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The Naxalites and their Ideology$
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Rabindra Ray

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077381.001.0001

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The Naxalites in Perspective

The Naxalites in Perspective

(p.74) Chapter Four The Naxalites in Perspective
The Naxalites and their Ideology

Rabindra Ray

Oxford University Press

The CPI(M–L) is still around, not as a single party, but as a number of sects, each claiming for itself continuity with the original founding group. However, none of them practises the terrorist line that the leadership of the party adopted between 1970 and 1972, though one of these groups, at least, subscribes to the same theory of revolution sketched out by the leader of the party, Charu Mazumdar, in its terrorist phase. This chapter suggests that the Naxalites, while having had an impact on the political scene and the moral constitution of the Indian sensibility, have become a group that most Indians have become aware of without clarity as to what they stand and stood for and the events that sprung them into limelight.

Keywords:   CPI(M–L), Naxalites, terrorism, theory of revolution, Charu Mazumdar, Indian sensibility

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