Vijay Prashad

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Vijay Prashad

বিজয় প্রসাদ
Born14 August 1967
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Political orientationMarxism

Vijay Prashad (born 14 August 1967) is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator, and Marxist intellectual. He is an executive-director of The Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the chief editor of LeftWord Books.

Early life

Prashad was ten years old when the Left Front won the elections in his home state of West Bengal. In 1981, he bought his first copy of Capital and read it along with John Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World and Marx's writings on the Paris Commune.[1]


  • (2020) Washington Bullets (LeftWord Books) with preface by Evo Morales Ayma.
  • (2019) Red Star Over the Third World (Pluto Press)
  • (2017) Will the Flower Slip Through the Asphalt: Writers Respond to Climate Change (New Delhi: LeftWord Books).
  • (2017) Red October: The Russian Revolution and the Communist Horizon (New Delhi: LeftWord Books)
  • (2017) Land of Blue Helmets: the United Nations in the Arab World (co-edited with Karim Makdisi) (University of California Press).
  • (2016) The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution (University of California Press)
  • (2016) Communist Histories, vol. 1 (New Delhi: LeftWord Books).
  • (2015) No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (LeftWord Books).
  • (2015) Letters to Palestine (Verso Books).
  • (2013) Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso). Foreword by Boutros-Boutros Ghali.
  • (2012) Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today. (The New Press)
  • (2012) Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, (AK Press)
  • (2007) The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World, The New Press
  • (2003), Keeping up with the Dow Joneses: Stocks, Jails, Welfare, South End Press
  • (2003), Namaste Sharon: Hindutva and Sharonism under US Hegemony, LeftWord Books
  • (2002) Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity, Beacon Press
  • (2002) Fat Cats and Running Dogs: The Enron Stage of Capitalism, Zed Books
  • (2002), War against the Planet: The Fifth Afghan War, Imperialism and Other Assorted Fundamentalism, Manohar
  • (2002), Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community, Oxford University Press
  • (2000), The Karma of Brown Folk, University of Minnesota Press


  1. Vijay Prashad (2017). Red Star over the Third World: 'Memories of Communism' (p. 126). [PDF] New Delhi: LeftWord Books.