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Naxalism: Romance with revolution
Non-conformism is at the core of such guerilla warfare; nothing that the government does will stop them and the latter will know soon how bad a strategy the quashing of Red Corridor romantics is.
THE INEVITABLE romanticism is at the heart of what we have come to feel as sympathy for Naxalism. The latter, as of today is described as a no-nonsense phenomenon grappling the state and the democracy that we continue to be a part of. However, the diversity of the definition of democracy lays bare, as one recalls the notion that rebels in the jungles are actually fighting for democracy and their belief that nation is a democracy only in name.
 
The romantic ideologies of a revolution are alluring, charming and attractive, to put it modestly. The entire citadel of culture, art, literature and the society – civil society as a whole is awash with quixotic depiction of revolution (Naxalism in the Indian context) where mutineers are the heroic protagonists.
 
Mutinous veterans say politics in the older days was the thinker’s thing – it was intelligent and so we know from history. Kobad Ghandy, the blasé and rebel-at-heart leader of the unfathomable insurgency called Naxalism has an academic record that any other normal kid would envy and scholars would be proud of. A Doon School product, a St Xavier’s educated child, and then a degree from London.
 
As a Kashmiri non-conformist had said, “You basically need romanticism to become a guerilla.”
The escapism, adventures, running away, crossing borders with comrades, shoulder-to-shoulder amity, encountering of forces, camping together, upheaval brewing in the hearts, chorus of poignant songs of mutiny, going to jail, life in the jungles, pounding heartbeats, diagram of ushering in change – the entire world has had shares of such stupendously romantic ideology-driven mutinies. The thrill of upsetting the government which the comrades seek to topple would bring the broadest smiles on their faces.

 
Poets would yearn for libretto on such themes, authors would long for a narrative on them, and movie directors will always love depicting Naxals as a defiant group of young bloods wanting to herald revolutionary changes.
 
And, we know leftists have it in them. As for inspiration, Fiedel Castro, Mao, Lenin, Charu Mazumder will suffice.

 
For, this romanticism at hearts will stay forever as non-conformism is at the core of such guerilla warfare; nothing that the government does will stop them and the latter will know soon how bad a strategy the quashing of Red Corridor romantics is, but for that the plan needs to boomerang. As of today, it won’t ricochet, some day, it might.  
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