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

“Redundant Laws” by VakilNo1

Source: VakilNo1 (http://goo.gl/e4NJqm) Even after law sees the light of day, it may remain on paper due to lack of clarity in applicability. The Hire-Purchase Act of 1972, never metamorphosed into an Act. For a Bill to become an Act, it must be passed by both Houses of Parliament, but this was passed by only … Continue reading

“Redundant Laws” by VakilNo1

Source: VakilNo1 (http://goo.gl/e4NJqm) By refusing to change with the times, these laws also bar the ordinary citizen’s access to justice or even right to normal behavior. Only rape is jailable offence, not sexual molestation. The Lunacy Act takes a harmless epileptic to be the same as a certified lunatic. Poor, homeless person are often harassed … Continue reading

“Redundant Laws” by VakilNo1

Source: VakilNo1 (http://goo.gl/e4NJqm) Some laws also infringe on the fundamental rights of citizens. Under section 14 of the Hindu Marriage Act, a couple cannot get a divorce within one year of the marriage, even if one of the parties is found to be insane or a warranted criminal. Even in case of divorce by mutual … Continue reading

India’s humane anarchy India After Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy by Ramachandra Guha

Review by Aditya Adhikari A unitary, democratic and progressive Indian state was by no means pre-determined by its colonial legacy. At the time of Independence in August 1947, there had been nearly a year of incessant rioting between groups of Hindus and Muslims. An Islamic state had been carved out from the western and eastern flanks … 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

Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari: a Free Thinker

By Arvind A. Deshpande Shri Shankar Trimbak Dharmadhikari, better known throughout the world as Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari, was verily Mahatma Vidura of our times. Those familiar with the epic character in Mahabharata will recall that Mahatma Vidura did not have power, weilded no authority, possessed no wealth. Yet every powerful person felt humble before him, … Continue reading

Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari: The unlabelled uncommon man (1899-1985)

Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari was a freedom fighter, thinker, writer, philosopher and a teacher but above all, he was also a great human being who lived a life of principles.  Shankar Trimbak Dharmadhikari was born on June 18, 1899 at Multapi in Madhya Pradesh in a family known for its learning. His father T. D. Dharmadhikari … Continue reading

Sarvodaya Movement: The Gentle Anarchists

After Gandhi’s death, Sarvodaya, a movement based on his spiritual, ethical and political principles emerged. Vinoba Bhave (1895–1982), the leading figure in the movement for many years, taught absolute nonviolence, social organization based on universal love, decision making by consensus, the replacement of coercion by the recognition of moral authority, and the minimization and eventual … Continue reading

Macropedia Index> Anarchism

An impressive example of the breadth of Anarchist influence is Mahatma Gandhi, who based his strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience in South Africa and India on the teachings of nonviolent Anarchists such as Tolstoy and Thoreau and who remembered his reading of Kropotkin when he devised for India the plan of a decentralized society based … Continue reading