Kosambi Reading and Analysis Circle

Who are we?


We are a reading, writing, research, analysis, and discussion circle for multi-tendency socialist theory, based in India primarily but with members from all around the world joining in remotely as well. We had our first meeting on 28th Jan 2020. Our current membership is 1000+.


We started in Bombay but currently in a process of creating a federation of city and campus based chapters. Within this circle there are smaller focus groups which read and meet on specific aspects of society they analyse with socialist theory.


What do we engage with?


Theory from Marxist and other socialist tendencies. We also read other things not socialist but relevant to socialist understanding.


How to join us?


If you are interested in socialist theory, do join us! We try to be as accessible as possible. Contact our convenor Anupam_Guha


How do we meet?


Currently due to the pandemic, all meetings whether of the circle itself (which happen twice or thrice a month) or its caucuses happen remotely.


Why Kosambi?


We wanted a theorist for a mascot who represents our values, and Dr. D. D. Kosambi's work is extremely important. His writing is interesting and useful, he has important contributions to as diverse fields as historiography, Marxist analysis of caste, physics, mathematics, to things as odd as stamp collecting. At the core of this group is the desire to understand material reality and Kosambi's contributions to both the natural and social sciences reflect that.


Thematic plan by month for 2020

  1. January: Introduction and fascism

  2. Readings: 1 to 2 in the “Readings covered” list below

  3. Notes: 28-01-2020, 31-01-2020

  4. February: Introduction and the manifesto

  5. Readings: 3 in the “Readings covered” list below

  6. Notes: 16-02-2020, 22-02-2020

  7. March: Electoralism, reform, revolution, political theory

  8. Readings: 4 to 5 in the “Readings covered” list below

  9. Notes: 08-03-2020, 14-03-2020 and 15-03-2020

  10. April: Marxist analysis of nationhood/borders/indegenity etc

  11. Readings: 6 to 11 in the “Readings covered” list below

  12. Notes: 05-04-2020, 17-04-2020

  13. May: Marxism and technology, Wage labour and capital, Grundrisse

  14. Readings: 12 to 21 in the “Readings covered” list below

  15. Notes: 10-05-2020, 22-05-2020

  16. June: Political economy

  17. Readings: 22 to 27 in the “Readings covered” list below

  18. Notes: 13-06-2020, 20-06-2020, 27-06-2020

  19. July: Political economy

  20. Readings: 28 to 31 in the “Readings covered” list below

  21. Notes: 19-07-2020, 25-07-2020

  22. August: Gender, feminism, and Marxism

  23. Readings: 32 to 40 in the “Readings covered” list below

  24. Notes: 16-08-2020, 23-08-2020, 30-08-2020

  25. September: Marxism and caste, representation, identity

  26. Readings: 41 to 51 in the “Readings covered” list below

  27. Notes: 13-09-2020, 27-09-2020

  28. October: Marxist analysis of mental health

  29. Readings: 52 to 68 in the “Readings covered” list below

  30. Notes: 11-10-2020, 25-10-2020

  31. November: History of Indian communism, land redistribution, peasantry in India

  32. Readings: 69 to 88 in the “Readings covered” list below

  33. Notes: 15-11-2020, 29-11-2020

  34. December: Friendship, relationships, in class society and socialism

  35. Readings: 89 to 95 in the “Readings covered” list below

  36. Notes: 13-12-2020, 20-12-2020


Thematic plan by month for 2021

  1. January: Propaganda and Gramsci

  2. Readings: 96 to 99 in the “Readings covered” list below

  3. Notes: 17-01-2021

  4. February: Art and Culture

  5. Readings: 100 to 104 in the “Readings covered” list below

  6. Notes: 21-02-2021, 28-02-2021

  7. March: Imperialism (continued from 2020 Political Economy)

  8. Readings: 105 to 107 in the “Readings covered” list below

  9. April: Platform Labour

  10. Readings: 108 to 114 in the “Readings covered” list below

  11. May: Energy, materials, rare earths, extractivism

  12. Readings: 115 to 122 in the “Readings covered” list below

  13. June: Ecology, Climate Change

  14. Readings: 123 to 133 in the “Readings covered” list below

  15. July: Faith and Politics feat. Nationalism

  16. Readings: 134 to 148 in the “Readings covered” list below

  17. August: Hindutva feat. Nationalism

  18. Readings: 149 to 154 in the “Readings covered” list below

  19. September: Law, Justice, and Socialism

  20. Readings: 155 to 161 in the “Readings covered” list below

  21. October: Violence

  22. Readings: 162 to 176 in the “Readings covered” list below

  23. November: Strategies, Programmes, and Histories of Communisms

  24. December: Philosophy, Epistemology, and Theory of Mind


Caucuses


Caucuses are ways for circle members to organise discussions on specific areas on which they might want to turn a socialist lens on, thus to have parallel discussions with the central monthly themes which are pan circle. Caucuses thus act as reading circles within the reading circle


