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Maoism, democracy and globalization are three distinct but inseparable currents marking Indian politics today. They are distinct in terms of their goals, direction, and modalities of forging social, political, economic and even cultural change, while mutually influencing each other in the emergent political process. This book is an attempt to precisely map processes that are internal to each of these currents while exploring and identifying the moments of mutual influence, areas of conflict and mutually exclusive pulls they bring to the contemporary politics in India.

Democracy Against Maoism, Maoism Against Itself
Democracy against Maoism, Maoism against itself

Maoist movement in India is as intriguing as it is predictable. It is intriguing for the way it seems to so resolutely mark itself against the current spirit of our times that favour localised protest, unorganised, autonomous and leaderless struggles against dominant and received notions of representative democracy; and for its clarity of purpose with a definitive focus on what needs to be achieved for the ‘basic classes’ and for doggedly questioning some of the very ‘fundamental’ aspects of power. But it has also in so many ways remained unchanged, its ideas look fairly rehearsed and repetitive, and its strategies have set in a degree of ennui.

It is always difficult to reflect on a ...

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