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The First Naxal
An Authorised Biography of Kanu Sanyal

First Edition
Critical Acclaim


August 2014 | 266 pages | SAGE India

It seldom happens that the story of an individual becomes so intertwined with the cause she or he stands for that it becomes impossible to separate the one from the other. Kanu Sanyal’s is one such rare story: to read it is to relive the history of the Naxalite Movement, which the Indian establishments call the country’s biggest internal security threat.

This book narrates the making of Kanu Sanyal right from his childhood to the days of the Naxalbari uprising and beyond. It delves deep into Sanyal’s evolution as a Communist rebel and throws light on the various stages of the Naxalite Movement with relevant background information. 

What is significant about this book is that this is the only authorised biography of Kanu Sanyal in any language—he personally read and cleared all its chapters but the last one, which deals with his aberrant demise.

 
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Beginning from the End
 
Days at the School
 
Drift to Politics
 
Partition, Independence and Matriculation
 
At College: Beginning of a Political Quest
 
Ban on CPI: The Birth of a Rebel
 
Meeting Charu Mazumdar: Destiny’s First Glance
 
Off to Village: The Real Beginning
 
Asserting Farmers’ Rights: Time for Action
 
Land Reforms: The Differences Within
 
Sino-India War and the Split in CPI
 
Differences with Charu Mazumdar and the Chathat Experiment
 
Outbreak of Naxalbari Movement
 
Off to China and Meeting Mao Tse-tung
 
Formation and Disintegration of CPI-ML
 
Release from Jail and the Beginning of a New Struggle
 
Revolution versus Terrorism: Nandigram to Lalgarh
 
Private Life
 
Rebel Who Did Not Return Home
 
Photographs
 
Glossary
 
Historic Documents and News Clippings
 
The life and Times of Kanu Sanyal: A Chronology
 
Select Bibliography
 
Index

This very readable book is a story of how that very Sanyal later embraced Marxism in its most extreme form - and went on to regret it later...this book meticulously unveils how Sanyal and his comrades built the CPI and later the CPI-M in Siliguri region that included Naxalbari.

Hindustan Times

The only book wherein the founder is himself narrating the story about the origin, progress, climax and present status of the movement.  The book brings to light several hitherto unknown and startling facts of the Naxalite Movement.

The Echo of India

This informative book narrates the making of Sanyal right from childhood to the Naxalbari uprising and beyond. It goes deep into the evolution of Sanyal as a communist rebel and throws light on the various stages of naxalite movement.

The Hindustan Times

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Bappaditya Paul

Bappaditya Paul is a senior reporter at The Statesman headquarters in Kolkata. He received his master’s degree in mass communication before joining The Statesman in 2005 as a staff reporter in Siliguri. Paul has published a number of articles on issues ranging from Naxalism to Gorkhaland Movement, and contemporary Indian politics to environmental degradation.The First Naxal: An Authorised Biography of Kanu Sanyal is his maiden book. The author can be reached at firstnaxal@gmail.com.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132117872
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