Currently some of the caucuses are

  1. Kosambi Science and Technology Caucus

  2. Kosambi Caste Caucus

  3. Kosambi Gender Caucus

  4. Kosambi Art and Culture Caucus

  5. Kosambi History Caucus

  6. Kosambi Law Caucus

  7. Kosambi Food Caucus

  8. Kosambi Political Economy Caucus

  9. Kosambi Writing Caucus

  10. Kosambi Sports Caucus

  11. Kosambi Health Caucus

  12. Kosambi Philosophy Caucus

  13. Kosambi Pedagogy Caucus

  14. Kosambi Ecosocialist Caucus

  15. Kosambi Capital Reading Caucus

  16. Kosambi Anarchism Caucus


Timeline and notes

  1. 28-01-2020

  2. 31-01-2020

  3. 16-02-2020

  4. 22-02-2020

  5. 08-03-2020

  6. 14-03-2020 and 15-03-2020

  7. 05-04-2020

  8. 17-04-2020

  9. 10-05-2020

  10. 22-05-2020

  11. 13-06-2020

  12. 20-06-2020

  13. 27-06-2020

  14. 19-07-2020

  15. 25-07-2020

  16. 16-08-2020

  17. 23-08-2020

  18. 30-08-2020

  19. 13-09-2020

  20. 27-09-2020

  21. 11-10-2020

  22. 25-10-2020

  23. 15-11-2020

  24. 29-11-2020

  25. 13-12-2020

  26. 20-12-2020

  27. 17-01-2021

  28. 21-02-2021

  29. 28-02-2021

  30. 14-03-2021

  31. 28-03-2021

  32. 11-04-2021

  33. 25-04-2021

  34. 16-05-2021

  35. 30-05-2021

  36. 13-06-2021

  37. 27-06-2021

  38. 18-07-2021

  39. 25-07-2021

  40. 08-08-2021

  41. 15-08-2021

  42. 29-08-2021

  43. 12-09-2021

  44. 26-09-2021

  45. 17-10-2021

  46. 31-10-2021

  47. 14-11-2021

  48. 28-11-2021

  49. 19-12-2021

  50. 26-12-2021

  51. 16-01-2022

  52. 30-01-2022

  53. 13-02-2022

  54. 27-02-2022

  55. 13-03-2022

  56. 27-03-2022

  57. 10-04-2022

  58. 24-04-2022

  59. 15-05-2022

  60. 29-05-2022

  61. 12-06-2022

  62. 26-06-2022

  63. 17-07-2022

  64. 31-07-2022

  65. 14-08-2022

  66. 28-08-2022

  67. 18-09-2022

  68. 02-10-2022

  69. 16-10-2022

  70. 30-10-2022


Readings covered till now


(Note: Please don't read uncritically and without context. The point is not to agree with everything anyone writes. The meeting notes above will help)


January '20

1. An excerpt from the graphic novel Red Rosa

2. What is fascism and how to fight it: a collection of writings from Leon Trotsky


February '20

3. The Manifesto of the Communist Party *Read this with the 1872 preface


March '20

4. Reform or Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg

5. Marxism and Politics by Ralph Miliband


April '20

6. Rabindranath Tagore: Nationalism in India

7. The National Question: Rosa Luxemburg

8. The Russian Tragedy: Rosa Luxemburg

9. The Rights of Nation to Self Determination: Lenin

10. Between Red and White: Trotsky Chapter 9

11. Selected articles on Assam and NRC (from Suraj Gogoi's reading list)

* http://www.freedomgazette.in/2020/01/caa-nrc-has-set-off-dangerous-identity-politics-in-the-northeast/

* https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-narrow-nationalism-again/article29394298.ece * https://fountainink.in/essay/a-register-most-flawed

