Comrade Sak charts Shapurji Saklatvala’s movement from privileged Parsi beginnings as a member of the mega rich Tata dynasty 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 and municipal socialism, which made his Battersea North constituency such a welcoming home.
Drawing from his speeches and writings, Saklatvala’s passionate and radical voice speaks clearly to our times when left-wing politics is in retreat. His words and life serve to remind us that the goals of ending inequality and making possible human liberation are too important to be consigned to forgotten history. This comprehensively revised 2020 edition replaces the 1998 publication.
What Marc Wadsworth brings to the study are the insights of an active participant in the contemporary struggles to define a “political Black” position within the British Left. In exploring how Saklatvala negotiated the roles of Indian anti-imperialist, Indian British MP and communist, Wadsworth has written an important study of African, Caribbean and Asian working class history in the 1920s and 1930s.
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*Marc uses the term ‘Black’ in the political sense to refer to all non-white people in Britain.
About Marc Wadsworth
Marc Wadsworth is an award-winning Black rights campaigner, writer, broadcaster and BBC filmmaker. He was a founder of the Labour Party Black Sections and led the organisation for two years, including when four of its members made history by being elected MPs in 1987. The Black Agenda document he edited was published a year later. In 1991, he founded the Anti-Racist Alliance, Europe’s largest Black-led movement, and helped the parents of murdered Black teenager Stephen Lawrence set up their campaign for justice and introduced them to Nobel prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. In 2006, Wadsworth launched The-Latest.Com, Britain’s first dedicated citizen journalism website, which he edits. He co-founded Grassroots Black Left, a successor to the Labour Party Black Sections, in 2017. Wadsworth is chair of the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members Council. The author of Comrade Sak, Shapurji Saklatvala MP, a political biography, he is keen on uncovering Black hidden histories and has made two films about African Caribbean Second World War veterans, one of them broadcast several times by BBC Television. Marc appears on television and radio as a political commentator. He has a King’s College masters degree in contemporary British history, passed with a distinction, is an associate fellow in the University of Warwick’s Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and guest lectures in Britain and abroad.