Exploring Marxist Bengal c.1971-2011 Memory, History and Irony

Bhattacharya, Debraj (2016) Exploring Marxist Bengal c.1971-2011 Memory, History and Irony. [Publications (Pre-joining)]

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fortnight after the defeat of the Left Front in the 2011 Assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala, one of India’s foremost historians, Ramchandra Guha, wrote an article in The Caravan. He started the essay by saying: ‘The recent defeat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala and especially in West Bengal— where it ruled for 34 uninterrupted years—calls for a detached, dispassionate analysis of the party’s place in the history of modern India.’1 What struck me was Guha’s use of the words ‘detached’ and ‘dispassionate’ and his desire to ascertain Communist Party of India-Marxist, i.e. CPI(M)’s ‘place in the history of modern India’

Item Type: Publications (Pre-joining)
Authors: Bhattacharya, Debraj
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Marxist, Bengal, 1971-2011, Memory, History, Irony
Subjects: Social sciences > Political Science > Systems of governments & states
History & geography
Divisions: Azim Premji University > Research Centre
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/4124
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