Shapurji Saklatvala

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A socialist and anti-imperialist rebel in Parliament, 1922-9

Shapurji Saklatvala: a socialist and anti-imperialist rebel in Parliament, 1922-9
by
Sacha Ismail
2021
Pamphlet
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54 pages
ISBN
978-1-909639-51-5

The story of Shapurji Saklatvala, revolutionary socialist, Indian nationalist and the first BAME Labour MP, elected in London in 1922. Representing a radical local labour movement, and workers' and anti-colonial struggles far beyond, he suffered ostracism, surveillance, arrests, imprisonment and exile from India to fight against capitalism, racism and imperialism, and for working-class self-liberation.

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Blurb

In 1922, the South West London constituency of Battersea North sent Indian-born Shapurji Saklatvala to Parliament, making him the first Labour MP of colour. Saklatvala was a revolutionary socialist, a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and a leading figure in the struggle for Indian freedom. As an MP he suffered ostracism, police surveillance, arrests, imprisonment and exile from the country of his birth in order to wage the fight against capitalism, racism and imperialism, and for working-class self-liberation.

This pamphlet tells Saklatvala’s remarkable story and draws lessons and inspiration.

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