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AWTW Book Review: Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country

Posted by n3wday on July 26, 2008

Book review: Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country
21 July 2008. A World to Win News Service. Following is a slightly abridged review of the book Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country by Sudeep Chakravarti (Penguin/Viking) from the Communist Party of India (Maoist) Information Bulletin (no. 2, 10 May 2008). Editor’s added clarifications are in brackets.

The Maoist movement in India is one of the oldest and longest-sustained revolutionary movements in the contemporary world. Spanning four decades beginning with the first earth-shaking volcanic eruption in a tiny village in Naxalbari, it has become part of folklore in some regions in the country. It had risen, phoenix-like, every time the political pundits had confidently pronounced its certain demise. Top political and police brass had time and again boasted that they had “finished off” the revolution, which, they claimed, had been “imported from abroad”. They asserted that Maoist revolution is something alien to the conditions in Gandhi’s India where, they claim, people are not prone to violent ways. The latest in this long list of liars, wishful thinkers and vicious propagandists is Mahendra Karma [Congress Party leader in the state of Orissa], who declared amidst much fanfare in June 2005 that he would decimate the Maoists within a year through his state-sponsored terrorist campaign christened salwa judum (peace campaign). When his armed gangsters and the state’s khaki-clad goons took a beating in the hands of the Maoists, this scab of the imperialist- big business-feudal combine kept on barking over the past two years that he would finish off the Maoists within a short time. However, nailing all these lies and disgusting boasts by the mediocre politicians and police officials ruling the country, the resilience and growth of the Maoist movement had surprised many sceptics who see the Indian state as an almighty behemoth that can snuff out any armed resistance.

Surprisingly, given the great international significance of revolution in a vast country like India – the second most populous in the world – very few scholars have attempted any serious research into this social phenomenon and books dealing with this protracted insurgency are very few. But of late, several research scholars belonging to various persuasions and particularly so-called independent agencies have suddenly jumped into the fray. There is very less objectivity and realistic analysis in most of these writings. Many of these have begun to paint a scary picture of a rapidly growing “Red Terror” which is supposed to undermine development measures undertaken by the government. They talk of the Maoist movement spreading at an alarming speed to the majority of the states in India.

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President consults with Maoist leaders, legal experts

Posted by n3wday on July 26, 2008

President consults with Maoist leaders, legal experts

President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has started consultations with political parties regarding the formation of new government.

On Friday, president Dr. Yadav held talks with Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

During the meeting, President Yadav is learnt to have asked Dahal about the time required to form a new government.

President Yadav is likely to ask Maoist leadership to form the new government being the largest party in the constituent assembly. Senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai was also present during the meeting.
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