Articles by Narodin


Kiss of Love

, 31st October 2014, comments

The regressive elements in society use moral policing as a measure to enforce their code of conduct on society as a whole, thereby inhibiting the individual's freedom of expression. The 'Kiss of Love' protest is an innovative gesture to re-capture the common spaces from the regressive elements. This article is an aggregation of public reactions and press statements to the protest. >>


Ukraine: The new pawn in imperialist geopolitics

Narodin, 1st April 2014, comments

The West is determined to contain Russia; and Russia seems determined to emerge as a geopolitical power. The crisis in Crimea has made it clear that Europe needs Russian oil as much as Russia needs European revenue. Sadly, in this fight between a retreating Western imperialism and a resurgent Russian imperialism, the working class people of the region have nothing to gain; but new chains. >>


Songs of Resistance: May Day

Narodin, 1st May 2013, comments

The century now closing is luminous with great achievements. In every department of human endeavor marvelous progress has been made. By the magic of the machine which sprang from the inventive genius of man, wealth has been created in fabulous abundance. But, alas, this wealth, instead of blessing the race, has been the means of enslaving it. The few have come in possession of all, and the many have been reduced to the extremity of living by permission. - Eugene Victor Debs >>


Habib Jalib: The poet of the people

Narodin, 12th March 2013, 5 comments

Today, 12 March 2013, is the 20th death anniversary of the famous Pakistani revolutionary poet, Habib Jalib. His poems were simple, emotional pieces that moved the listeners. What makes Jalib different is his deep held conviction in the freedom of the individual and his relentless and fearless opposition to all forms of injustice. In a cruel world order that pitted the rulers against the ruled, Habib Jalib stood with the people. To the end he remained unapologetic and proud of his decision to side with the people and against the established powers of the day. >>


Frames from the General Strike

Narodin, 22nd February 2013, 2 comments

For the first time in independent India, with eleven trade union organisations and national federations calling for it, a joint struggle has materialized. A photo essay that captures frames from this turning point in Indian labour movement. >>


Paul Robeson: The baritone of the oppressed

Narodin, 27th January 2013, 2 comments

Paul Robeson was a man who marched ahead of his times. He was an actor who outlived the temptation to pawn his talent for economic comfort, a singer who lent his voice for the oppressed, a relentless champion of social equality in an unjust society and an activist who refused to buckle to the pressures of capitalist oppression. A remembrance by Narodin. >>


Safdar Hashmi: The Indian Brecht

Narodin, 2nd January 2013, comments

It was the new year of 1989. The Jana Natya Manch (JANAM) was performing a play, Halla Bol, in support of Ramanand Jha, CPI[M] candidate for the post of councilor in Ghaziabad. The play began at around 11am near Ambedkar Park before an eager crowd. Minutes into the play, Mukesh Sharma, the Congress opponent ot Jha made an unscripted entry into the scene. In the attack that followed, Safdar Hashmi was injured and taken to a nearby CITU office. Sharma and his followers followed Hashmi to the office and assaulted him. The next day morning at around 10 am, Safdar Hashmi, one of the pioneers of the people's art movement in India, died. He was just 34. >>


പാബ്ലൊ നെരൂദ - ഹാജര്‍!

Narodin, 23rd September 2012, comments

വിയര്‍പ്പും പുകയും കൊണ്ട് അര്‍ത്ഥഗര്‍ഭമായ കവിതയായിരുന്നു, പാബ്ലൊ നെരൂദയ്ക്ക് ജനകീയ കവിത. ആമ്പലിന്റെയും മൂത്രത്തിന്റെയും ഗന്ധം ഒരു പോലുള്ള കവിത,നിയമപരവും നിയമവിരുദ്ധവും ആയ മനുഷ്യന്റെ എല്ലാ തരം കര്‍മ്മങ്ങളാലും അലങ്കരിക്കപ്പെട്ട കവിത. ഈ കാഴ്ചപ്പാട്് നെരൂദയെ സാധാരണക്കാരന് പ്രിയങ്കരനാക്കി, അധികാര വര്‍ഗ്ഗത്തിന് വെറുക്കപ്പെട്ടവനും. ഇന്നു സെപ്തംബർ 23. ചിലെയൻ ജനതയുടെ പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട കവിയുടെ 39-ആം ചരമ വാർഷികം. >>


Victor Jara! Presente!

Narodin, 17th September 2012, 1 comments

On September 16, 1973, a bullet strewn body was discovered on the outsides of the Chilean capital Santiago. It belonged to Victor Jara - poet, singer,theatre artist and political activist. The body was strewn with 44 bullets and bore the marks of torture. Narodin remembers the singer - song writer who was the voice of Chile's dispossessed. >>


Songs of Resistance - The Soviet people's resistance to Fascist aggression

Narodin, 3rd May 2012, comments

The German-Soviet battles during the Second World War is collectively referred to as Velíkaya Otéchestvennaya voiná (The Great Patriotic War) in countries that constituted the former Soviet Union. The Soviet losses during the period have been estimated at nearly 26 million human lives. The Soviet resistance was the brave effort of a group of people who refused to be enslaved by the monstrosity of fascism.The material damages inflicted by the war would seriously cripple the building of socialism in the USSR. The monstrosities of that war would convince the Soviet leadership that any price was reasonable inorder to avert a repetition of these events on Soviet territory. Bodhi pays respects to the heroes of the Soviet resistance through the songs that symbolised it. >>


