Introduction by Israel Shamir
Singh’s piece is interesting and provocative, and in the best sense of the word, sentimental. Here in Baja, Che is a cultural hero, his portrait/s in the windows of countless curio shops.
If you don’t know who Israel Shamir is, you should take a look.
Nevertheless, one night in 1968 when I was in Saigon, I came across Che’s “Letter to the Bolivian People” in a copy of Ramparts Magazine. My reaction to this uniquely sentimental and subsequently famous letter by Che did not go down well with me. There was an important question of fairness that Che did not seem to be aware of. He was an utterly charming man, but revolution, command, and desire choked up his awareness of the others.