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Making History by Saki goes on Sale

December 9, 2006

Comrades finally I have received all the necessary copies of Making History
and I am in a position to distribute them.

As many of you may already know Making History is the path breaking
study of the History of Karnataka authored by Comrade Saketh Rajan,
Immortal revolutionary of Karnataka.

A must read for any Kannadiga and those who seek to understand
Karnataka’s history from the people’s point of view.

This book does not contain any speeches or revolutionary writings
but is a thorough study into Karnataka’s past.

Making History Volume I has been sold out hence I am distributing
Xerox copies with the permission of the publishers.

The price that I have arrived at is

Making History I(Xerox copy) – 250 Rs

Making History II – 250 Rs

Total 500 Rs for set of two books

Postage – 50 Rs all over India

Free Delivery anywhere inside Karnataka.

Please note I am charging these books at a
surplus to the cost incurred by me to procure these books.
This surplus will be accounted for and the resources
generated will be used for future endeavors.

For students and those from economically weak backgrounds
the book is available at cost price on request.

International readers who are interested in buying this book
please email us your requests.

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Books will be shipped only when payment is received

The two books and their summaries are given below

Making History -Volume II – Karnataka’s People and their Past , – Colonial Shock , Armed Struggle ( 1800 – 1857 )

December 9, 2006

Making History -Volume II – Karnataka’s People and their Past , Stone age to Mercantilism – Colonial Shock , Armed Struggle ( 1800 – 1857 )

This book outlines the development of Karnataka history from the time of British conquest of Karnataka in 1799 till the war of Independence in 1857.

On what basis did the British partition Karnataka?
What was the content of the Subsidiary Treaties the British signed with different kings ? How did the British consolidate their rule without upsetting the social order of feudalism?

Why did the local landlords support British rule?
Did the british check or did they contribute to caste oppression ?What was the nature of the new state the British established ?

What was the impact of British colonialism on the broad masses ?What was the political response of the masses of Karnataka to British domination ? How and why did the people conduct armed struggle to fight the British ?What was the political thrust of the peasant insurgencies that shook Karnataka during the period ?

Did Karnataka really show up prospects for a bourgeoisie democratic revolution ?

Based on a wide range of primary and secondary sources this book makes an analytical narrative of the development of Karnataka history from the time of British conquest of Karnatka in 1799 till the War of Independence in 1857.

Contrary to biased history writing,it makes a comprehensive
and objective presentation of the people’s history of
Karnataka, adopting the methodology of Historical Materialism.

This book is a sequel to the first volume,which traced Karnataka
history from the first signs of human
habitation till the time of British conquest.

The third volume is to explore into the impact of British
colonialism on Karnatka from 1858 to 1947.(Which ma

Making History -Volume I – Karnataka’s People and their Past , Stone age to Mercantilism –

December 9, 2006

Making History -Volume I – Karnataka’s People and their Past , Stone age to Mercantilism

This book traces Karnataka history from the time of the first
signs of human habitation 40,000 years ago till the time of its
conquest by british colonialism.

How did the people live in the prehistoric period ? What
factors led to the rise of class society ? How did the shudra
holding system operate ?
How did feudalism come into existence in Karnataka ?
How did its various institutions such as caste and religion develop ?
What were the social movements ,the economic, political and
ideological factors leading to changes in feudalism ?
What characteristics did the modern mercantile state, formed towards
the end of the pre colonial period, display ?
Did semi feudal karnataka contain prospects for a bourgeois
democratic revolution ?

Basing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources this book
makes an analytical narrative of all these and many more
questions.

Contrary to a biased history writing it makes a
comprehensive and objective presentation of the peoples
history of Karnataka, adopting the methodology of
Historical Materialism.

The second volume is to explore into the impact of
British colonialism of Karnataka.

Women and People’s War in Nepal by Hisila Yami( Comrade Parvati )

September 29, 2006

“Dear friends,

We are happily announcing the publication of the book People’s War and
Women’s Liberation in Nepal written by Hisila Yami (Comrade Parvati).

Total number of pages – 246 plus 15 coloured photos.

