What is Karl Marx’s legacy in India, today? Since India became a modern country as we know it, in 1947, Marxism has been a permanent fixture of Indian politics, from the parliamentary communism of West Bengal’s Jyoti Basu, to the militant Marxism of the Naxalbari Naxals. Just more than a century before India became independent, Marx and Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto, a book that has had a disproportionate impact on both academia and politics. Marx is more than a mere spectator; he is a mover and a shaker even two centuries after his birth.
Through this book, we aim to garner critical insights into what Marx means to you. You don’t have to be an academic or a politician to have an informed opinion. Feel free to quote extensively from Marx’s works, to interpret them in the light of historic and contemporary issues in India, and to parse his work for what it means to be Indian. We want to read what you have to write. All we request is that you keep the work formal and intellectual, while emphasising the personal and historical significance of your writing.
Some of the critical essays we really like are Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s The Weight of James Arthur Baldwin, which marries the personal and the critical in a manner that gleams intimate insights. Another essay we really like is Arundhati Roy’s Gandhi, But With Guns.
Submission Deadline: March 31.
Minimum Word Count: 1,500 words.
All submissions sent to us must be formatted in the following way:
- Author details: Name, Address, Phone Number, E-Mail, and Word Count in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.
- Page Size: A4.
- Page Numbers: Centre of the footer.
- Line Spacing: Double.
- Font: Garamond, Baskerville, or similar serif font.