17 May, 2021

The Seeds Of Truth Grew Revolution

The marginalised Naxalbari movement was but a ­continuation of the nationally revered ­Champaran satyagraha of 1917

Illustration by Sajith Kumar
The Seeds Of Truth Grew Revolution
outlookindia.com
2017-10-28T11:07:04+05:30

Heart To Heart

  • Fifty years ago, in 1967, the first successful human to human heart ­transplant took place. South ­African cardiac surgeon Dr. ­Christiaan Barnard ­performed the ­operation on a 53-year-old patient named Louis ­Washkansky at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on December 3. 

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This year we mark the centenary of the Champaran peasant satyagraha and the fiftieth anniversary of the Naxalbari peasant upr­ising. It may seem strange to mention these two landmark events of 20th century Indian history in the same bracket. Champaran is a recognised chapter of the anti-colonial movement that everybody likes to invoke and champion while Naxalbari remains an ominous nightmare for the entire establishment. Yet, on a closer look, we can clearly discern the thread linking these two landmarks of history.

The Champaran satyagraha underlined the crucial imp­ortance of the peasantry and the agrarian question in the anti-colonial awakening, but what is...

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