Bhagat Singh, comrade.

Three Essays Collective's new offering this month is S Irfan Habib's provocatively titled "TO MAKE THE DEAF HEAR".

"This is a path-breaking work on the political life and times of Bhagat Singh and his associates, and the organizations of which they were a part – the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) and the Naujawan Bharat Sabha. It highlights many hitherto neglected aspects of the evolution of Bhagat Singh as a national hero, including the definite shift towards socialism in his outlook. This is also among the best works on the revolutionary nationalists and their role in India's freedom movement. Documents and short writings crucial to understanding the essential core of their ideology and programme are included as appendices.

This is that rare book of history that scholars and the general reader alike could enjoy and appreciate, and which no student of modern south Asian history can do without. Above all, it describes incredibly well those momentous decades of the 1920s and early 30s when the left-radical agenda came to occupy a huge space on the Subcontinent."

As is their wont, TEC publish the hardback and paperback versions of the book simultaneously. Both, naturally, available from Scholars, 232 pages. Hardback ISBN 81-88789-56-9, Rs 500, and Paperback ISBN 81-88789-61-5 Rs 250. Write in to us...