Faiz - Between Romance and Revolution

Narodin, 5th March 2012, 4 comments

Poetry has always held within it the potential to bring about sweeping changes. It is perhaps for this potential that poets and poetry are feared by both the despot and the fanatic; for their worlds are built on absolute adherence to decadent dogmas and total servitude to blind beliefs. Poetry has the power to ridicule the dogma and question the belief.Luckily for them, most of the poets choose to work on a realm of pure fantasy. The sweat, toil and tears of the real world rarely find their way into the world of the poet. But then, there are other poets-the exceptions to the general rule. Poets whose works unleash the power of human imagination, poets whose works inspire revolutions, poets like Faiz Ahmed Faiz. >>


സത്യത്തില്‍ പോളണ്ടില്‍ എന്തു സംഭവിച്ചു?

Narodin, 21st February 2012, 14 comments

പോളണ്ട് ഇടതന്റെ ചിന്തയുടെ മണ്ഡലത്തില്‍ ഒരു ലക്ഷ്മണരേഖ ആണ് എന്നാണ് പൊതുവെ ഉള്ള വിശ്വാസം. സത്യത്തില്‍ പോളണ്ടില്‍ എന്താണ് സംഭവിച്ചത്? പോളണ്ടിലെ സോഷ്യലിസ്റ്റ്‌ പരീക്ഷണം എങ്ങനെ പരാജയപ്പെട്ടു? അതിന്റെ ഫലമായി പോളണ്ടില്‍ പിന്നീട് എന്ത് സംഭവിച്ചു എന്നും ഇന്നത്തെ അവസ്ഥ എന്തെന്നും ചോദിക്കേണ്ടി ഇരിക്കുന്നു. >>


വെള്ളത്തിന്‌ തീ പിടിപ്പിക്കുന്ന മോന്റെക് മാജിക്

Narodin, 7th January 2012, 3 comments

പ്രതിദിനം 25 രൂപ ഒരു ശരാശരി ഗ്രാമീണ ഇന്ത്യക്കാരന് ഭക്ഷണച്ചെലവിനും വിദ്യാഭാസച്ചെലവിനും, ചികിത്സാച്ചെലവിനും കൂടെ ധാരാളം ആണ് എന്നു കണ്ടുപിടിച്ച മഹാന്‍ ആണ് മോണ്‍ടെക് സിംഗ്ജി. ഇതാ അതെ കൂര്‍മ്മബുദ്ധിയില്‍ ഉടലെടുത്ത അടുത്ത "ഐറ്റം" - വെള്ളത്തിന്റെ മൂല്യനിര്‍ണയം. വെള്ളം ചുമ്മാ കൊടുക്കാന്‍ ഇതെന്തോന്ന് വെള്ളരിക്കാപ്പട്ടണമോ? കാശ് ഉള്ളവന്‍ വെള്ളം കുടിച്ചാല്‍ മതി. കാശ് ഇല്ലാത്തവന്‍ ആദ്യം കാശ് ഉണ്ടാക്കട്ടെ, എന്നിട്ടാകാം വെള്ളം കുടിക്കുന്നത്. വെള്ളത്തിന്റെ മൂല്യം നിര്‍ണയിച്ച് കഴിയുമ്പോള്‍ കൂടി വന്നാല്‍ കുറേ "കൂതറ"കള്‍ വെള്ളം കിട്ടാതെ തട്ടിപ്പോകും. അങ്ങനെ വന്നാല്‍ സ്വാഭാവികമായും ഇന്ത്യയുടെ ജി.ഡി.പി കുതിച്ച് കയറും. ഏറ്റവും കുറവു മൂല്യം കല്പിക്കപ്പെട്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ഉല്പന്നമാണ് വെള്ളമെന്ന മോണ്‍ടെക് സിംഗ് അലുവാലിയയുടെ അഭിപ്രായപ്രകടനത്തിന്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ നറോദിന്റെ ഒരു ആക്ഷേപഹാസ്യം. >>


Songs of Resistance - October Revolution

Narodin, 25th December 2011, 1 comments

What began as an armed insurrection in Petrograd,on November 7th 1917, upon a blank shot signal from the battleship Aurora ,went on to define the development of human history for the next seven decades. But for nearly five years (1917-1922) following the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks found themselves pitted against internal adversaries who were aided and abetted by a plethora of forces with a common goal-to snuff out the socialist state in its cradle. The establishment of the USSR was a victory hard won by the Bolsheviks by employing a combination of brute force, tact, propaganda, strategy, diplomacy and at some points, even terror. This edition of Bodhi's songs of resistance series features Bolshevik songs of the Russian Civil War, 20 years after the fall of the USSR. >>


Russia- One step forward, two steps back?

Narodin, 9th December 2011, 14 comments

The promises of capitalism that hastened the collapse of the Soviet Union have been proven hollow. The Russian population has come to realise that its bargain with capitalism has been a Faustian one. One of the greatest achievements that Soviet communism claimed was its capability to place the Russian woman in orbit around the earth; the stellar achievement of Russian capitalism seems to be its capability to place her on pornographic magazines around the world. >>

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Monthly Review: The Planetary Emergency

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