“Relearning Anarchism in India” by Jaimine Bezboznik

Source: http://www.readoo.in/2016/02/anarchy-in-india In India as elsewhere, anarchist thought is widely misunderstood. As Bhagat Singh (1907 – 1931), one of the few Indian revolutionaries who had explicit anarchist leanings, put it: “The people are scared of the word anarchism. The word anarchism has been abused so much that even in India revolutionaries have been called anarchist to … Continue reading

The new PKK: unleashing a social revolution in Kurdistan

Excerpts In his years in solitary confinement, running the PKK behind bars as his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment,  Abdullah Öcalan adopted a form of libertarian socialism so obscure that few anarchists have even heard of it: Bookchin’s libertarian municipalism. Öcalan further modified, rarefied and rebranded Bookchin’s vision as “democratic confederalism,” with the consequence … Continue reading

“AnComm fallacy” by Jaimine

Source: Indian Libertarians http://www.indianlibertarians.org/ancommfallacy/ It is thousand times more better to have common-sense without education than to have education without common-sense. In this context, I intend to highlight that anarcho-communism is a 16 letter word used by inferior magicians with the wrong alchemical formula for transforming earth into gold. To simplify, Anarchist communism (AnComm) advocates the … Continue reading

Seed Sharing Is the New Anarchy

Of all the methods of anarchist revolution, sharing fruit and vegetable seeds may be its most humble and seemingly innocuous. But as corporations like Monsanto seek to monopolize agriculture with its own patented brand of genetically modified crops, some are fighting back by reviving the ancient practice of seed sharing. It’s a grassroots attempt to … Continue reading

Originally posted on Unsettling America:
Decolonizing Anarchism examines the history of South Asian struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism, highlighting lesser-known dissidents as well as iconic figures. What emerges is an alternate narrative of decolonization, in which liberation is not defined by the achievement of a nation-state. Author Maia Ramnath suggests that the anarchist vision of…

Jayaprakash Narayan: Keeper of India’s Conscience

Jayaprakash Narayan was born on October 11, 1902, in Sitabdiara, a village on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. His father Harsudayal was a junior official in the Canal Department of the State government and was often touring the region. Jayaprakash, called Baul affectionately, was left with his grandmother to study in Sitabdiara. Since … Continue reading

Revolutionary family life and the Self Respect movement in Tamil south India, 1926–49

Abstract: During the second quarter of the 20th century, the Self Respect movement (cuyamariyatai iyakkam) introduced a programme of non-Brahmin uplift in Tamil south India that consisted of a radical critique of social, political and economic relations. By following the coverage of family and marriage in the Self Respect popular press (the weekly newspaper Kudi … Continue reading

Total Revolution

[On his return home to Patna in 1975 after release from detention due to acute illness, JP (Jayaprakash Narayan) wrote a long letter to his followers explaining the circumstances of the Bihar movement and committing the remaining years of his life to total revolution.]   Continuing Change From the very beginning I have been saying … Continue reading

The Sarvoya Movement

The pitfalls of nonviolent revolution by Brian Martin Nonviolent Revolution in India. Geoffrey Ostergaard New Delhi: Gandhi Peace Foundation, 1985 A review published in Nonviolence Today, number 2, April/May 1988, pp. 16-17 In Western countries such as Australia, the idea of nonviolent revolution is not a common one. Revolution is traditionally associated with the left, … Continue reading

RESISTING THE NATION STATE the pacifist and anarchist tradition (Excerpts)

RESISTING THE NATION STATE the pacifist and anarchist tradition by Geoffrey Ostergaard The collapse of the New Left coincided with the exhaustion of the less well-publicised Sarvodaya (welfare of all) movement for nonviolent revolution in India, led by Vinoba Bhave and Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-1979), which had sought through voluntary villagisation of land to realise Gandhi’s … Continue reading