The price of the book is:

a) In India: Paper pack – Rs. 125.00 and
Hard Bound – Rs. 200.00

b) In other countries: Paper pack – $ 7.00 or equivalent and
Hard Bound – $ 10.00 or equivalent.
* For individual copies, we will bear the cost of mailing.

For bulk orders (applicable for more than 25 copies):
a) 25% Discount;
b) Purchaser has to bear the mailing cost;
c) Only pre-paid orders will be accepted.

For further enquiries, please contact:
purvaiya_publication @ yahoo.co.in

With greetings,
M.Pal /26-09-06

WOMEN
AND
PEOPLE’S WAR IN NEPAL
By Hisila Yami (Comrade Parvati)

Contents

1. Ten Years Of People’s War And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

2. Women’s Participation In People’s War In Nepal

3. The Question Of Women’s Leadership
In People’s War in Nepal

4. Women’s Participation In People’s Army

5. Women’s Position In The Party,
People’s Army And The New State

6. Ideological Synthesis And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

7. Philosophy And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

8. Interview To People’s March

9. Multidimensional Exploitation And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

10. Rape: An Instrument Of
State Repression In Nepal

11. People’s War And The Question of Dalits

12. Nationality Question In Nepal

13. Experience Of People’s Power In Nepal

14. Women And The Democracy Movement

15. APPENDIX – 1

16. APPENDIX – 2

17. APPENDIX – 3″

Oru Lyngikathozhilaliyude Athmakatha (Autobiography of a Sex Worker – Nalini Jameela)

September 6, 2006

Oru Lyngikathozhilaliyude Athmakatha
(Autobiography of a Sex Worker) – Nalini Jameela

Nalini Jameela (50) holds her book ‘The Autobiography of a Sex Worker’ in the southern Indian state of Kerala December 14, 2005. Her long, wavy, black hair tied loosely in a knot, Jameela looks like any other Indian housewife. But this attractive, largely uneducated mother of two is a best-selling author and prostitute whose outspoken views of sex work as an ordinary career choice have stirred controversy in conservative India.

Autobiography of a sex worker takes Kerala by storm

By Vinu Abraham

It is ironic that the most repressed society in the country has produced the first autobiography by a sex worker. For Nalini Jameela, 51, a sex worker from Thrissur in Kerala, the book was a chance to share her experiences in a profession that she says is “like any other”. For the masses, it was a chance to take a behind-the-scenes peek, as it were.

Baring her soul: Nalini Jameela with her book

Hardly surprising then that the release of the book on June 18 was greeted with great curiosity. Published by DC Books, Oru Laimgika Thozhilaliyude Athmakatha (The Autobiography of a Sex Worker) is a hit already. (The book sold over 2,000 copies in less than two weeks.) However, literary discussions revealed that many picked it up only to find out if any well-known people figured in its pages.

Nalini is quick to clarify that her book “is not a f..k and tell”. “There is no need for curiosity as to who my customer is,” says Nalini, who is the coordinator of the Kerala Sex Workers’ Forum. “People talk about the sexual adventures of others instead of exploring their own sexuality. My book is a reflection of this pitiable state of sexuality in Kerala.”

Interspersed with her life story is a close look at the reality of Kerala society. According to Nalini, the scenario today is one of ‘male tragedy’; a view that is in conflict with the notion that women are the victims of sexual crimes. “The socio-cultural establishment in Kerala forbids a man from seeking an outlet for his sexuality. So the average Malayali male is sexually frustrated,” she says. “This is why he gets involved in sex rackets. The men that the media and society accuse as sex offenders, including former minister P.K. Kunhalikutty, are the real victims. Women and girls are the secondary victims.”

Book extract

Pressure cooker and safety valves

The charge that sex workers destroy clients’ families is wrong. Which sex worker would go to her client’s house claiming rights? …As long as human beings have the urge for variety in sex, as long as societal repression on sex remains, as long as the inherent problems in the family structure remain, sex work will continue. If there is no sex work, it would lead to a situation comparable to a pressure cooker with its safety valve locked on. The truth is that sex workers are doing a great service.

