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‘New Maoist Revolts Didn’t Identify Enemy, Have Plan For Land Capture’

On Naxalbari movement's 50th anniversary, Presidency college's former student recalls those tumultuous days...

‘New Maoist Revolts Didn’t Identify Enemy, Have Plan For Land Capture’ Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee

Santosh Rana was a 23-year-old student at Calcutta’s Presidency College in 1967 when the Naxalbari rebellion erupted. Having immediately plunged into the movement, he later went on to question a few of its methodologies and tactics. As the movement turns 50 in May this year, the 74-year-old, who is a cancer-survivor, reminisces in an interview with Dola Mitra.

You were part of the first batch of Naxalbari revolutionaries. Tell us about those early days.

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