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Red Sun

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"In 1967, Naxalbari, a village in West Bengal, became the centre of a Mao inspired militant peasant uprising guided by firebrand intellectuals. Today, Naxalism is no longer the Che Guevara-style revolution that it was. Spread across 15 of India's 28 states, it is one of the world's biggest, most sophisticated extreme-Left movements, and feeds off the misery and anger of th ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 26th 2008 by Penguin Global (first published December 10th 2007)
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Sep 25, 2015 kaśyap rated it liked it
Shelves: india
A surprisingly well written and well researched account on the subject.

The book starts with some detailed maps and statistics regarding the people’s war movement in India and ends with "the urban perspective plan 2004" of CPI (Maoist) attached as an appendix. The amount of organisation and how widespread the movement is, is both revealing and scary.

A travelogue rather than a history as the author himself claims, but still he manages to give us a brief historical and ideological perspective regar
Aug 29, 2010 Anand rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
very balanced book on the naxalite movement in india. It traces the roots of the maoist insurgency in india as well as their ideology. The author has some very interesting if not frightening conclusions about the consequence of such a revolution to the state -the idea of 'In-Land(city)' states surrounded by ' Out-land' areas does not seem so outlandish given the way things are going. More than any other book this book really makes a strong case for inclusive growth and more investment in develop ...more
Rohit Harip
Aug 16, 2014 Rohit Harip rated it really liked it
Red Sun: Sudeep Chakaravarti
Naxalbari has not died and it will never die – Charu Mujumdar
Naxalism is one of the most debated, controversial and aggravated threat to India’s national integrity. It was also romanticize unnecessarily as a fight against injustice and inequality. Typical stereotypical assessment of Maoism , that it is a socio-economical issue which can resolve not with guns but with inclusive policy making and uplifting of the tribal by means of good governance is partially correct b
Dec 07, 2014 Raghu rated it really liked it
Middle class India is snug in the belief that India's primary security threats are terrorism emanating from Pakistan and aggressive designs on our territory by the Chinese. This book argues that Left-Wing Extremism in the form of Maoism (aka Naxalism) is actually the greatest internal security challenge that India faces. However, the author puts it in perspective with the following words: "...Maoism is NOT our greatest internal security threat. Poverty, non-governance, bad justice and corruption ...more
Avijeet Boparai
Aug 01, 2014 Avijeet Boparai rated it liked it
Red Sun is a travelogue and should not be mistaken as a purely academic foray into Naxalism. Sudeep Chakravarti has written a fabulous account of his travels to the oft ignored parts of the country. Much of information about Naxalism is provided through interviews of people from both sides of the fence. The writer treads cautiously and comes short of making any conclusions thereby leaving the reader to make any judgement. Much of the narrative deals with Salwa Judum, which at the time of publica ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Arvind rated it liked it
Brave, repetitive, dry, thought-provoking and sometimes incoherent. The author talks of his travels thru areas infested with Naxalism. Talks with both rural and urban ideologues, police officers etc get repetitive.
I liked narration style of Rahul Pandita 's books Hello, Bastar - The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement and The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance
Ritesh Randhir
Oct 20, 2015 Ritesh Randhir rated it really liked it
Red Sun- Sudeep Chakravarti
Red Sun- Travels in Naxalite country is a great travelogue in a true sense as the title suggests. The uniqueness lies in the fact that the author himself has travelled throughout the red-corridor putting his life at risk in incidents such as Police ambushes. Great style of writing, beautiful use of imagery and enormous research makes it a must read book for students, legislators, administrators, policy makers and analysts who live either in willful or inadvertent denia
Palash Bansal
Dec 13, 2014 Palash Bansal rated it really liked it
Shelves: social
The book portrays an unbiased view of the issue of naxalism. A travelogue primarily, the book captures the thoughts of the author as he visits, and subsequently introspects trying to make sense of what he sees and hears from the people concerned with the issue.
The interviews with different people, be it within the structure of 'state' (the figurative demon according to leftists) or the minds of the radical movement, provide the reader with the insights from both the sides leaving it for him/her
Akshay Narayanan
Dec 11, 2015 Akshay Narayanan rated it really liked it
The book gives a nice introduction to hard left movements in India, primarily through meetings undertaken by the author on both sides of the political spectrum. The author seems slightly biased towards the left ideology and towards non-violence from the book and the book is also dated. Overall a good read for understanding the hard left movements, the hard right movements undertaken in opposition and the state and official stand towards the ideology.
Manu Bhat
I've set myself a rule against reading books authored by journalists. But this one was a good casual read. But too dramatized at certain parts.
It would have made a good read in 2006, but it's difficult to take his Red Doomsday predictions now in 2015, with it nowhere as strong as it was then. Even elections were held peacefully last year.

