Auritro Majumder on The Age of the Sickle: Postcoloniality, Culture and Marxism in Bengal
The world's longest democratically elected Communist government, in the Indian province of West Bengal, was voted out of power in 2011. The present moment, marked by ideological debates among various parliamentary and non-parliamentary Communist groups, is crucial for the Left's future, both in West Bengal and beyond. This talk explores how Marxism came to occupy the cultural centrality it did in late colonial and post-colonial Bengal, and how the construction of a historically specific social imaginary of egalitarianism and decolonization marked the legacy of the Left.
Department of English, Syracuse University
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Co-Sponsor
South Asia Center, Co-Sponsor