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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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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
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
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
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
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
Ritesh Randhir
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
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
Dayanand Prabhu
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
Vijay Bhaskar
Naxalism is not the biggest Internal Security threat to India.
Poverty, Malnutrition , Hunger are.

ust read. An Eye opener.
Vighnesh Rege
A graduate Introduction to Naxal India.
Ankit Agrawal
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.
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
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
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
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
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 !
Vikrant Dadawala
more travels on the borders of naxalite country than really 'in' it (if you get what I mean). There's got to be a better book on this subject somewhere, this gives you very little.
really superb creation.everyone who curious to know about moists should read..
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