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Naxalbari and After

The special section “Naxalbari and After” (EPW, 27 May 2017) covered only the armed-struggle trend in the Naxalbari movement. The author briefly writes about the other major trend in the movement, represented by the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist)–Liberation.

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.

Historicising the Contemporary

Passive Revolution in West Bengal: 1977-2011 by Ranabir Samaddar (New Delhi: Sage Publications), 2013; pp XXV + 240, Rs. 650.

Jyoti Basu: A Man with a Mission

Asked about his greatest virtue, Marx replied, “singleness of purpose”. Jyoti Basu could say that as well. In his case that purpose was to advance the left movement in India strictly within the existing constitutional framework, shunning all “adventurist” (as he saw them) attempts at revolution. He...
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