* https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/the-state-needs-identity-politics-so-that-its-agenda-can-survive/cid/1702936


May '20

12. Wage Labour and Capital by Karl Marx

13. Science and Freedom: D D Kosambi's Exasperating Essays

14. Anatomy of an AI System by Kate Crawford

15. Notes from the Grundrisse (pages 690-698) on Fixed capital. Means of labour. Machine: Karl Marx

16. The Platform as Factory: Crowdwork and the Hidden Labour behind Artificial Intelligence by Moritz Altenried

17. Lying Eyes, The Victorian roots of facial recognition by Richard Woodall

18. Artificial Scapegoat by Anupam Guha

19. Capitalism’s New Clothes by Evgeny Morozov

20. A tale of two AI cities by Melissa Hellmann

21. (We)Work is a Scam by Eliza Levinson


June '20

22. Don’t Mention the War – Mike Beggs

23. What Do Bosses Do? – Stephen Marglin

24. The Origin of Capitalism – Ellen Meiksins Wood (pp 1-37)

25. The Keynesian Counterrevolution – Mike Beggs

26. The Left in A Foxhole – Geoff Mann

27. Introduction in Simon Clarke’s Keynesianism, Monetarism and the Crisis of the State (pg 1-20)


July '20

28. Anti delinking: Fantasies of Secession – Jamie Merchant

29. Pro delinking: Socialize Finance – J W Mason

30. Pro delinking: A Cautious Case for Economic Nationalism – J W Mason

31. Marxist Theories of Imperialism The chapters: Introduction, Luxemburg, Lenin, Dependency Theory


June/July recommended readings

State of Development Economics – Stephen Resnick

Introduction – Perlman, F. in Rubin’s Essays in Marx’s Theory of Value

The Political Economy of Capitalist Labour

Chapter 4 – Commerce or Capitalism in The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood


August '20

32. The Variety of Feminisms and their Contributions to Gender Equality, Judith Lorber

33. The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism, Heidi Hartmann

34. Feminism for the 99%, Cinzia Arruzza, Nancy Fraser, and Tithi Bhattacharya

35. Pages 67-77 (or Part V of Chapter 2), Michelle Barrett, Women's Oppression Today

36. Capitalism and the Gay Identity, John D'Emilio

37. Transition and Abolition, Jules Joanne Gleeson

38. “Minding Their Business: The unfinished battle for sex workers' rights” by Siddharth Dube

39. The Combahee River Collective Statement

40. Kinderkommunismus by K.D. Griffiths and J.J. Gleeson


September '20

41. Anthropology of Caste

42. The Mirage of a Caste-less Society

43. Competing Narratives of Caste in the 21st Century

44. Kosambi & The Question of Caste

45. David Mosse’s paper on The Modernity of Caste

46. Introduction from the Ants Among Elephants

47. Bridging the Unholy Rift by Anand Teltumbde

48. Ambedkar, Ambedkarites, Ambedkarism by Anand Teltumbde

49. Caste, Class, and Women's Liberation by Gail Omvedt

50. Prejudice Against Reservation Policies by Sukhadeo Thorat & others

51. Dalit Panther Manifesto


Recommended readings September

Annihilation of Caste

Does Untouchability exist among Muslims?

Sumit Guha's The Birth of Caste

Dumont, Guha, and The Danger of Stereotyping India

Dalit & Naxalite Movements in Andhra Pradesh

Introduction to Caste, Gender, and Indian Feminism by Anupama Rao

Caste, Class, and Property Relations by B.T. Ranadive


October '20

52. Chapter 6 and 7 of The Managed Heart by Arlie Hochschild

53. Emotion Work, Feeling Rules, and Social Structure by Arlie Hochschild

54. Chapter 3 and 4 of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber

55. Women mental health in India by Indira Sharma and Abhishek Pathak

56. Social Exclusion and Mental Health: The Unexplored Aftermath of Caste-based Discrimination and Violence by G C Pal

57. Good for nothing

58. Stop making sense by Paeder O'Grady

59. A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health by Mikkel Krause

60. How capitalism foments mental illness and discourages mental well-being

61. A history of drug advertising by Julie Donohue

62. Capitalism and mental health

63. A theory of mental health and monopoly capitalism

64. People Are Using ‘Pandemic Productivity’ as a Distraction From Grief, Vulnerability by Gretchen Walker

65. The Employment of people with mental illness by Geoffery Waghorn, Chris Lloyd

66. Disorder: Contemporary Fascism and the Crisis in Mental Health by Emma Dane York 67. The Impact of Decades of Political Violence on Palestinian Children in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by Thabet

