ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Democracy against Maoism, Maoism against Itself

The Maoist movement in India has in its own way opened up spaces for political mobilisation by keeping the state and capital at bay. This has resulted in a significant political impact on practising democracy. Yet the Maoists' refusal to acknowledge alternate forms and understanding of "class struggle" as opposed to their single-minded pursuit of "class war" between two poles is a failing that deserves critique and engagement.

Some of the arguments here were presented at a public talk at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal on 17 July 2012. The author is thankful to the participants there for their comments in the context of the developments with regard to the Maoist party in Nepal. This paper is due for publication in a volume in honour of S R Sankaran.

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