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Comrade Sak

Shapurji Saklatvala was the Black Communist MP who won the seat of Battersea North in 1922. Comrade Sak charts Saklatvala's movement from privileged Parsi beginnings in the Tata family to revolutionary communist and fierce critic of empire and colonialism.

Author(s)
Marc Wadsworth
ISBN
9781845235109
Pages
224
Price
Classification
Politics, History
Setting
England, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, India
Date published
17 Sep 2020

Comrade Sak charts Saklatvala's movement from privileged Parsi beginnings in the Tata family to revolutionary communist. It examines his quarrel with Gandhi over the goals and tactics of the Indian independence movement and Saklatvala's not always easy relationship to the Communist International. Above all, the study documents his role in a radical phase of British Labour politics and the traditions of local activism which made the Battersea North constituency such a congenial home.

Drawn from his speeches and letters, Saklatvala's passionate and radical voice speaks clearly to our times when the mainstream left is in retreat. His words and his life serve to remind us that the goals of ending inequality and making possible human liberation are too important to be consigned to historical memory. This new, revisedĀ 2020 edition replaces the 1998 publication.

What Marc Wadsworth brings to this study are the insights of an active participant in the contemporary struggles to define a Black position within the British Left. In exploring how Saklatvala negotiated the roles of Indian anti-imperialist, Black MP and Communist, Wadsworth has written an important study of Black Working Class history in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Marc Wadsworth

Marc Wadsworth is an award-winning Black rights campaigner, writer, broadcaster and BBC filmmaker.

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