Event: The Naxalite Movement in India: History, Present Struggles, And Future Prospects
N. Venugopal will present a talk on the past, present, and future of the Naxalite movement. He is a social activist and the editor of a Telugu-language political economy journal called Veekshanam, and he has written extensively about social movements in India. He is also the author of an important book on the Naxalite movement called “Undestanding Maoists: Notes of A Participant Observer From Andhra Pradesh.”
The Naxalite movement began over 50 years ago in 1967 in the village of Naxalbari, in the Indian state of West Bengal, when peasants took up arms against exploitative landlords. Since then, in the face of many challenges and attacks by the state, the movement has advanced and shown that it is possible not only to dare to struggle but also to dare to win.
There is a lot that people here in the US and around the world can learn from their struggle. For instance, how has a revolutionary people's movement sustained itself for over 50 years in the face of all-out assaults from the state? What social transformations have taken place in the areas where the movement has a strong presence? How have poor and oppressed communities responded to the movement, and what problems and mistakes has the movement had to overcome?
Join us for a discussion on these and other questions! This event will be an online event, and will have time for questions and discussion with the speaker.