Volume 2: Number 1                 November 1, 1998

In this Issue...
Omvedt and Liberalization Natarajan, Faolain and Philip
The Biggest Corporate Takeover Basav Sen
Vanaik Book Review Vijay Prashad
Taxi Strike Biju Mathew


The Forum of Indian Leftists (FOIL) is now three years old. It was conceived of as "a coalition of people whose main point of agreement (was) a commitment to social justice and activity". FOIL was visualized as "a clearinghouse for radical Indian activists in the United States, Canada and England". We have of course been enriched now by the entry of a number of members from India itself, as well as from other parts of the world. The organization has grown in size, in complexity and in composition, and these new developments make it imperative for us to rethink the organization and its structure. The following then, represents Ghadar's attempts to highlight some of existing FOIL activities, and call for the identification of others.

Email (List-server): Given the geographical dispersion of its members, FOIL was principally embodied in a list-server ( Over time, however, the List-server itself has emerged as one of the projects of FOIL, serving as a space for discussion, information, and the mobilization of support for various petitions and rallies. Raju Rajan ( coordinates the list-server.

Web: Sharmila ( and Rahul ( coordinate the ProXSA website (, a site that has much promise, but many unfinished links. We desperately need volunteers who will generously offer their time, intellectual inputs and offers of assistance to this project. In addition to the above site, we also recommend two other sites maintained by FOILers SP Udayakumar ( and Harsh Kapoor (

Other activities: Our other projects are listed at In particular, we would urge you to assist in a) writing regularly for newspapers catering to the Indian expatriate population in the US (Amitava Kumar, is point-person) b) trying to invite FOIL speakers to your campuses and communities (Vijay Prashad, will provide speakers) c) writing, performing or commissioning cultural performances such as dance, drama or song (Raju Sivasankaran, coordinates) d) organizing young activists through solidarity training programs (Sunaina Maira, can help) and e) getting more involved in Ghadar as an editor or a contributor(call Priya Gopal,

IN ADDITION, IF YOU HAVE ANY OF YOUR OWN PROJECTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE FOIL MEMBERS TO HELP WITH, OR ANY PROJECTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO START UP AS FOIL PROJECTS, PLEASE FEEL FREE. For the moment, a line dropped to will suffice to set things in motion. FOIL is first and foremost an activist organization, let us not allow our organizing imperatives to flag. To do so at this juncture would be to admit defeat to the currently resurgent forces of right-wing fascism.

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