68. Identifying depression symptoms among general population living in conflict zone in Jammu and Kashmir by Anood Tariq Wani, Tafazzul Hyder Zaidi


Also listen to these

Policing and racial trauma with Angela Davis

Social crisis, mental crisis


Recommended extra readings for October

The concept creep of emotional labour by by Arlie Hochschild

Where social justice meets mental health

What Fanon still teaches us about mental illness in post-colonial societies by Nigel Gibson, Roberto Beneduce

The Second Shift by Arlie Hochschild

Impact of advertising psychiatric drugs

Antidepressants and advertising by Nathan Greenslit, Ted Kaptchuk

The prevalence of ptsd and depression among Gaza children by Hamza, Elsantil, et al

Mapping children’s play and violence in Kashmir by Aatina Nasir Malik

Kashmir: Through the eyes of a Grand-daughter by Khadeeja Raina

I'm a dalit woman, and my mental health matters by Christina Dhanraj

All About Love by Bell Hooks


November '20

69. on Dadabhai Naoroji by Inderjeet Parmar

70. MPT Acharya: Reminiscences of a Revolutionary also, a clean transcription of this by Kosambi Circle people also, as the material is not the full story (we could not find the book) here is what happened to MPT after Morocco

71. The Indian Sociologist by A M Shah

72. History of the Anushilan Samiti

73. Virendranath Chattopadhyay

74. M.N. Roy and the Mexican Revolution: How a Militant Indian Nationalist Became an International Communist by Isabel Alonso

75. Naujawan Bharat Sabha and Hindustan Socialist Republican Association/Army (H.S.R.A.) by Ram Chandra

76. a. Formation of the CPI version 1920

76. b. Formation of the CPI version 1925

77. Origins of the RSP

78. The Meerut Conspiracy

79. Cellular Jail: Stories of Clemency and Betrayal by Zubair Ahmed (approximately covering 1930 to 1970)

80. The United Socialist Front: The CSP and the CPI by Vineet Kaitan D'mello

81. CPI and its mass Organizations – 1936-1947 by Arindam Datta

82. Tebhaga Movement in Bengal: A Retrospect by D. Bandyopadhyay

83. The Great Royal Indian Navy Mutiny of 1946 by Iqbal Javed

84. Mid-life crisis or terminal decline?: The Indian Communist movement from its foundation to-date by Nathalène Reynolds

85. State and the Making of Communist Politics in India, 1947-57 by J Alam

86. On the 1964 split

87. Communism in Kerala by Jitendra Singh

88. The Srikakulam movement. A Space within the Struggle: Women's Participation in People's Movements by Vindhya Undurti


Recommended extra readings for November

The Bomb in Bengal by Peter Heehs

An Early Communist Muzaffar Ahmad in Calcutta, 1913–1929 by Suchetana Chattopadhyay

The Swing Back, a critique of the 40s CPI by the RSP and CPM's own telling of that era

Telengana's People's Struggles and Its Lessons by P Sundarayya

Amar Bari Tomar Bari NaxalBari by Sumit Kumar

The Left in India's Freedom Movement and in Free India by E. M. S. Namboodiripad Unclaimed Harvest: An Oral History of the Tebhaga Women's Movement by Kavita Punjabi The Story of an Aborted Revolution: Communist Insurgency in Post independence West Bengal, 1948–50 by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

India’s Simmering Revolution by Sumanta Banerjee

From Popular Movements to Rebellion, Bengal in the 50s and the 60s by Ranabir Samaddar


December '20

89. Chapter 1 of The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin (2017 Ed), “The Private Life of Power” 90.Bad Romance by Lisa Featherstone (Content warning: there is mention of sexual violence in this)

91. Friendship: Development, Ecology, and Evolution of a Relationship by Daniel J. Hruschka

92. Make way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth by Alexandra Kollontai

93. The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism by Richard Sennett

94. The Care Manifesto

95. Chapter 6 of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value by David Graeber, “Marcel Mauss Revisited”


January '21

96. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 of An Antonio Gramsci Reader, selected writings, 1916-1935, Edited by David Forgacs

97. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky 98. Mythologies by Roland Barthes 99. Fascinating Fascism by Susan Sontag References For reading more on Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci by Quentin Hoare


February '21 100. The Necessity of Art by Ernst Fischer

101. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin

102. The Slow Cancellation of the Future by Mark Fisher (this is an essay in Chapter 00 of the book Ghosts of my Life)

103. Ideology of the Hindi Film: A Historical Construction by M Madhava Prasad

104. Cine Politics: On the Political Significance of Cinema in South India by M Madhava Prasad

March '21

105. Marxist Theories of Imperialism by Anthony Brewer

Chapter 8, 9, 10,11 (do the other chapters if you have time and want to learn the historical context) (*we did this last year in July as well, also focus on the chapters on contemporary theories)

106. Empire of Capital by Ellen Woods Chapter 1, 6, 7 (do the other chapters if you have time) 107. Critical Theory and the Critique of Anti-Imperialism by Marcel Stoetzler


April '21

108. On the conditions of possibility for worker organizing in platform-based gig economies by Neils van Doorn

109. Algorithmic Management, Employment, and the Self in Gig Work by Julia Tomassetti. This is Chapter 6 of Beyond the Algorithm

110. Turkopticon by Lilly Irani et al

111. The Platform as Factory: Crowdwork and the Hidden Labour behind Artificial Intelligence by Moritz Altenried

112. Left Populism and Platform Capitalism by Nick Dyer-Witheford

113. Chapters 8 and 9 of Platform Capitalism in India

114. Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek


May '21 115. Extractivism by Jeff Diamanti

116. Once Again on So-called “Extractivism” by Álvaro García Linera

117. Between the Devil and the Green New Deal by Jasper Bernes

118. Phantasmagorias of Energy: Toward a Critical Theory of Energy and Economy

119. Inside Out by Francis Tseng

120. Chapter 1 and 2 of Resource Radicals by Thea Riofrancos

121. Chapter 3 of Planetary Mine by Martin Arboleda

122. Resource geography II: What makes resources political? by Matt Huber

June '21

123. IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (read the executive summary of each chapter 1 to 7)

124. IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC (read the executive summary of each chapter 1 to 5)

125. Oceans that Keep Capitalism Afloat by Katy Fox-Hodess

126. Degrowth, postdevelopment, and transitions: a preliminary conversation by Arturo Escobar

127. Chapter 1 and 2 of Governing the Commons by Elinor Ostrom

128. Marx and Nature by McKenzie Wark

129. Why Dalits dislike environmentalists by Gail Omvedt

130. The Incorporation of Mountain Ecosystems into the Capitalist World by Wilma A Dunaway 131. The Socialist Case for Nuclear Energy

132. Nuclear scare stories are a gift to the truly lethal coal industry by George Monbiot

133. Western Ghats A Lifescape by Madhav Gadgil


July '21

134. Karl Marx and Religion by Cyril Smith

135. Introduction of A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right by Karl Marx

136. Theses On Feuerbach by Karl Marx

137. Marxism and Ancient Indian Culture by D D Kosambi

138. a) League of Militant Atheists,

b) Cultural Revolution in the Soviet Union,

and c) Hujum

139. Girl-Brides and Socio-Legal Change: Age of Consent Bill (1891) Controversy by Meera Kosambi

140. Remembering Tilak: 'The Father of India’s Revolution' (this piece is hagiography, do not read uncritically)

141. Harichand Thakur's Matua Movement and Dalit Awakening in Bengal by K K Thakur

142. Across borders, the turbulent journey of South Asia’s Matua community 143. Celebrating the ‘essence of Hinduism’: How 19th century Brahmo Samaj altered Bengali society

144. The Arya Samaj and the Antecedents of Hindu Nationalism by John Zavos

145. Navayana Buddhism and the Spread of Buddha Vihara in Maharashtra (this piece is badly edited, read with care)

146. This is why Dalit women are singing Tathagata Buddha songs in UP

147. Maulana Sayyid Abul A'La Maududi: An appraisal of histhought and political influence by Zohair Husain

148. Aligarh's "Notre Eminent Contemporain": Assessing Syed Ahmad Khan's Reformist Agenda by Mushirul Hasan


August '21

149. Part 1 and Part 2 of Hindu Nationalism: a Reader by Christophe Jaffrelot 150. Hindutva by V. D. Savarkar

151. India: Liberal Democracy and the Extreme Right by Aijaz Ahmed

152. Hindutva’s Foreign Tie-up in the 1930s by Marzia Casolari

153. Swami Vivekananda's Construction of Hinduism by Tapan Raychaudhuri, this is the first chapter of Swami Vivekananda and the Modernization of Hinduism

154. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India by Akshaya Mukul


September '21

155. "Exercise of Law" and "The Rule of Law" from Whigs and Hunters by E. P. Thompson (page 245-269)

156. "The Oral Shape of the Law" in The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories by Alessandro Portelli

157. "Defining Right as Wrong: Reflections on Associational Freedom and Free Speech" in The Wages of Impunity by K.G. Kannabiran

158. Progressive and Conservative Constitutionalism by Robin West (page 642-651)

159. Law and Political Economy: Towards a Manifesto

160. On the Human Rights Question by Paul O'Connell

161. The Right to Medicines in the Age of Neoliberalism (full symposium):

a) Article

b) Responses


October '21

162. Against the Logic of the Guillotine

163. Chapter 1, 2, and 7 of the Technique of Revolution by Curzio Malaparte

164. Bankruptcy of Individual Terrorism by Leon Trotsky

165. Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Terrorism and Communism by Leon Trotsky

166. The Russian Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg

167. Trotsky Protests Too much by Emma Goldman

168. The Legitimacy of Violence as a Political Act? by Noam Chomsky

169. War Is A Racket by Major General Smedley Butler

170. Noam Chomsky on institutional violence

171. Chapter 1, 6, 7, and 8 of The Production of Hindu Muslim Violence in Contemporary India by Paul Brass

172. Chapter 1, 2, and 6 of Rebels from the Mud Houses by George Kunnath

173. Worker Politics, Trade Unions and the Shiv Sena's Rise in Central Bombay by J Shaikh

174. Violent and Non-Violent Political Islam in a Global Context

175. Caste and Gender: Understanding Dynamics of Power and Violence

176. Chapter 10 of Direct Action: an Ethnography by David Graeber


November '21


177. First 3 chapters of Russia in revolution : an Empire in crisis, 1890 to 1928

178. Democratic centralism

179. First 3 chapters of What is to be Done? by V. I. Lenin

180. Organisational Questions of Russian Social Democracy by Luxemburg

181. The April Theses by V. I. Lenin

182. Chapters 4 to 6 of Russia in revolution : an Empire in crisis, 1890 to 1928

183. The Differences in the Communist Party of Germany by Pannekoek

184. Kronstatd

a) Trotsky on Kronstatd

b) Berkman on Kronstatd

c) Emma Goldman on Kronstatd

d) Victor Serge on Kronstatd

e) Lenin in New York Herald on Kronstatd

185. Worker's Opposition

a) Workers' Opposition by Alexandra Kollontai

b) 10th Party Congress resolutions

i) On Party Unity

ii) On the Syndicalist and Anarchist Deviation

c) Emma Goldman on Trade Unions in 1920

d) Trotsky on Trade Unions in 1922

186. Left wing communism an Infantile Disorder by V. I. Lenin (read page 10 to 105)

187. Open Letter to Comrade Lenin by Herman Gorter

188. The Fundamentals of Revolutionary Communism by Bordiga

189. Workers Control by Mattick

190. Council Communism by Mark Shipway


December '21


191. Logic and Ontology

192. Epistemology

193. Doing Philosophy: From Common Curiosity to Logical Reasoning by Williamson

Reread readings 135 and 136

Introduction of A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right by Marx

Theses On Feuerbach by Karl Marx 194. Think by Simon Blackburn

195. Philosophy of Science by Samir Okasha

196. Theory of Mind


Video

Metaethics

Philosophy for beginners

Peter Singer on Hegel and Marx


From 2022 new readings are numbered while repeats are mentioned


January '22 and February '22


(revision) The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Marx

(revision) Wage-Labor and Capital by Marx

(revision) Critique of the Gotha Program by Marx

197. The Paris Commune from the Civil War in France by Marx

198. Chapter One of Capital vol 1: Commodities

(revision) Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Engels

(revision) Theses on Feuerbach by Marx

(revision) Reform or Revolution by Luxemburg


(revision) Marxism and Politics by Miliband

199. The State and the Revolution by Lenin

200. State and the Revolution: Theory and Practice by Ian Mckay

201. Luxemburg versus Lenin by Mattick

(revision) What is Fascism and How to Fight It by Trotsky

202. Anatomy of Fascism by Robert Paxton

(revision) Chapters 6, 7, 8 of An Antonio Gramsci Reader, selected writings 1916-35, edited by David Forgacs


