Comrade Sak: a political biography

Written by Barbara Humphries for Labour Briefing on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Saklatvala was an example of a Black labour movement activist who saw solidarity between white and Black workers as essential to combating racism and imperialism in Britain. Stories of Black activists in the movement have been sometimes hidden from history...


Saklatvala is seen by Marc Wadsworth as a role model for Black activists in the labour movement. He always insisted that the interests of workers in Britain and India were one and the same, and that wage cuts in the Indian textile industry would be followed by cuts imposed on workers in the Lancashire cotton mills.


There have been several attempts to create a memorial to Saklatvala. In the 1980s councillors in Lambeth, supporters of Labour Party Black Sections, wanted to name a park after him but they were not successful.