Squeezing the olives

Print edition : October 17, 2014

The cell at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Photo: RODGER BOSCH/AFP

Jayaprakash Narayan's "Prison Diary", reprinted as "JP In Jail" by Roli Books in 2006. The book puts forward a humanist vision of the good society.

Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao at a police station in Hyderabad after being taken into custody, in August 2005, following a State government ban on some Maoist organisations. Photo: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

Antonio Gramsci. He coined new words to express radical ideas in his "Prison Notebooks". Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

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