The Maoists in India

The Maoists in India : Tribals Under Siege

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The Maoists in India delves deep into one of the most intractable but under-reported insurgencies in the developing world - the decades long battle between the Indian state and Maoist groups who control significant parts of tribal India. Nirmalangshu Mukherji explains the devastating impact on India's tribal population of neoliberalism and armed aggression by the State, as well as the impact of the armed struggle by the Maoists. Unlike most accounts, Mukherji takes an honest and unflinching look at each of the Maoists' interventions and critically examines the ideology and programme proposed by their theoreticians and prominent intellectual sympathisers. The Maoists in India goes beyond analysing the Maoist insurgency purely in terms of security considerations. It examines the idea of armed struggle in the context of a well-established parliamentary democracy and focusses on the Maoists' own political philosophy, looking critically at whether their strategy can help to deliver social justice and liberation for India's poor.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 136 x 218 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 maps
  • 0745332838
  • 9780745332833

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Nirmalangshu Mukherji is a careful, judicious scholar, and his inquiry into these intricate and often shattering issues is sensitive and I think persuasive. For India, these are topics of central concern, but the implications are far broader. Throughout the world the search for resources and modern industrial and agricultural development are coming into conflict with indigenous societies and infringing on their fundamental rights. The Indian case is a particularly dramatic example, but with far-reaching implications. -- Noam Chomsky Mukherji's book intensely debates the writings of Maoist ideologues and sympathizers, on issues relating to the Maoist movement in India's tribal regions. He develops a serious critique of state polices and the violent response to these, preferring the large social movements in India that advocate an alternative path of development through non-violent resistance. A must read for all those that follow the intense, ongoing debates on politics and development in India. -- Anuradha M. Chenoy, Professor in the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, co-author of Maoist And Other Armed Conflicts (2010).show more

About Nirmalangshu Mukherji

Nirmalangshu Mukherji is Professor of Philosophy at Delhi University. His publications include December 13: Terror over Democracy (2005).show more

Table of contents

Abbreviations Glossary of Local Terms Acknowledgement Introduction 1. Dark Clouds over Dandakaranya 2. Fragile Democracy 3. Role of Intellectuals 4. Arms over People 5. Forms of Resistance 6. Quest for Peace Appendix I: Interview with Ganapathy Appendix II: Sanhati Statement on Operation Green Hunt Notes References Indexshow more

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