Gorky in the lower depths of mother Russia

Maxim Gorky was arguably the most famous writer in the world at the turn of the 20th century. His novel Mother inspired millions of workers for generations. His play The Lower Depths, was among the first plays to detail the lives of the lower classes in a very realistic, unromantic manner.  But Gorky is now more or less forgotten. How did this happen? A key to this lies in the answers to the following questions: Why did Gorky, who had severely criticized the October 1917 revolution, go back to Russia under the regime of Joseph Stalin? Why did the man who would publicly denounce such gifted men as Lenin and Trotsky, succumb to the guile of the much less gifted (and more ruthless) Stalin? Continue reading Gorky in the lower depths of mother Russia

Re-Modeling Iqbal: Why Iqbal is too important to be given up!

Dr Muhammad Iqbal wrote the national song of India, has been declared the national poet of Pakistan, and served as the intellectual influence for Iran’s  revolutionaries. However, over the last few years, there has been an ever-growing allergy towards Iqbal among the liberal sections of Pakistan

Iqbal is presently claimed by the right; in the past he was also strongly claimed by the left. Now, since there is no Continue reading Re-Modeling Iqbal: Why Iqbal is too important to be given up!