GLOCALCOLLOQUIES - Vol 1, Issue 1, May, 2015

Writing Revolution: Naxalbari Spring Thunder in a Globalized World

Author: Roy, Arjab

Category: Research

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Recently published fictions, two English and one Bangla – Jhumpa Lahiri’sThe Lowland (2013), Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others (2014) and Supriyo Chowdhury’s Drohaja(2014), posit interesting discourses on the Naxalbari movement and post Naxalbari Left Radical Politics in India from a distinct global-local perspective. The Lowland and The Lives of Others were shortlisted for Booker Prize in the Best Fiction category in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Drohajawas first published in 2014 (1421 of Bangla era) in the Autumn number (Sharodiya edition) of Desh, a bi-monthly Bangla magazine, and then as a separate book in December 2014.This paper situates these texts in the broader tradition of novels which center round Naxalbari movement or touch upon Naxalite politics in passing. It argues that the selected texts mark significant departure from the existing body of literature with respect to political mobilization and participation of tribal and adivasi landless peasants and tea plantation workers and Dalits in the movement. As the revolutionary political actions expanded, new subjects and political landscapes evolved leading to expansion and sophistication of their ideological interface with increasingly complex issues. Instead of closing their narratives in the late 1970s or early 80s like their predecessors, these three texts chart new trajectories from Naxalbari movement toMaoist politics which emerged in India post 1970. Naxalbari movement started as a local peasant agitation but ushered other movements of resistance against exploitations of the subalterns and marginalized groups. These movements bearing local, regional and national dimensions are connected to the global political resistance of different sections to dominant conservative neo-liberal ideologies and economic reforms. Thus over five decades, Naxalbari movement has attained global dimensions in the present world. The three novels capture the different routes of the Naxalbari movement on its way to occupy a central place in the global and local historical and political scenario.

Keywords: Naxalbari, Local-Global, Tribal-Adivasi-Dalit, Maoist, Dissension, Resistance, Globalization.

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