Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Friend of Indian Maoists Jan Myrdal ends visit to India

Jan Myrdal, the well-known communist writer and friend of Indian Maoists, concluded his visit to India on February 13th. He addressed gatherings of Maoist front organizations in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ludhiana and Delhi during his visit between January 26 and February 13.

In blatant violation of visa conditions, he freely criticised the Indian State. He voiced the usual Maoist propaganda about state brutality, which people of India have largely learned to ignore. But his prescription to the CPI (Maoist) Party is interesting. Try to win over the middle-class through propaganda against the state.

The dilemma of the Maoists is that the day they drop arms, they will be kicked out by local populations in the tribal heartland, and if they do not drop arms, the middle-class will view them as thugs and criminals. This is the existential dilemma.

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