The author sees conspiracy by state officials when there probably isn't any.
Dayanand Prabhu
Dec 25, 2014 Dayanand Prabhu rated it it was amazing
Getting a balanced view on a very controversial topic like the 'Internal security threat' of Naxlism is a very rare thing. The reason being that the balance of right and wrong here hangs where your ideologues lay. Do you believe in a class violence or do you believe in a flawed democracy. Either ways you can convince yourself of your righteousness only by taking a hypocritical moral high ground. Such is the issue of any writings on Naxalism. At one end we have the likes of Arundathi Roy peddling ...more
May 07, 2016 Rohit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, engaging, and immersive travel diary of a journalist travelling through the regions of India affected by the ongoing communist insurgency. The author does an excellent job of presenting a relatively balanced view of a highly controversial conflict, and smoothly synthesizes interviews, observations, and data into a very readable and very interesting narrative that paints an extremely vivid picture of the situation, and of the region's society in general.
Vijay Bhaskar
Oct 06, 2014 Vijay Bhaskar rated it really liked it
Naxalism is not the biggest Internal Security threat to India.
Poverty, Malnutrition , Hunger are.

ust read. An Eye opener.
Vighnesh Rege
Jan 20, 2014 Vighnesh Rege rated it really liked it
A graduate Introduction to Naxal India.
Ankit Agrawal
Jul 14, 2011 Ankit Agrawal rated it it was amazing
THE book to be read by anyone trying to make sense of the Naxalist/Maoist insurgency in India. Extremely well-researched, this book offers a wholesome perspective of the issue and reveals the extent of the threat, ignored for so long by an establishment breaking its head over dealing with Islamic terrorism. A must-read for our policy-makers and security czars.
Feb 27, 2013 Subramanian rated it it was amazing
This is the best book in the genre. It takes on both the extremists and the administration head-on. Delves deep in to the ideology of naxals. Filled with important interviews and observations. Sudeep Chakravarti has researched well for his book. A must-read for Indians especially if they have not experienced the horrors of the red corridor.
Shruti Parija
Oct 19, 2012 Shruti Parija rated it it was amazing
Amazing read. Very objectively, it outlines the ideology of the Maoists, the trajectory of its spread in India, the state's attitude towards Naxalism and the international influences on Maoism in India. Very comprehensive.
Ravijot Chugh
Aug 26, 2013 Ravijot Chugh rated it really liked it
A good, if slightly biased, account of the Naxal movement in India. It traces the beginnings of the movement and discusses the socio-economic reasons for its growth through interviews and observations.
Manan Shamihoke
Jun 29, 2013 Manan Shamihoke rated it did not like it
Didn't like it...

We do have very well written books of such genre. The writer hasn't even tried to make it interesting. The narrative and editing of book could have been much much better.
Anant Singh
Jul 29, 2009 Anant Singh rated it it was amazing
best book to understand ideologies that moaist carry and where the government had failed !
Author has traveled good amount to collect stories and people !
Nice work i love the book !
Jun 15, 2012 Muroose rated it it was amazing
really superb creation.everyone who curious to know about moists should read..
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