FIFTY YEARS OF NAXALBARI
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari uprising, one of the key political events that shaped the life of Anuradha Ghandy and many others like her in the late 1960s – early 1970s. What were the aspirations of the movement that encouraged urban youth to join hands with the tribals, peasants, dalits, workers, women and other oppressed sections to strive to create a new type of democracy in the country? What was its impact on Indian society over the past five decades? What lies behind its continued ability to mobilize lakhs of the poorest and most dispossessed of Indians today?
Two veteran activist-thinkers who have had close association with the movement – Vara Vara Rao and Tilak Dasgupta – will discuss these and various other aspects of the peal of Spring Thunder that reverberated in distant Naxalbari fifty years ago and the continuing storm across the country.
We invite you to attend the lecture
Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Committee
Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh Auditorium, Near CSTM Station, Mumbai
- Vara Vara Rao
Poet and writer of international repute, a leading figure of Virasam, the Revolutionary Writers Association of Telengana and Andhra Pradesh has spent at least four decades writing, speaking and fighting for the democratic rights of those associated with the Naxalite/Maoist movement.
- Tilak Dasgupta
Tilak Dasgupta is a freelance writer and former CPI(ML) activist.