Vijay Prashad

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Vijay Prasad

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. His most recent book is "The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World," New York: The New Press, 2007[1].

Vijay Prashad is a contributor to Political Affairs, the theoretical journal of the Communist Party USA[2].

He is a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Early life

Vijay Prasad was born and raised in Calcutta.


Pomona College '89, History/Mathematics.

University of Chicago '94, History/Anthropology.

No Cold War campaign


Understanding China's Socialism

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John Ross, Su Yue, Vijay Prasad, Tings Chak, Radhika Desai, Kenny Coyle, Joshua Jackson, Carlos Martinez.

China's Great Road

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The People's Forum June 2 2021·

Book Launch: China's Great Road >> Tomorrow at 7PM ET

Join us in conversation to celebrate the launch of China's Great Road: Lessons for Marxist Theory and Socialist Practices by author and economist John Ross.

With John Ross (author), Wang Wen (Renmin University of China), Radhika Desai (Renmin University of China), Vijay Prashad (Executive Director of Tricontinental), and Brian Becker (Director of the ANSWER Coalition).

No to the New Cold War

Twitter advertisement for No to the New Cold War Zoom Meeting

Vijay Prashad was a featured speaker at an anti-American, pro-China event called No to the New Cold War, which is affiliated to Code Pink and the ANSWER Coalition.

From their website as of July 25 2020:[3]

"This event will see some leading analysts from China, the US, Britain, India, Russia, Canada, Venezuela and Brazil come together to discuss how to counter the New Cold War."

Electoral Strategy in a Global Pandemic


Electoral Strategy in a Global Pandemic

Organizing Upgrade was live April 8 2020.

Now is the time to move beyond demands to strategy. Join us for the next episode of This is Not a Drill: LIVE as we talk 2020 political strategy in the face of a global pandemic, with hosts Adam Gold and Rishi Awatramani and an all-star guest line-up that includes Vijay Prashad, Phillip Agnew, Angela Lang, and Laurel Wales.


Pioneer Valley Workers Center March 21 2019·


With Lisa Baskin, Rose Goldstein Bookbinder, Claudia Lefko, Bob Gardner, Amy Goodman, Vijay Prashad, Frances Crowe, Ben Moss-Horwitz, Chuku Ploos and Lois Ahrens.

Political Affairs

In December 1996, Vijay Prasad contributed to the Political Affairs magazine.[4]

In September 1997, Vijay Prasad Boma, raised in Calcutta, wrote an article entitled "Mother Teresa: A Communist View".

Political Affairs is the online magazine of the Communist Party USA network and has also appeared as a monthly journal since at least the 1940's under an earlier name. The network includes the Communist Party USA, the Young Communist League and Political Affairs.

Communist "Manifestivity"

On October 30 and 31, 1998 the Brecht Forum presented the "Communist Manifestivity -150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto" at at Cooper Union's Great Hall, New York.

One of the many workshops at the Manifestivity was;

The Communist Manifesto--Now; with Mary Boger, Lynne Chancer, Bogdan Denitch, August Nimtz, Vijay Prashad, Marshall Berman. Moderator: Randy Martin


Two of the co-founders of Forum of Inquilabi Leftists are Biju Mathew and Vijay Prashad.

Dedication to the striking "workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital"

The May Day Supplement, page H, to the People's Weekly World May 20 2000, carried a dedication to the striking "workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital"

Signers included Vijay Prashad.

2001, Solidarity with the Charleston 5

The May Day Supplement, page C, to the People's Weekly World May 12 2001, carried a dedication from "Connecticut labor and community activists standing in solidarity with the Charleston 5"

Signers included Vijay Prashad.

Open letter to Andy Stern

On May 1 2008, Vijay Prashad, of Trinity College signed an open letter to SEIU president Andy Stern in protest at SEIU move to force its local United Healthcare Workers into trusteeship.

"We are writing to express our deep concern about SEIU's threatened trusteeship over its third largest local, United Healthcare Workers (UHW). We believe that there must always be room within organized labor for legitimate and principled dissent, if our movement is to survive and grow. Putting UHW under trusteeship would send a very troubling message and be viewed, by many, as a sign that internal democracy is not valued or tolerated within SEIU. In our view, this would have negative consequences for the workers directly affected, the SEIU itself, and the labor movement as a whole. We strongly urge you to avoid such a tragedy."

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Vijay Prashad of Trinity College, Hartford, CT. signed the statement.[5]

Critical Resistance event

Critical Resistance and Brecht Forum presented Angela Y. Davis/Ruthie Gilmore/Vijay Prashad/ Laura Flanders...

Friday, May, 20, 2011 Riverside Church, South Hall Admission: $50-$250. (includes admission to main event -"The World We Want is the World We Need". Riverside Church, Nave 490 Riverside Drive. Admission: $20-$30

Host Committee: Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr, Malaika Adero, Seth Adler, Shana Agid, Sam Anderson, Kai Barrow, Andrea Bible, Jean Carey Bond, Dorothy Burnham, Melanie Bush, Rod Bush, Angela Cali, Susie Day, Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley, Joan Gibbs, Elspeth Gilmore, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Lennox Hinds, Esther Cooper Jackson, Peter Marcuse, Jerry Meyer, Charlene Mitchell, Mary Morgan, Mary Lou Patterson, Beth E. Richie, Shreya Shah, Alvin Starks, Farrah Tanis, Laura Whitehorn.[6]

April 4 Cambridge MA Teach-In on NATO

"The 1% – What’s NATO Got to Do with It? Afghanistan, Libya, Russia, Iran, China & Economic Injustice" , A teach-in with Vijay Prashad, Ellen Frank & Joseph Gerson, was held April 4, 2012 Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle Street, near Harvard Square), Massachusetts.

Peace and justice organizations, community based groups and Occupy are preparing to challenge militarism and austerity when the leaders of the NATO and G-8 nations meet in Chicago this May. Join us to learn what NATO and the G-8 have to do with the world’s wars, economic crises, and making the world safe for the 1%.

Vijay Prashad "is Professor and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. He is the author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter. He will be speaking at the Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice in Chicago, May 18".[7]

People's Congress of Resistance endorsers

Party for Socialism and Liberation - PSL, August 9, 2017;

Conveners, and Endorsers (organizations and individuals) of the People's Congress of Resistance as of August 9, 2017 included Vijay Prashad .