ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Naxalbari: Between Past and Future

There can be no doubt that Naxalbari was a watershed in the recent history of India in more than one sense. Most of the progressive trends in social activism today can be traced indirectly to the issues raised by or associated with the Naxalite movement in 1960s. But the disquieting trends in the movement today are actually manifestations of a deeper ideological crisis that has overtaken the old strategy and tactics of the leadership. What was appropriate in Maoist China in the 1930s cannot be replicated in the India of the 21st century. The crucial condition for the survival of the Naxalites is a new broadbased socialist movement with new organisational strategies, which would carry them forward into a wider political arena.

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