Heart To Heart
- Fifty years ago, in 1967, the first successful human to human heart transplant took place. South African cardiac surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the operation on a 53-year-old patient named Louis Washkansky at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on December 3.
This year we mark the centenary of the Champaran peasant satyagraha and the fiftieth anniversary of the Naxalbari peasant uprising. It may seem strange to mention these two landmark events of 20th century Indian history in the same bracket. Champaran is a recognised chapter of the anti-colonial movement that everybody likes to invoke and champion while Naxalbari remains an ominous nightmare for the entire establishment. Yet, on a closer look, we can clearly discern the thread linking these two landmarks of history.
The Champaran satyagraha underlined the crucial importance of the peasantry and the agrarian question in the anti-colonial awakening, but what is...