NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Urban Maoism in India: Rhetoric and Reality" by Anshuman Behera, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 1600 hrs
NIAS Wednesday Discussion
Topic: Urban Maoism in India: Rhetoric and Reality
Speaker: Anshuman Behera
Assistant Professor, Conflict Resolution Programme, NIAS
Chairperson: Narendar Pani
Head, Conflict Resolution Programme, NIAS
Date: 25th July, 2018
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS
All are cordially invited
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Abstract: The issue of ‘Urban Maoism’ creates a buzz again with the arrest of five suspected ‘Urban Maoists’ from Maharashtra in connection with an alleged plot to kill the Prime Minister of India. The issue at this point is primarily discussed through two extreme positions: one that believes in the existence of the ‘Urban Maoists’ who are working ‘against the Indian state’, and the other that terms it as a manufactured one. Stepping away from these extreme positions, this talk engages with two important aspects of Maoist movement in India, and makes an attempt to investigate the status of ‘Urban Maoism’. In the first part, the talk engages with the idea of the urban movement within the larger Maoist revolutionary framework. In doing so it highlights the process through which there has been a shift favoring dominance of the urban intellectuals over the Maoist movement. The second part of this talk engages with a question on how the government is making the very issue a tool of effective rhetoric assuming that there is hardly anything in it.
About the Speaker: Dr. Anshuman Behera is Assistant Professor in the Conflict Resolution Programme at the NIAS, Bengaluru, India. A co-author of the book Militant Groups in South Asia (2014) and co-editor of the book Reasoning Indian Politics his research interests deal with the socio-political conflicts in India and Nepal. In addition to extensive work on Maoism in India and terrorism in South Asia, he also writes on political processes in South Asia.
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