Literature on the leftist insurgency is a field where sociopolitical turmoil meets revolution. For the last fifty years, leftist insurgency entails a problematic premise in India. From the example of countries like the Soviet Union and China, India incorporated the idea of Communism in the 1970s. Communism in India found manifestation through two movements namely Naxalism and Maoism, with their basis in Marxist–Leninist ideology but with a subtle variance. This subtlety breaks open a crisis that has been understated often when the movements have been referred to as synonymous terms in media jargon and popular discourse. The policy of the “annihilation line” forms an ideological crisis in India; which is expansively reflected in select fiction from the country. Therefore, this article attempts at dissecting two pieces of fiction chosen from the whole repertoire of literature written on Naxalism and Maoism to elucidate this crisis. Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others (2014) is placed against Nilima Sinha's Red Blooms in the Forest (2013) in order to establish how parallel discourses from two different time periods of the movement facilitate a study of the trajectory of the Naxalite–Maoist insurgency.
Hues of Red: The Facades of Leftist Insurgency and Crisis in India in Select Fiction
debjani sarkar is a Doctoral Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, India. Her areas of interest include Postmodern fiction, Contemporary literature, Indian English Literature, Literary theory and critical thinking, Insurgency literature, Marxism and British fiction.
nirban manna is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, India. His areas of specialization are Theatre, Masculinity Studies, Bhasha Literature, Indian English Literature, and Postcolonial Literature.
Debjani Sarkar, Nirban Manna; Hues of Red: The Facades of Leftist Insurgency and Crisis in India in Select Fiction. Comparative Literature Studies 15 May 2018; 55 (2): 379–394. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/complitstudies.55.2.0379
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