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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 Existential Ideology of the Naxalites

The Existential Ideology of the Naxalites

(p.181) Chapter Seven The Existential Ideology of the Naxalites
The Naxalites and their Ideology

Rabindra Ray

Oxford University Press

The theoretical tradition to which Charu Mazumdar himself links his speculations is the Marxist–Leninist–Maoist. In the materialist metaphysic of these schools, what Mazumdar wants to bring about is the New Democratic revolution. This is to establish the rule of the vast majority of the nation, composed specifically of the peasantry, the proletariat, the petty bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie, upsetting the rule of the landlords, the comprador bourgeoisie, the US imperialists, and the Soviet social-imperialists, who constitute a tiny minority. The terminology in which what became for Mazumdar Jotedar-rajya was codified, defined India as a semi-feudal, semi-colonial country. This chapter also considers the initial formulations of revolution in terrorist tracts. Mazumdar’s view of the revolution is unarmed peasants turning ferociously on their armed oppressors, killing them and snatching their weapons to found an army that will liberate the whole country.

Keywords:   Charu Mazumdar, Marxist–Leninist–Maoist, New Democratic revolution, India, Jotedar-rajya, semi-feudalism, terrorism, peasantry

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