22 August, 2012

Forthcoming Publications

First, a paper in the CDSRD Journal 

Maoists, Negotiations and Beyond

Dr Uddipan Mukherjee

Are negotiations with the Indian Maoists worthwhile? After a series of abductions of foreign tourists, bureaucrats and politicians in the recent past, such questions may not be impertinent in academic, media as well as political circles. The booming ‘abduction trade’ being carried out by the Maoists deserves an in-depth analysis.

The fundamental ideology of Maoism rests on Protracted Peoples’ War (PPW) in order to topple the so-called ‘reactionary bourgeoisie regime’. Similar movements, launched in Cuba under Castro-Guevara combo, in Nicaragua under the Sandinistas or in Peru under Guzman have all done exactly the same: followed the prototype model of the Chinese Revolution of Mao Zedong. Whether all these movements have been fully successful or not is not the point of debate, but the fact of the matter remains is that these insurgencies followed a set, well-planned model of “peoples’ war” under the umbrella of ‘guerilla tactics’.

‘Holding talks’ was never in their agenda............................


Second, a research article accepted in Geopolitics

License to Kill?
On 5th July this year, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) issued a 7 page pamphlet on the occasion of its ensuing Martyr’s Week which was to be observed from 28th July to 3rd August. No wonder, it is their routine activity – which they meticulously follow every year. The interesting feature of the present document, however, was the admission of the Central Committee that the recent elimination of their top-rung leaders have stung – and that too, quite venomously.
At the end of the 5th page, the document [symptomatic of its inelegant English] reads:

preventing losses to top leadership is one of the most important tasks faced by our party. It is true....” and progresses into the next page............................


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