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_John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Asher, Pattie Boyd, Maureen Starkey and/e Mal Evans; The Beatles; India/Índia; Rishikesh; George Harrison’s birthday party/Festa de aniversário do George Harrison; February 25th 1968/25 de fevereiro de 1968.

_Source/Fonte: Solo Beatles Photos Forum.

_George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Cynthia Lennon, Pattie Boyd and/e Maureen Starkey; India/Índia; Rishikesh; George Harrison’s birthday party/Festa de aniversário do George Harrison; February 25th 1968/25 de fevereiro de 1968.

_George Harrison’s smile/O sorriso do George Harrison.

_Source/Fonte: Solo Beatles Photos Forum.

I don’t really post my thoughts on tumblr but I’ve been doing a good amount of research into modern South Asia and I just gotta talk about it, particularly Swami Vivekananda who I have rediscovered in a secular context during my studies.

Swami Vivekananda is a severely underutilized resource by leftists, outside the Vedantan and Hindutva traditions he is basically unheard of, which really is a shame. His perception of spiritual capacity as innate to all people and not determined by caste, faith or ethnicity was huge in its effect on the 19th century Hindu reform movements as well as the struggle against colonialism and caste discrimination, particularly the Dalit rights movement.

His rejection of colonialism using a syncretism of native Hindu thought and anti-capitalist thought influenced the majority of Indian nationalist and revolutionary thinkers and helped recover the intellectual confidence of an entire group of colonized peoples, while also remaining critical of the deep inequalities of pre-colonial Indian society and promoting a programme of the liquidation of privileges of the propertied classes and giving the toilers their due share in the national wealth.

He, in the 1890s, predicted and supported Sudra(workers/peasants) revolutions but said that Marx was wrong in where they would happen. Saying that instead of in industrialized Western European states, that sudras/workers would seize power in either Russia or China first.

In 1893 he was a delegate for Hinduism at the world parliament of religions, which in many respects was a convention influenced in equal parts by western Christian chauvinism and orientalism; the intent being to put a series of foreign religions on display and then debated into submission by westerners. But he spoke so convincingly and well that he essentially leveled the playing field and allowed for a degree of authentic interfaith dialogue at a conference designed to assert Christianity as dominant.

The intellectual and revolutionary history of India is so remarkably rich and so often ignored. Leftists tend to see India as only Gandhi, Nehru and the Naxals but thinkers like Vivekananda offer valuable historical, theological and ideological insights and contributions not only to our understanding of modern India but the effects of colonization on people’s identities, religious and social practices as well as society as a whole. Everyone from Hindutva nationalists to the Gandhians to the various Communist Parties of India hail him as a revolutionary thinker and the base of their respective ideologies.

Modern leftists should really utilize his socio-political works, as his philosophical contributions were central in the foundations of one of the largest and most impactful anti-colonial struggles in history. The CPI stated, “That there is enough food and ammunition in Vivekananda’s works to last all who are searching for India’s social, cultural and spiritual development.” Vivekananda was a revolutionary, a socialist and a proponent of state secularism, while also being a key figure in reforming Hinduism and Vedanta towards social action and inclusivity. His influences can be found in nearly every contemporary Indian political movement. I would go as far as saying that Vivekananda’s impact on South Asian intellectualism and philosophy is similar to that of Kant’s impact on the development of western philosophy, in that almost every thinker and intellectual movement after him is either based on or addresses Vivekananda’s works on spirituality, humanism, nation, and ethics.

_John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cynthia Lennon, Jane Asher, Maureen Starkey and/e Mal Evans; India/Índia; Rishikesh; George Harrison’s birthday party/Festa de aniversário do George Harrison; February 25th 1968/25 de fevereiro de 1968.

_Source/Fonte: Solo Beatles Photos Forum.

Who was Ibrahim Kaypakkaya?

In his own words - what was his World like? 

Ibrahim Kaypakkaya was the founder of TKP/ML TIKKO.

He was a revolutionary who’s  place in the class struggle can never be erase, no matter how the fascists tried to destroy him, his teachings and his memory are immortal in the deeds and stories and songs of the revolutionary democratic people throughout Turkey, Kurdistan, and Rojava.

On this day he was murdered, and even through the worst torture did not betray his comrades, so that TKP/ML TIKKO (and MKP) can continue to fight in the Rojava Revolution to this day and overthrow the Turkish State with the People’s United Revolutionary Movement.