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India: Comrade Azad’s reponse to a reactionary

Posted by redpines on May 16, 2011

“How is it that the illiterate, seemingly uncivilised, backward, half-naked adivasi thinks, analyses and acts a lot better than an established, well-read, highly qualified intellectual like Verghese?…

“Verghese is a typical example of the self-proclaimed civilisers of modern-day India, akin to the white ‘civilisers’ of yesteryear, who would have been the pride of a Rudyard Kipling.

“He reveals this colonial mindset by vehemently arguing in favour of the civilising mission of the corporate sharks and the Indian State to transform the poor, backward adivasis from savages into civilised people through a ‘development’ that destroys people’s economy, social life, culture and all human values.”

Azad (Cherukuri Rajkumar) was a  leader of revolutionary struggles over several decades, with the CPI(Maoist) and some of its predecessor organizations. Until he was murdered by the Indian state in 2010, he was a tireless defender of the oppressed in India.

The following piece, published posthumously in Outlook shows Azad to have been an eloquent opponent of reactionary ideologies  until his death. Here, he confronts the colonial policies still pervasive in India. These  policies include, Azad notes, a  “scheme of development that displaces the adivasis and destroys their lives, lands and cultures.”

 A brief bio of Azad can be found here. And a pdf book of Azad’s writings is available here.

A Last Note To A Neo-Colonialist

by Azad

Reading B.G. Verghese’s article “Daylight at the Thousand-Star Hotel” in Outlook (May 3), one is stunned by the abysmal poverty of thought and colonial mindset of this renowned intellectual. How is it that the illiterate, seemingly uncivilised, backward, half-naked adivasi thinks, analyses and acts a lot better than an established, well-read, highly qualified intellectual like Verghese? Read the rest of this entry »

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