Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Maoists vs. Communists

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

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Violence continues in rural West Bengal, where the Indian military is campaigning against a scrappy band of rebels referred to as “Maoists.” How do Maoists differ from your garden-variety followers of Marxist tenets? Microkhan broke it down a few years back, when the Nepalese civil war was in full swing. Seems like it’s mostly about the proletariat’s day-to-day jobs—if their people spend more time whacking the soil with sticks than manufacturing steel, insurgents are likely to come down on the Maoist side of the ideological equation.

(Image via this pro-Naxalite blog; caveat visitor if you have a low tolerance for the far left)

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