Communism in India: Events, Processes and Ideologies

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

byBidyut Chakrabarty

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In Communism in India, Bidyut Chakrabarty, an expert on contemporary Indian political economy and social movements, presents a sweeping analysis of the changing nature of communist ideology over the past century in India. India's left movements are notable, when placed in comparativehistorical perspective with similar movements elsewhere, as the country is the home of two co-existing strands of modern communism: the parliamentary Communist Party of India (the first democratically elected Marxist government) and the extra-parliamentary revolutionary Maoist movement. Drawing on ethnographic field work conducted in Orissa, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, Chakrabarty provides a contextual account of the rise, consolidation, and relative decline of these two types of left radicalism. He looks at how it is that left ideology has co-existed with free-market-orientedeconomic policies as well as the contexts in which more militant strands have more recently taken root, particularly among the young in the poorer districts.

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In Communism in India, Bidyut Chakrabarty, an expert on contemporary Indian political economy and social movements, presents a sweeping analysis of the changing nature of communist ideology over the past century in India. India's left movements are notable, when placed in comparativehistorical perspective with similar movements elsewhe...

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Professor of Political Science at Delhi University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: Parliamentary Left in India1. Parliamentary left in Tripura: a creative blending of ideology and organization prevailing over ethnic division2. Parliamentary left in Kerala: a creative socio-political engineering of governance3. Parliamentary left in West Bengal: organizational hegemony established through an ideological churning4. Parliamentary left in West Bengal: a nemesis failing to re-kindle the old charm in globalizing IndiaPart II: Left-Wing-Extremism in India5. Genesis of Maoism in India6. The Maoist blueprint for future India7. Maoism: a utopia or 'Jacobean' reign of terror?ConclusionAppendix: Party Constitution of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)NotesBibliographical Notes with Select BibliographyIndex