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Tebhaga–Telangana to Naxalbari–CPI(ML)

Even as the Naxalbari uprising was quickly crushed, the revolutionary communists painstakingly spread the movement and founded the All India Coordination Committee of Communist Revolutionaries and the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist). Naxalbari differed from the Telangana uprising, which did not spread to other provinces and left no immediate trail after the setback mainly because no all-India party was built for the purpose. The movement–party dialectic is explored to better understand the radical communist movement in India.

From Naxalbari to Chhattisgarh

Even as the Naxalite/Maoist movement continues to haunt the Indian state, its future is not secure, for Mao’s revolutionary strategy for China of the 1920–40 period is no longer applicable in today’s India. The movement has, however, unwittingly acted as a catalyst of progressive reform in rural India. A post-Maoist revolutionary strategy is, nevertheless, long overdue.

Rereading a Tale of Workers’ Insurgency

The Crisis of 1974: Railway Strike and the Rank and File by Ranabir Samaddar;Delhi: Primus Books, 2016; pp x+186, 850 (hardcover).

A Tale of Insurgency and Counter-insurgency

Footprints of Foot Soldiers: Experiences and Recollections of the Naxalite Movement in Eastern India 1960's and 70's by Abhijit Das, Kolkata: Setu Prakashani, 2015; pp 303, Rs 550.

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