Reading Mythili Sivaraman on Red Books Day

︎ February 21, 2022

︎ 6:30 PM IST

︎ Online


Online Book Discussion | February 21 | 6:30 PM IST | Haunted by Fire: Essays on Caste, Class, Exploitation, and Emancipation by Mythili Sivaraman | Dr. Kalpana Karunakaran | V GeethaChintaBAR invites you all to an online discussion of the book 'Haunted by Fire: Essays on Caste, Class, Exploitation, and Emancipation' by Mythili Sivaraman on the occasion of Red Books Day. February 21 is celebrated across the globe as Red Books Day to mark the publication of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848. Red Books Day celebrates left books, their authors, and the people's movements they ushered forward."Haunted by Fire", published by the Leftword and compiled by V. Geetha and Dr. Kalpana, is a collection of Mythily Sivaraman's essays ranging from agrarian unrest, caste oppression, land, labour and wages, the centrality of class struggle, the early promise of change, the radical course of left struggles, the coercive apparatus of the state, issues of impunity, and the way the Emergency worked out on the ground.Speakers:Dr. Kalpana Karunakaran, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT MadrasV Geetha, Social Activist, Writer, and Editorial Director, Tara BooksDate and Time: February 21, 6:30 PM ISTMythili Sivaraman's life and work inspire all those working in progressive democratic movements. Her innumerable contributions to the women's movement, trade unionism, and anti-caste activism are exemplary. She was also a voracious writer contributing significantly to the study of agrarian and land relations and its links with caste-based oppression, the question of women's liberation and gender oppression, etc. She also founded a journal named "The Radical Review." Her work is a must read for all those trying to understand oppression and liberation in the Indian context. She co-founded the All-India Democratic Women's Association and has led many struggles in Tamil Nadu. She was instrumental in bringing out the atrocities during the Kilvenmani Massacre, in which the upper caste landlords brutally killed 44 Dalit agricultural workers with tacit state support in the district of Nagapattinam, TN. She was also with the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and has led many significant militant workers' struggles in and around Chennai. Her work as a trade unionist is often overlooked and has many important lessons to the younger generation of activists and political workers.

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