The Left in West Bengal and NSW

At elections finalized this weekend the ruling Left Front was soundly defeated in elections for the Indian state of West Bengal. I previously discussed Indian Communism here. The Left Front had governed the state since 1977. If NSW Labor won one election too many the Left Front probably won more than one. This interview with […]

End of a Communist era: Jyoti Basu

The death on Sunday of Jyoti Basu, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal 1977-2000 marks the end of an era in the history of the left within the old British Empire and its former colonies. Basu as a student in London in the 1930s was inspired by the […]

Indian Left at a loss

Earlier this year I had a chapter in The Politics and Culture of Globalisation; India and Australia.  The chapter addressed Indian Communism. Since then the Indian Left has suffered a severe setback in the national elections. The alliance of the two Communist parties (the CPI(Marxist) and the CPI), the All India Forward Bloc and the […]