A Revolutionary Criteria for Literature: A review of Mulk Raj Anand’s Coolie

By Meghna Chandra. In the popular Ted Talk “Danger of a Single Story”, feminist icon and author Chimamanda Adichie tells us of the the importance of representation in literature. She speaks of her own story growing up in Nigeria and reading books from the West, thinking all books were about foreigners with blonde hair who drank ginger beer and ate apples. She tells how stories … Continue reading A Revolutionary Criteria for Literature: A review of Mulk Raj Anand’s Coolie

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