There is another face to this reality, too. Some clients badmouth their wives to the sex worker to create a greater intimacy. They complain that their wives do not love them and that they are fed up with life. I once had such a client. As soon as we met, he began abusing his wife. But I realised his accusations were false. He told me that he would not give his wife a drop of water even if she were on her deathbed. I decided to teach him a lesson.

One night, around 11.30 p.m., I told him that I wanted a drink. He went out and bought me a bottle of liquor, though he had to pay extra money because it was past the closing time. Once he got back, he poured me a drink. After I became a little high, I started abusing him. I told him that he who had said he would not give his wife a drop of water on her deathbed, though she cared for him so much, had gone to so much trouble to get me a drink in the middle of the night. I asked him if he was not ashamed of himself. Upon my tirade, he left without even having sex.

Many in Kerala proudly claim that there are no red-light areas here. But in reality, the absence of red-light areas is the real problem. Though there are lots of sex workers, the lack of such areas means that the needy cannot always contact them. The availability of love nests is also a big problem because clients have to spend a lot of money to get such a place. Thus, many people who are denied sex or do not enjoy good sex in their marriage, are deprived of sexual outlets.

Often, this is the factor that works behind violence against young girls. When will the Malayali who protests against this violence realise the truth? It is the absence of safety valves (sex workers) that leads to incidents like the late-night attack on women at the tourism week celebrations in Kozhikode. Those who criticise men for such violence and sympathise with the women do not realise the illness or the reason behind it.

Translated by Vinu Abraham


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Making History – By Saketh Rajan

July 31, 2006

Front Cover of Making History – Volume II by Saki

Based on a wide range of primary and secondary sources this book makes
an analytical narrative of the development of Karnataka history
from the time of British conquest of Karnatka in 1799 till the War
of Independence in 1857.

Contrary to biased history writing,it makes a comprehensive
and objective presentation of the people’s history of
Karnataka,adopting the mathodology of Historical Materialism.

Back Cover of Making History – Volume II by Saki

Comrade Saketh Rajan – Author of the path breaking book

Sold Out

Comrades a few months back I came to know that
Comrade Saketh Rajan’s books have been SOLD OUT !
Both volume 1 and 2 have gone out of stock !

To check if that was true,I made the round of several bookstores
based in bangalore like Sapna’s , Gangarams and other smaller bookstores
and all of them revealed that they had gone out of stock.

This path breaking book written by Comrade Saketh Rajan is now
being taught in Universities in Karnataka !

As his books are devoured by readers young and old
throughout the world, a thousand Saketh Rajan’s are all set to bloom.

Marx on India under the British

June 30, 2006

Marx on India under the British

His essays in The New York Daily Tribune thoroughly expose the hypocrisy of “Free Traders”

KARL MARX ON INDIA – From the New York Daily Tribune
(Including Articles by Frederick Engels)
Editor – Iqbal Husain
Publishes by Tulika Books,
35 A/1 (3rd Floor), Shah Pur Jat, New Delhi-110049.
Rs. 495

This book, edited meticulously and with commendable scholarship by Iqbal Husain and brought out by Tulika Books and the Aligarh Historians Society, is a very important addition to the scholarly literature on both Karl Marx’s analysis of India and the nature of British imperialism in the 19th Century. At the same time, the book is also accessible to the lay reader who wishes to understand the views of the most significant thinker of the modern era on the specific issue of India under the British rule.

The main body of the book contains articles written by Marx in The New York Daily Tribune (NYDT) and a few by Marx’s comrade-in-arms Frederick Engels between 1853 and 1862. It also contains excerpts from the letters of Marx and Engels relating to India as well as a very thorough compilation, by Irfan Habib, of references to India in other writings of Marx and Engels.

Husain has included in the appendices unsigned articles on India — not conclusively established to be by Marx — published in NYDT between 1853 and 1858. Most importantly, the book includes, besides Husain’s useful prefatory note, two outstanding articles, one by the foremost Marxist historian of India, Irfan Habib, and the other by the foremost Marxist economist of India, Prabhat Patnaik.

