'Come and hear Tariq Ali'
It's amazing what you can find on eBay!
(Alternative opening line: 'Why would anyone pay good, hard-earned cash for this?')
Well, I did pay a few (though not very many) quid for this - I love political ephemera. This handbill dates from October 1968, just a few months after Tariq Ali and a few mates launched Black Dwarf with the most memorable front cover slogan of the Sixties:
Tariq Ali was prominent in street protests from the mid-1960s - this photo is from 1965 ...
.. and in 1968 he memorably strode alongside Vanessa Redgrave in one of the big anti-Vietnam War marches to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square: this marvellous photograph by John Walmsley from March 1968 is in the National Portrait Gallery.
A while back, while going through newspapers in an archive, I came across this wonderful photo and short piece about Tariq Ali. I can't immediately find a note of which paper it was in - I suspect it dates from the first half of 1964, when Ali would have been in his first year at Oxford:
It's not a brilliant photo, so here's what the text says underneath the image:
'Tariq Ali Khan, 20-year-old Oxford student and grandson of the late Sir Sikandar Hyat Khan, a former Punjab Prime Minister, has been "gated" (confined to College) by the Proctors for participating in demonstrations against the South African Ambassador who visited Oxford last June. Tariq is taking his four-week sentence with good humour. Before he went into confinement, he threw a party that lasted till dawn, also advertised in Isis, the University newspaper, for sociable company (preferably female) to share his "gated" hours and play chess, draughts or snakes and ladders.'
That's the way to do it!
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