The Revolutionary Legacy of Naxalbari

May 25 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the great Naxalbari uprising, the uprising that had begun in the foothills of Darjeeling as a militant peasant movement for land and tenancy rights and gone on to spread like a prairie fire across the country. For the first time since 1947,

We Need The Radical Energy Of Naxalbari Today

Police raid at Naxalbari, 1967

Dipankar Bhattacharya It is now 50 years since Naxalbari, an otherwise obscure area near the India-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, had stormed its way into India’s political vocabulary. It was a peasant uprising with a difference that raised the question of changing land relations to the level

Remembering Rashmoni

(Excerpts from a poem written by Sameer Roy in 1968 during the Naxalbari movement – in memory of Rashmoni, a woman of the Hajong tribe who was killed by the police during the Tebhaga movement in 1946–47) Comrade, how old are we Why not take a stock. My mother, sitting by the wretched

My Memories of the Early Days of Naxalbari

Abhijit Mazumdar [What was the impact of the Naxalbari movement on family members of CPI(ML) leaders? Here, Abhijit Mazumdar, that speak of his memories of his father Comrade Mazumdar, mother Leela Mazumdar and the impact of the Naxalbari movement on his childhood. Comrade Abhijit is now a Central Committee member of

Naxalbari Movement’s ‘People-First’ Patriotism

(‘Mukt Hobe Priya Matribhumi’ - The Beloved Motherland Will Be Free was one of the favourite songs of the Naxalbari movement’s revolutionaries, and it best embodies the movement’s spirit of ‘people-first’ patriotism.) The beloved motherland will be free – That day is not far today! Look, the red light of the red sun Shines

One Year of Naxalbari Struggle — Charu Mazumdar

Full one year has passed since the peasant struggle in Naxalbari began. This struggle is different from all other peasant struggles. Where is the difference? Peasants have always struggled against various injustices and oppressions. This is the first time that the peasants have struggled not only for their partial demands

Naxalbari – Past and Present

(Excerpts from a piece by Vinod Mishra, Deshabrati, September 1990) Naxalbari means the beginning of a revolutionary political stream in national politics based on this peasant awakening. Naxalbari did not mean just fulfilling a few economic demands of peasants on a local basis. Those who wanted to create an alternative political