A Prehistory of Violence? Revolution and Martyrs in the Making of a Political Tradition in Kerala

  title={A Prehistory of Violence? Revolution and Martyrs in the Making of a Political Tradition in Kerala},
  author={Dilip M. Menon},
  journal={South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies},
  pages={662 - 677}
  • Dilip M. Menon
  • Published 23 June 2016
  • Political Science
  • South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
ABSTRACT The Communist Party of India (CPI) adopted a revolutionary line in 1948, but agrarian insurrection was efficiently suppressed by the newly independent Indian state. The CPI moved towards an engagement with parliamentary communism, and in 1957, Kerala became the first state in the world to elect a communist government to power. However, the idea of transformative, revolutionary violence stayed alive and became the premise for brutal internecine warfare between the Left and its opponents… 

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