M.P.T. Acharya (1887–1954) was a contemporary and critic of Mohandas Gandhi during the Indian Independence Movement. A lifetime of anticolonial struggle led him to embrace anarchism and he saw tremendous revolutionary potential the practice of nonviolent direct action. A transnational figure, Acharya engaged in anticolonial activism across India, Europe, the United States, and Russia. He was also a prolific writer for publications across the globe, penning essays that are testimony to a tireless agitator and intellectual seeking to develop a radical, internationalist idea of national liberation. Acharya’s work demonstrates the global reach of anarchism in the interwar period and gives us a more complete and nuanced understanding of Indian anticolonial struggles.
PRAISE FOR WE ARE ANARCHISTS:
“Ole Birk Laursen has done us a valuable service in tracking down and collecting the work of M.P.T. Acharya, scattered across countries, decades, and publications, and not least placing this work in well-researched context.… This is a treasure chest that will enrich our picture of both global anarchist and South Asian radical history.” —Maia Ramnath, author of Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India's Liberation Struggle
“With this collection of writings—many made available in English for the first time—Ole Birk Laursen recovers the extraordinary life and writings of M.P.T. Acharya, perhaps India’s most important but least remembered anarchist activist and theoretician.... Anyone interested in anticolonial struggles past or present should read this book.” —Kenyon Zimmer, author of Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America
We Are Anarchists: Essays on Anarchism, Pacifism, and Indian Independence...
AK Press 2019