Category Archives: Revolutionary Culture & Cultural Work

A Holy Triumvirate: Class, Caste and Patriarchy in Modern Indian Society

Anti-Caste Movement of India

The following is an essay by Sharmistha Choudhury of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). It was published as part of their work in the Anti-Caste Movement in India. In this essay comrade Choudhury explains the role of caste and patriarchy in modern Indian class society, and the organic relationship that exists between class, caste and patriarchy (as well as indirectly traditional Hindu religion).

As usual though the posting of his essay should not be taken as an endorsement of the line of the CPI(ML).

(* Please read ‘lower castes’ and ‘upper castes’ as ‘so-called lower castes’ and ‘so-called upper  castes’ for obvious reasons.) 

Class, caste and patriarchy share an organic relationship, especially in the context of the Indian subcontinent. While the toiling classes have traditionally belonged to the lower castes, the trading classes and the propertied classes have generally corresponded with the upper castes.  Read the rest of this entry

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Awit ng Kadamay – Song of the Filipino Urban Poor

Last summer 3 correspondents from BASICS News in Canada went to the Philippines to report on the social conditions and the people who are organizing to change their society in the interest of the oppressed. This is a short documentary of the situation of the urban poor in the Philippines as told through a song written by Boy Tan, a long time cultural worker in the urban poor movement.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley

Art by Kevin "Rashid" Johnson

It just so happens that on 6th of this month that we celebrate as African Liberation Month we also remember and celebrate the life of a great revolutionary African voice, Robert Nesta Marley, aka Bob Marley. Bob was a true African patriot and a deeply spiritual revolutionary who stood against all of the corrosive effects of imperialist white power in the world. Through his music and his words Bob helped to spread the vision of a unified Africa, liberated from 500 years of crushing colonial and neocolonial oppression.

Even though he never picked up a gun he still fought for the liberation of the oppressed in his own way. However, Bob knew where the struggle was, and what it would take to achieve total liberation. As he said in Zimbabwe Read the rest of this entry