Aruna Asaf Ali: Building a New Vanguard for Peace

By Archishman Raju. The Indian freedom struggle is usually associated with the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Bhagat Singh. These figures are sometimes seen to be in opposition to each other. Aruna Asaf Ali is a name who is not known, or discussed, but she lived to participate both in India’s struggle for freedom and the task of building a nation after independence. … Continue reading Aruna Asaf Ali: Building a New Vanguard for Peace

2016: Crack in the Mirror of White Supremacy

By Meghna Chandra. Alas, my stricken kinsmen, the party is over: there have never been any white people, anywhere: the trick was accomplished with mirrors– look: where is your image now? where your inheritance, on what rock stands this pride? “Stagerlee wonders”, James Baldwin In September 2016, Hilary Clinton called Donald Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables”, the “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic— you name … Continue reading 2016: Crack in the Mirror of White Supremacy

The Black Freedom Movement: Progressing Revolutionary Thought

By Nandita Chaturvedi. Revolutions against oppressive governments of the 20th and 21st century have taken on two distinct forms. The first is what one usually imagines when the word ‘revolution’ is uttered: a violent take-over of the state by a revolutionary vanguard, as was the case with the Russian and Cuban revolutions. The second is a transfer of power to a mass organization that follows … Continue reading The Black Freedom Movement: Progressing Revolutionary Thought

Rabindranath Tagore and the West

By Hridesh Kedia. Rabindranath Tagore, the Bard of Bengal, is one of the greatest poets of the modern age. Tagore’s was the authentic voice of India’s civilization, as “clear and true and unaffected as the utterances of the Upanishads three thousand years ago, its wisdom unobscured by the dust of centuries”. His songs carry an invocation to the inexorable moral law which governs all life, … Continue reading Rabindranath Tagore and the West

I Want to be Chinese

By Emily Dong. I am Chinese. But I am also American: I was born and raised in the country, shaped by distinctly American values, and that makes me able to see and understand young people in this country. Young people in the U.S. are more familiar with the “inevitability” of war and the “necessity” of machines than they are of this country’s great freedom fighters … Continue reading I Want to be Chinese

Vietnamese Americans and the Price of Becoming White

By Brandon Do. James Baldwin, the voice of the Black Liberation Struggle, said in conversation with Nikki Giovanni:  “The standards of the civilization into which you are born are first outside of you, and by the time you get to be a man they’re inside of you. You know, what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and … Continue reading Vietnamese Americans and the Price of Becoming White

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