Other Writings

Kanhaiya Kumar Stands in a Tradition Beyond the Nation-State

When an old friend called from Delhi with the news that Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the student union of my alma mater, JNU, had been arrested and charged with sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, what struck me was that he was in excellent company — in terms of his past and his present.  Read Full Article Here.

The day I said goodbye to a country I could no longer call home

What waiting for hours in a crowded courtroom to become a citizen taught me about America.  Read Full Article here.


How Our Universities Teach Violence

In response to the recent shooting on her campus, she examines the way violence is taught on campus, in ways that aren't even questioned. Read Full Article here.


What's the Matter with Indiana? with Bill V. Mullen

How a Republican governor hostile to public education became the president of Purdue University.
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The Relevance of Harry Potter

How do historians understand how people lived or, or more importantly what they thought, in the past? For most of human history the vast majority of ordinary people, as opposed to members of the ruling class, did not know how to read or write, so they did not leave us any written record of their lives or thoughts. One useful way in which historians understand the ideas of those times is to look at their version of “pop culture”: i.e. folk-tales, songs or stories. Even the most pedantic ivy-tower academic will agree that if a particular narrative (story, song, ballad) was popular during a time then the sentiments embodied in that narrative resonated deeply with the people of that time.  So what can we say about the people of our times when we look at the unquestionable planetary popularity of Harry Potter?
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Let There be Uproar

On September 20, 2014, 100,000 people marched in Kolkata, India against police violence and for gender justice.  I have known the city all my life and have not known of a demonstration of that size since the 1960s.  Read Full Article here.


Can we reverse the labor setback in Indiana? with Bill V. Mullen

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Why organized labor's strategy failed in stopping "right-to-work" legislation that passed in Indiana.  Read Full Article here.


What do socialists say about violence?

At the outset, let us be clear: socialists are completely opposed to a tiny minority violently attacking a peaceful majority. This is what the ruling class, a tiny minority, does on an everyday basis when they attack a peaceful majority of ordinary people in any country with policy decisions that wreck lives, or bombs that decimate civilizations. In every such instance, as revolutionary socialists, we oppose the violence of the ruling class.  But what about the violence from our side? How do we feel about violence when it comes from the oppressed? Read Full Article here.