March '22 and April '22


(revision) The National Question: Rosa Luxemburg

(revision) The Rights of Nation to Self Determination: Lenin

(revision) Rabindranath Tagore: Nationalism in India

203. Chapters 4,5, and 6 of Russia in revolution : an Empire in crisis, 1890 to 1928

(revision) The Russian Tragedy: Rosa Luxemburg

(revision) Between Red and White: Trotsky Chapter 9

(revision) Selected articles on Assam and NRC (from Suraj Gogoi's reading list)

* http://www.freedomgazette.in/2020/01/caa-nrc-has-set-off-dangerous-identity-politics-in-the-northeast/

* https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-narrow-nationalism-again/article29394298.ece

* https://fountainink.in/essay/a-register-most-flawed

* https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/the-state-needs-identity-politics-so-that-its-agenda-can-survive/cid/1702936


204. Part 3 of Hindu Nationalism: a Reader by Christophe Jaffrelot (revision) Hindu Nationalism: a Reader by Christophe Jaffrelot

(revision) The Arya Samaj and the Antecedents of Hindu Nationalism by John Zavos

(revision) Maulana Sayyid Abul A'La Maududi: An appraisal of histhought and political influence by Zohair Husain

(revision) Aligarh's "Notre Eminent Contemporain": Assessing Syed Ahmad Khan's Reformist Agenda by Mushirul Hasan

(revision) Marxist Theories of Imperialism by Anthony Brewer

(revision) Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India by Akshaya Mukul


May'22 and June'22


205. Feminist Perspectives on Sex and Gender - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

(revision) Caste, Class, and Women's Liberation by Gail Omvedt

(revision) Prejudice Against Reservation Policies by Sukhadeo Thorat & others

(revision) Does Untouchability exist among Muslims?

(revision) Dalit & Naxalite Movements in Andhra Pradesh by Ajay Gudavarthy

(revision) Dumont, Guha, and the Danger of Stereotyping India by Krzysztof Iwanek

206. Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

207. Feminist Philosophy (Parts 1-3) - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

208. Chapter 6 of Seeing Like a Feminist by Nivedita Menon

209. Annihilation of Caste by B. R. Ambedkar

210. Chapter 1 and Chapter 6 of Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present by Sumit Guha

211. Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 of Caste, Culture, and Hegemony: Social Domination of Colonial Bengal by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Video

Gender Critical - Contrapoints


212. Caste in Modern India: A Reader by Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar Read these chapters of this book: Chapters 2, 3, 6, 11, 13 from Volume 1. Chapter 1, 5, 7, 10, 11 from Volume 2

Following authors are covered: Dirks, Bayly, Sumit Guha, Bernard Cohn, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, S J Patel, Nandini Gooptu, Anupama Rao, Sumit Sarkar, Jaffrelot


213. Castes of Mind by Dirks (revision) Kosambi and the Question of Caste by Kumkum Roy

214. The Social Basis of the Woman Question by Alexandra Kollontai

215. What is Socialist Feminism? by Barbara Ehrenreich (revision) The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism by Heidi Hartmann

(revision) Capitalism and the Gay Identity by John D'Emilio

(revision) Transition and Abolition by Jules Joanne Gleeson

(revision) Feminism for the 99% by Cinzia Arruzza, Nancy Fraser, and Tithi Bhattacharya


Recommended extra reading Read completely the books whose chapters are required readings Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age by Bayly


July'22 and August'22


(revision) on Dadabhai Naoroji by Inderjeet Parmar

(revision) MPT Acharya: Reminiscences of a Revolutionary also, a clean transcription of this by Kosambi Circle people also, as the material is not the full story (we could not find the book) here is what happened to MPT after Morocco

(revision) The Indian Sociologist by A M Shah

(revision) History of the Anushilan Samiti

(revision) Virendranath Chattopadhyay

(revision) M.N. Roy and the Mexican Revolution: How a Militant Indian Nationalist Became an International Communist by Isabel Alonso

216. Selected articles on pre 1920 events


(revision) Naujawan Bharat Sabha and Hindustan Socialist Republican Association/Army (H.S.R.A.) by Ram Chandra

