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7 Questions on the Revolution in India

Posted by Mike E on August 24, 2010

This is an interview with the group “To the Struggle” (based in Norway) conducted by Nickglais, editor of Democracy and Class struggle.

1. Can you tell us briefly about Communism in India?

The Communist Party of India was founded originally in 1919 in Kolkata then re-founded in Soviet Tashkent in 1925 under the impact of the Russian Revolution.

The Communist Party of Great Britain was closely involved in the formation and British Indian comrades like Saklatvala and Rajani Palme Dutt were early influences on the Communist Party of India. N M Roy an Indian Communist also distinguished himself with contributions to the Comintern.

The Communist Party of India concentrated on the urban areas in the 1920’s and 1930’s and faced repression by the British authorities who banned the party. Of the repression the most famous case in the 1930’s was the Meerut trial.

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