Communism in Indian Politics

Communism in Indian Politics

Communism in Indian Politics

Communism in Indian Politics

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This volume offers a political study of Communism in India since 1964. In that year, the CPI split into two groups under pressure of traumatic internal and external events. Paradoxically, the split strengthened rather than weakened the Communist movement in India. In the following four years, the movement, despite a second split, made impressive gains. Its most significant new thrust is toward mobilization of the poorer sections of the peasantry for militant, sometimes armed, protest.

There exist several scholarly studies of Indian Communism. None, however, spans the period covered here. Further, unlike the existing studies, this volume is an attempt to treat Communism primarily as an Indian political force, and to look at its operation in the context of the operations of the Indian political system. This, of course, is no innovation. Sidney Tarrow has studied Italian Communism in the context of the predominantly agrarian society of southern Italy. There have been attempts to look at Communism in Finland in relation to Finnish society and the . . .

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