(revision) a. Formation of the CPI version 1920 b. Formation of the CPI version 1925

(revision) Origins of the RSP

217. Wiki article on the Workers and Peasants Party

218. Wiki article on Shaukat Usmani

219. Muzaffar Ahmad’s Unexpected Turn in Life by Suchetana Chattopadhyay

220. A Lok Sabha booklet on Sripad Dange, this is a hagiography read critically

221. On ITUC by M N Roy later called AITUC 222. A Brief History of Workers’ Movements in India, with focus on Bengal

(revision) The Meerut Conspiracy

(revision) Cellular Jail: Stories of Clemency and Betrayal by Zubair Ahmed

(revision) The United Socialist Front: The CSP and the CPI by Vineet Kaitan D'mello

(revision) The Great Royal Indian Navy Mutiny of 1946 by Iqbal Javed

223. The Role of the Working Class in the Political Upsurges in Undivided India by Keka Bose


224. Wiki article on Hare Krishna Konar

(revision) Tebhaga Movement in Bengal: A Retrospect by D. Bandyopadhyay

225. The Swing Back, a critique of the 40s CPI by the RSP and CPM's own telling of that era

226. The Left in India's Freedom Movement and in Free India by E. M. S. Namboodiripad

227. The Story of an Aborted Revolution: Communist Insurgency in Post-independence West Bengal, 1948–501

(revision) Mid-life crisis or terminal decline?: The Indian Communist movement from its foundation to-date by Nathalène Reynolds

(revision) State and the Making of Communist Politics in India, 1947-57 by J Alam

(revision) On the 1964 split

(revision) Communism in Kerala by Jitendra Singh

(revision) The Srikakulam movement. A Space within the Struggle: Women's Participation in People's Movements by Vindhya Undurti

228. The CPI Congress alliance in India by Ouseph Varkey

229. No one killed the Dalits by Meena Kandasamy (71 pages)

230. Land Reform Law and Implementation in West Bengal page 40-60 (20 pages)

231. Bathani Tola (Bihar) (8 pages)

232. The Left Front Government by Ashok Rudra (4 pages)

233. The Communist Movement in India by Mohan Ram (15 pages)

234. The Left Front’s First Term in West Bengal (1971-1982) (8 pages)

235. Bal Thackeray, or, Why the Communists Did Nothing (5 pages)

236. On Shankar Guha Niyogi

237. The Naxalite Movement in Central Bihar by Bela Bhatia

238. The Burning Forest by Nandini Sunder, read Chapter 4,5,12,14 (60 pages)

239. Land Acquisition and Compensation in Singur: What Really Happened? by M Ghatak (40 pages)

240. Dwelling on Morichjhanpi by Annu Jalais (7 pages)

241. Mandal and the parties (2 pages)

Extra readings

The Bomb in Bengal by Peter Heehs

CPI and its mass Organizations – 1936-1947 by Arindam Datta

Telengana's People's Struggles and Its Lessons by P Sundarayya

An Early Communist Muzaffar Ahmad in Calcutta, 1913–1929 by Suchetana Chattopadhyay

The Long Haul by Rajani Bakshi Unclaimed Harvest: An Oral History of the Tebhaga Women's Movement by Kavita Punjabi

Amar Bari Tomar Bari NaxalBari by Sumit Kumar

India’s Simmering Revolution by Sumanta Banerjee

From Popular Movements to Rebellion, Bengal in the 50s and the 60s by Ranabir Samaddar


Programme for September and October 2022


Readings for 18 September


242. Chapters 1,2,3,4 of An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital by Michael Heinrich


Readings for 2 October

(revision) What Do Bosses Do? by Stephen Marglin

(revision) Don’t Mention the War by Mike Beggs

(revision) The Keynesian Counterrevolution by Mike Beggs

(revision) The Left in A Foxhole by Geoff Mann

(revision) Introduction in Simon Clarke’s Keynesianism, Monetarism and the Crisis of the State (pg 1-20)

(revision) Fantasies of Secession by Jamie Merchant

(revision) Critical Theory and the Critique of Anti-Imperialism by Marcel Stoetzler


Readings for 16 October

243. Empire of Capital by Ellen Woods

244. Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Woods


Readings for 30 October

(revision) Marxist Theories of Imperialism by Anthony Brewer