Insightful essays

Marx’s articles are a treat to read and enormously insightful. Of the numerous NYDT articles by Marx, two namely `The British Rule in India’ (NYDT, June 25, 1853) and `The Future Results of British Rule in India’ (NYDT, August 8, 1853) have been widely cited, and understandably so. In these essays, Marx provides a brilliant critique of the horrors of British colonial rule in India as well as an incisive analysis, breathtaking for its prescience, of the consequences of British rule, which were to be very different, as Marx correctly pointed out, from the intentions of the colonial masters.

These and other essays thoroughly expose the hypocrisy of the `Free Traders’ and bring out the `happy coexistence’ of imperialism and free trade. One finds the letters strikingly relevant for contemporary times, as a critique of present-day neoliberalism as much as of classical liberalism whose attitude on the question of colonial exploitation was typically Janus-faced!

Dialectial

Also to be noted is the dialectical understanding that Marx provides. Thus even while he notes that “England has broken down the entire framework of… Indian society, without any symptoms of reconstitution yet appearing. This loss of his world, with no gain of a new one, imparts a particular kind of melancholy to the present misery of the Indian, and separates India, ruled by Britain, from all its ancient traditions, and from the whole of its past history” (NYDT, June 25, 1853), Marx also remarks that British actions in India undertaken with the aim of benefiting British capitalists, would nevertheless lay the basis for far reaching changes.

Thus he says: “All that the English bourgeoisie may be forced to do will neither emancipate nor materially mend the social condition of the mass of the people, depending not only on the development of the productive powers, but of their appropriation by the people. But what they will not fail to do is lay down the material premises for both. Has the bourgeoisie ever done more? Has it ever effected a progress without dragging individuals and people through blood and dirt, through misery and degradation?” (NYDT, August 8, 1853).

Completing his argument, Marx adds, “The Indians will not reap the fruits of the new elements of society scattered among them by the British bourgeoisie, till in Great Britain itself the now ruling classes shall have been supplanted by the industrial proletariat, or till the Indians themselves shall have grown strong enough to throw off the English yoke altogether.”

Contrast this incisive analysis of 1853, more than three dacades before even a very timid Indian National Congress was born, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s views expressed at Oxford University last year on the benefits of British rule(!).

Marx’s perception

Habib in his essay `Marx’s Perception of India’ demonstrates both the perspicacity of Marx’s analysis of British India and its contemporary relevance, and the fact that Marx was constantly, till the very end of his life, reading up on India, and enriching his views in the light of new knowledge. He also provides a stimulating critique of the notion of the Asiatic mode of production.

In his essay `The Other Marx’, Prabhat Patnaik brings out the very important theoretical implications of Marx’s articles on India in NYDT, especially for understanding the relationship between capitalism and pre-capitalist modes of production and resolving the debate over the necessity or otherwise of imperialism (in various forms) for sustaining capitalism as an economic system.

All in all, this is an exceptionally important book, well worth the time of the interested lay reader as well as the specialist.

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An Iron Harvest

June 22, 2006



An Iron Harvest
Category: Fiction
Author: CP Surendran
Publisher: India Ink/Roli Books
Price: Rs. 350

From the Back Cover
John is the young Che Guevara-like leader of a Maoist revolutionary organization, Red Earth, active in Kerala, India. John’s classmate, Abe, has gone missing in police custody, though he is a political innocent. John suspects Abe has been tortured to death. Death in police custody was a regular feature of the dark days of the 19-month Emergency, which the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared in a fit of pure paranoia in June 1975, the year of the story.

Not able to withstand the brute force of the State, Red Earth begins to disintegrate. But for John, the unlikely revolution he is working at has already taken on the intimate emotional intensity of a vendetta.

The fast-paced action of An Iron Harvest revolves in measured grooves around the characters of John, Sebastian, Abe’s elderly father, and the sadistic, sexually troubled Deputy Inspector General of Police, Raman, a killer without a conscience.

In bare terms this is the story of one death and three people. An Iron
Harvest is based on a real life incident.


About the author


CP Surendran is one of the most important poets of India. No one in his generation has succeeded more in inventing a language, at once bare, bleak and burnished, for India’s own big city blues. His poems from Gemini II, Posthumous Poems and Canaries On The Moon have been made into anthologies. An Iron Harvest is CP’s Surendran’s first novel. Besides his work as a poet and writer, CP is very well known in India as a journalist and columnist.