Chapter

The Heritage

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077381.003.0008
The Heritage

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This chapter argues that the meaning the doctrine of the Naxalites appears to have for non-believers is different from what it had for the believers. This is patently indicated by the programme of agrarian revolution linked to a policy of urban terror. Observers, sympathetic to the Naxalites, have upbraided them for their policy of ‘individual terror’, and have pointed out its incompatibility with the mass line entailed in the Marxist–Leninist theory of revolution to which the Naxalites vowed allegiance. The humanitarian appeal of the Naxalites is not only at odds with their inhuman methods, but with the experience of their own humanity. Their defence of communist dogma only develops as an attack on communist history and communist organizations. Their positive vision, that of Chairman’s China, is only fleshed out as the negativity of Revolution and the abyss of terror.

Keywords: Naxalites; agrarian revolution; urban terror; ‘individual terror’; Marxist–Leninist theory; communist dogma

Chapter.  1916 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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