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Communism and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1939-45
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Communism and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1939-45

First Edition

Volume: 12
Other Titles in:
Asian History

July 2008 | 284 pages | SAGE India
Communism and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1939-45 is an incisive and original contribution to our understanding of the Communist Party of India`s approach towards the Indian national movement and British colonialism from 1939 to 1945.

Based on extensive use of archival material, private papers and rare documents, the book is a critique of both the official CPI line as well as its detractors` opinions about the Party`s role in the said period. It analyses in detail both points of view with regard to why the CPI failed to expose what it termed as the `betrayal` of the `bourgeois nationalist` leadership and why it was not able to establish its `hegemony` over the Indian freedom struggle-to transform the bourgeois democratic revolution into a socialist revolution.

This book can be used both as a textbook as well as a supplementary reading material by students, researchers and academicians working in the fields of Political Science, Economics, Sociology and History. It is an invaluable resource for all those interested in the study of the inter-play of communist, nationalist and imperialist forces during the Second World War, including political parties and civil society organizations.
 
Series Editors` Preface
 
Introduction
 
I: OUTBREAK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND INDIA
Nationalist Perception

 
Communist Perception

 
 
II: RAMGARH AND ITS AFTERMATH
Nationalist Position

 
Communist Position

 
 
III: CHANGED POLITICAL SITUATION IN ENGLAND AND ITS IMPACT ON INDIA
Congress and the Individual Civil Disobedience Movement

 
Unchanged Line of the Communist Party of India

 
 
IV: TOWARDS STRUGGLE
German Attack on the Soviet Union and its Repercussions on Indian Politics: Congress and Quit India Movement

 
 
V: NEW LINE
Implementation of the "People's War" Line

 
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index

The book offers a fascinating study of the ‘interplay of communist, nationalist and imperialist forces during the Second World War including political parties and civil society organisations.’ But, more importantly, it provides rare glimpses into the mind and character of one of India’s greatest thinker-statesmen, M K Gandhi.

Dawn

This book is an incisive and original contribution to our understanding of the Communist Party of India’s approach towards the Indian national movement and the British colonialism from 1939-1945…..It is a critique of both the official CPI line as well as it’s detractors opinions about the Party’s role in the said period.

Free Press Journal

A well researched book that contributes to our understanding of the Communist Party of India’s approach towards the Indian national movement from 1939 to 1945.

Deccan Herald (Bangalore)

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D N Gupta

D.N. Gupta is Reader in the Department of History, Hindu College, University of Delhi. He is an alumnus of the Hindu College and joined his alma mater as Lecturer in 1969. He has served as a visiting faculty at Sherubtse College Bhutan under the Colombo  Plan (1990–92) and as the Treasurer of the Indian History Congress (1992–94).Dr Gupta has edited four books: Bhagat Singh Select Speeches and Writings, R.C. Dutt’s Open Letters to Lord Curzon & Other Speeches and Papers, Changing Modes of Production in India and Minorities and Human Rights in India. He has also co-edited two volumes of Human Rights: Acts, Statutes and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352809721
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