HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Challenges Facing the Left: Remembering Praful Bidwai
Human Rights Day was marked on December 10 with the Bangalore release of Praful Bidwai’s posthumously published book The Phoenix Moment: Challenges Confronting The Indian Left: (http://www.prafulbidwai.org/index.php).
Praful’s death on 23 June this year was met with widely felt shock in South Asia and elsewhere as his courageous journalism, environmental activism and anti-nuclear as well as anti-communal activism had won him vast numbers of admirers across the subcontinent and the globe. His latest book, The Phoenix Moment, investigates whether the Left’s core agenda of progressive or socialist transformation can yet be reinvented andrestored to relevance – either with its own agency or through other forces, formations and initiatives.
The following were the distinguished panelists who spoke on that day:
• Lawrence Surendra, Social Scientist
• Saumya Uma, Asst. Professor, National Law School of India University, and Assistant Director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy
• Suvrat Raju, Physicist, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
• G.N. Nagaraj, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader
• Cynthia Stephen, Independent writer and researcher chaired the session.
Alternative Law Forum, Environment Support Group, Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, New Socialist Alternative, People’s Solidarity Concerns, People’s Union for Civil Liberties and others were associated with the event which drew an enthusiastic audience.