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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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‘Semi-Feudal, Semi-Colonial’

‘Semi-Feudal, Semi-Colonial’

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(p.160) Chapter Six ‘Semi-Feudal, Semi-Colonial’
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The Naxalites and their Ideology
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Rabindra Ray

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077381.003.0006

The central concept of the Naxalite metaphysic was the characterization of the Indian economy as ‘semi-feudal, semi-colonial’. The characterization is not so much the description of a state of affairs as an injunction to the action of a particular kind. The characterization also does not refer so much to facts of the economy in a ‘materialist’ sense, but to perceived experiences of personality which are reified into an economic terminology. Semi-feudalism accrues from a schema which sees the Indian economy as progressing from a state of feudalism to a state of capitalism, in which semi-feudalism is an intermediate state. This chapter also considers the agrarian conditions in India and the question of the mode of production.

Keywords:   Naxalite metaphysic, semi-feudalism, Indian economy, materialist economy, capitalism, agrarian conditions

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