Magic Moments of Struggle: Women's Memory of the Naxalbari Movement in West Bengal, India (1967-75)

Mallarika Sinha Roy

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This paper focuses on women's memories of participation in the Naxalbari movement in West Bengal. These memories, sourced from women's oral histories and published memoirs, capture not only women's visions of emancipation and camaraderie but their everyday struggles, experiences of fear and violence and patriarchal domination within the movement as well. As these memories are refracted by the women's diverse socio-economic and cultural locations, the paper makes an effort to distinguish the multiple meanings of the ‘magic moments of struggle' in the lives of peasant/working-class women, from those of middle-class women from smaller towns and upper middle-class metropolitan women.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndian Journal of Gender Studies
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)205-232
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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