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Storming the Gates of Heaven: The Maoist Movement in India: A Critical Study 1972-2014

Amit Bhattacharyya (Author)

The Maoist movement in India is one of the longest surviving communist revolutionary movements in the history of the world. Born in 1967, it has been able to withstand state brutality and rose like a phoenix from the ashes time and again. That implies the existence of some deep-rooted socio-economic needs that the existing system has failed to satisfy. Today, every protest is branded by the powers that be as ‘Maoist’. ‘Maoism’ in India has, for good or bad, been identified with the fight for dignity, justice and human values.

This is a modest attempt at the first ever comprehensive history of the movement made by a professional historian. This movement is not the tale of senseless violence, but an epic story to create a beautiful world free from exploitation, greed and bloodshed altogether. Hitherto untapped material has been used to analyze the bitter struggle between MCC and CPI (ML) Party Unity and CPI (ML) People’s War and the formation of the CPI (Maoist). Its impact on society, culture and historical study, Bhojpur struggle, role of woman warriors with entirely new approaches to man-woman relationships, radical mass organizations, emergence of Maoism and the pro-people development model in Dandakaranya have been discussed in detail. This movement, if successful, is likely to make a deep impression everywhere in India and abroad.

A chapter on primary sources, rare photographs of places-Naxalbari killing, Charu Mazumdar’s residence, of cover pages of forbidden literature and a list of departed woman activists further enriched the quality of the book.

The main title of the book is borrowed from Karl Marx who hailed the Communards of Paris for daring to “Storm the Gates of Heaven” in 1871.

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About the author

Amit Bhattacharyya

Amit Bhattacharyya was educated at Presidency College and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. At present, he teaches in the Department of History, JU. His major publications include 1) Swadeshi Enterprise in Bengal 1900-1920 (Calcutta 1986), a slightly revised version of a dissertation for which he was awarded the Ph.D. degree by Jadavpur University in 1985; 2) Swadesh Interprise in Bengal the Second Phase 1921-1947 (Calcutta 1995), a post-doctoral work that was subsequently extended and for which he was awarded the D. Litt. Degree by Jadavpur University in 2000; 3) Disha O Dishari Chin Biplab O Mao Tse-tung-er ekti Bastunishtha Bishleshan (Kolkata, 2003). Books edited jointly with others: 1) Political Economy and Protest in Colonial India (Calcutta 1997); 2) Science, Technology, Medicine and Environment in India Historical Perspectives (Calcutta 1998). His other publications include articles on various aspects of the Economic History of Modern India, History of Modern China, Ancient India, State terrorism and violation of Human Rights in West Bengal and others.

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Title Storming the Gates of Heaven: The Maoist Movement in India: A Critical Study 1972-2014
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.06.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Setu Prakashani
Language: English
isbn 9789380677873
length v+558p., 22cm.
Subjects History