The Satara Prati Sarkar

Liberation will be serialising this seminal article by the late Dr Gail Omvedt in its coming issues as part of its Freedom 75 series. Below is a short introduction by activist Bharat Patankar, who was Gail’s life partner.

[In the background of the ongoing debate about “freedom” and its arrival on the stage of history of India, this research paper by Dr. Gail Omvedt becomes very important contribution, revealing lesser known aspects of the freedom movement.

The 1921 Munshiganj Peasant Massacre in Rae Bareli

While addressing nation through video telecast on the eve of Guru Parab on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced repealing of the three black farm laws that had fuelled the rebellion of farmers in India. These laws were a step in the direction of corporatization of the farming sector. Ever since these laws were promulgated, farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh rallied in large groups towards the capital; stopped there, they staged a sit-in at the borders of Delhi till the laws were repealed.

Carry Forward the Radical Legacy of India's Freedom Movement

The Modi government has turned the seventy fifth anniversary of India’s independence into a massive exercise of rewriting and hijacking India’s history. The ideological and organisational predecessors of today’s BJP hardly played any role in India’s anti-colonial national awakening, busy as they were collaborating with the colonial rulers and assisting them in executing their ‘divide and rule’ strategy by dividing and derailing secular Indian nationalism with their politics of Hindutva or Hindu supremacist communal nationalism.