Introduction: Perspectives and Problems

Rabindra Ray

in The Naxalites and their Ideology

Third edition

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077381
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081011 | DOI:
Introduction: Perspectives and Problems

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In attempting a sociological interpretation of the ideology and practice of the ‘Naxalites’ in West Bengal, this chapter seeks to distinguish their ‘existential ideology’ from their ‘literate ideology’. The three concepts central to this study, namely, ideology, nihilism, and terrorism, are words that pose definitional problems. Whereas it is possible to subsume the literate ideology of the Naxalites under some such rubric as modernization, a consideration of their existential ideology leaves no doubt that one is concerned with modernism—and the modern itself.

Keywords: Naxalites; West Bengal; existential ideology; literate ideology; nihilism; terrorism; modernism

Chapter.  10083 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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