Saturday, April 24, 2010

India and Maoism: To Be Expected

There is an increase in the activities and influence of India's Maoists known as Naxalites. The name Naxalite derives from the name of the Naxalbari village the movement originated in; located in West Bengal. According to the information in this youtube, they currently have influence over one-third of the Indian subcontinent. Indian activists Arundhati Roy and Ajai Sahni explain how the increasing class divide, and the falsity of Indian democracy, make up the driving force behind the conflict. It is interesting that Maoism (not just in the Indian subcontinent), parroted by many politcal analysts as discredited, is once again surging in popularity. Nepal, for example, is on the verge of total Maoist take over. The Nepalese Maoists also appear to be linked with the Naxalites (see here). The truth of this story is much larger than the topic of India or Maoism. The majority of the world is poor. The majority of the world is alienated from so-called democracies. Guerrilla wars and other forms of resistance to this poverty and alienation are inevitable.

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