The Struggle for a Positive Peace

By Nandita Chaturvedi. We live in times more precarious and dangerous than the era of the Cold War. Western imperialism continues to wreak havoc unchecked in the world we inhabit. There no longer exists a Soviet Union, which in the past had acted as a bulwark against imperialism. The world also lacks a principled organization of formerly colonized nations, united for the cause of peaceful … Continue reading The Struggle for a Positive Peace

World Peace Council: Theory and Practice for a Positive Peace

By Meghna Chandra and Jahanzaib Choudhry. Authors Note: The Organization for Positive Peace has chosen to study the archives of the World Peace Council for an example of how many nations, prominent intellectuals, community organizations, and peoples’ organizations came together to build a peace movement. We start with this organization because many freedom fighters like W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Ho Chi Minh, and Amilcar … Continue reading World Peace Council: Theory and Practice for a Positive Peace

Ho Chi Minh Through the Eyes of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Brandon Do. It is easy for us to become trapped in a perpetual state of hopelessness and despair when we haven’t realized there is a great world beyond us and the responsibility to change it rests in our hands. We have yet to be awakened to our responsibility to eliminate injustice and false values. A culture of identity politics weaponized by the ruling establishment … Continue reading Ho Chi Minh Through the Eyes of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Peace Movement in India: An Important Legacy

By Archishman Raju. The Peace Movement and Colonial Rule One of the early conferences of the world peace movement was held in New York in 1949, a Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace. The atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to a horrific end of the second world war–as well as the emerging cold war tensions between the … Continue reading The Peace Movement in India: An Important Legacy

Ramaiyya Vastavaiyya by Shailendra

The DUA collective presents a translation of Ramaiyya Vastavaiyya, a song from Raj Kapoor and Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’s movie Sree 420. DUA collective is studying the works of the Progressive Writers Association and how they brought the message of socialism, humanity, and peace to the Indian masses. Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, an artist, freedom fighter and avowed communist, was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru … Continue reading Ramaiyya Vastavaiyya by Shailendra

Raja-Yogi by Amrita Pritam

Below is the translation of an essay by Indian writer Amrita Pritam on her exchanges with the great Vietnamese revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh. This is but one example of our rich history of shared struggle and search for truth and freedom.This translation was done by the DUA collective as a part of our study of revolutionary South Asian literature and culture. The original is in … Continue reading Raja-Yogi by Amrita Pritam


In his tale Parīkṣā, Munshi Premchand gives an account of the Persian conqueror, Nadir Shah’s infamous massacre of Delhi in 1738. Premchand richly describes the decadence of Delhi in those days as built on the exploitation of the provinces. He describes a civilization in moral, psychological, and political decay—a civilization in collapse, a civilization not unlike our own. Below is the Dua Collective’s translation followed … Continue reading Pariksa