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Towards the 'New Man'

The Naxalite movement of the 1970s challenged existing political and social structures in West Bengal. Yet for leaders such as Charu Mazumdar what was needed for the movement to be successful was not just political victory but a transformation of the revolutionary youth into "new men". In this struggle, Mazumdar and others looked to the youth and students to fulfil a vanguard role. This paper examines the concept of the "new man" with regard to students and youth. It discusses the role of students and youth as revolutionary exemplars and the implications of this for understanding peasant agency in the Naxalite movement. It also questions the role of women in the movement.
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