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Scripting the Change: Selected Writings of Anuradha Ghandy

978-93-81144-10-7 (Hb)
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Anand Teltumbde and Shoma Sen (eds.)
Daanish Books

About the Book

In this great democracy of ours, Anuradha Gandhy was what is known as a ‘Maoist terrorist,’ liable to be arrested, or, more likely, shot in a fake ‘encounter’ like hundreds of her colleagues have been … Reading through [her writings]… you catch glimpses of a mind of someone who could have been a serious scholar or academic who was overtaken by her conscience and found it impossible to sit back and merely theorize about the terrible injustice she saw around her. These writings reveal a person who is doing all she can to link theory and practice, action and thought.
Arundhati Roy, New Delhi

Anuradha Ghandy’s life and work stands as an example for a generation of Indian revolutionaries. But more than that she has directly contributed to the development of the Indian revolutionary movement in significant ways. Take the caste issue. Anuradha was one of the new generations of revolutionaries that in practical political activity gained and formulated an insight that helped the movement to move forward from the former narrow economism in the perception of caste of the old CPI to a new and broader understanding of the class role of the superstructure. ...her writing contains much more. It is necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand the present situation in India.
Jan Myrdal, Sweden


Foreword: “….But Anuradha was different” Arundhati Roy (Download PDF)
Remembering Anuradha Ghandy: Friend, Comrade, Moving Spirit

Section 1: Caste

Caste Question in India
The Caste Question Returns
Movements against Caste in Maharashtra
When Maharashtra Burned for Four Days
Dalit Fury Scorches Maharashtra: Gruesome Massacre of Dalits
Mahars as Landholders

Section 2: Women

Philosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement
The Revolutionary Women’s Movement in India
8 March and the Women’s Movement in India
International Women’s Day: Past and Present
Fascism, Fundamentalism and Patriarchy
Changes in Rape Law: How far will they Help?
Cultural Expression of the Adivasi Women in the Revolutionary Movement
In Conversation with Comrade Janaki
Working Class Women: Making the Invisible Visible
Women Bidi Workers and the Co-operative Movement: A Study of the Struggle in the Bhandara District Bidi Workers’ Co-operative

Section 3: Miscellaneous

A Pyrrhic Victory: Government Take-Over of Empress Mills
Empress Mills: What Misstatements?
Inchampalli-Bhopalapatnam Revisited
Season: Tendupatta; Pimp: The State
Can Revolution be prevented by Blocking the Roads to Kamalapur?
Gagging People’s Culture
People’s Struggles in Bastar
The Bitter Lessons of Khaparkheda
Working Class Anger Erupts
Workers’ Upsurge against Changes in Labour Laws
Prices Make the Poor Poorer
Rape and Murder — ‘Law And Order’ of the Day
A Time to Remember
Brahmin Sub-Inspector Tramples Dalit Flag
Small Magazines: A Significant Expression of the People’s Culture
Deaths in Police Custody in Nagpur
Cotton Flower … the Best Flower! … ?
Practical Socialism: Not Socialism but Pure Fascism