SUDHIR BHATTACHARYA (1915-1990) ON TELANGANA REVOLUTION (1969)

Agnibho Gangopadhyay

Abstract


If the historiography of Communism in India is in itself an underdeveloped sub-discipline, then the phase of Naxalite politics and thought within the history of Communism has received even lesser attention. There are many descriptions of the Naxalbari movement but not much on the intricate intellectuality of many of its partisans. In this article we provide some material for political theorists, sociologists, intellecual historians to analyse this Naxalite intellectuality. A schoolmaster called Sudhir Bhattacharya (1915-1990) lived in Calcutta and wrote on historical and political issues from his own Naxalite partisan location. His evaluation of a preceding episode of peasant insurgency in twentieth century India demands patient reading.


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Kafi Khan, Telangana Biplab (The Telangana Revolution), Radical Impression, 1989 (1969), P-7-8. Hereafter TB.

Ibid, P-55.

Ibid, P-12.

Ibid, P-23.

Ibid, P-24.

Ibid, P-40-41.

The documents from late 1948 and early 1949 that phrased these concerns (Bibliography I.C.24,25 in Agnibho Gangopadhyay, Biography of a Pseudonym: Suprakash Ray, Bengal, 1915-1990, A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of History, University of Oxford In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, September 2018) estimated that the Chinese revolution led by the Communist party was failing and will fail. The estimate failed.

Ranadive and his leadership accepted in 1950 that this stand was completely erroneous and untenable – not before such ‘errors’ weakened Telangana Revolution and its proliferation in other regions; see Bibliography I.C.29 in Agnibho Gangopadhyay, Biography of a Pseudonym: Suprakash Ray, Bengal, 1915-1990, A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of History, University of Oxford In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, September 2018.

See Bibliography I.B.28, in Agnibho Gangopadhyay, Biography of a Pseudonym: Suprakash Ray, Bengal, 1915-1990, A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of History, University of Oxford In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, September 2018; P-39-44.

TB, P-56.

See Bibliography I.B.37 in Agnibho Gangopadhyay, Biography of a Pseudonym: Suprakash Ray, Bengal, 1915-1990, A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of History, University of Oxford In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, September 2018..

TB, P-51-52.

TB, P-9.

Ibid, P-13.


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