements; movements within
and 'outside' academic campuses. Biju Mathew
presents an insider's account of the multi-pronged
campaign to mobilise against Modi's visit to the US,
complete with an analysis of the many interest groups
-- from all sides of the political spectrum -- that
participated in the events as they unfolded. Raja
Swamy compares the patriotic vitriol of those Indians
who rose in anguish over the denial of Modi's visa to
their lack of indignation over the systematic erosion
of basic human rights for working classes in India.
Kamayani Swami and Ryan Bodanyi report on the latest
in the ongoing struggle for justice in Bhopal. "Where
have the South Asians gone?", Sonia Saini asks, and
calls for solidarity across ethnic groups amongst
people of color. Finally, Joe Madre gives an update on
the struggle against the racist mascot of the
University of Illinois.
Our next issue will be out in June 2005, and will
focus on issues of gender and sexuality, new and
ongoing debates on marriage and class formation, and
the politics of desi consumer chic in the age of
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.
Contact us at ghadarcollective@... and help
build the network!