05 August, 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

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. 


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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