A small village in West Bengal that was the center of an uprising by the CPI(M) led by Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal. At the time of the uprising, the peasants of the village were being systematically forced off of their land, and sharecroppers were being killed with impunity by local police when they attempted to occupy or work on the land from which they’d been exiled. The Naxalite rebellion was the attempt to rise up against oppressive police and paramilitary forces and redistribute land to the impoverished. Though rooted in the desire for equality and justice, the Naxalite movement would soon resort to violent methods and become known as a radical terrorist faction.
Naxalbari Term Timeline in The Lowland
The timeline below shows where the term Naxalbari appears in The Lowland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 4
...Udayan often stay up late, listening to the radio and discussing what is happening in Naxalbari. Udayan supports the peasant rebellion, but Subhash has reservations, feeling that the peasants’ primitive weapons... (full context)
Over the summer, the conflict worsens, and there are demonstrations in support of the Naxalbari peasants at both Subhash and Udayan’s colleges. The West Bengal government authorizes a raid of... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5
...Calcutta University. Udayan’s schedule becomes erratic, and he frequently misses dinner. Subhash knows that the Naxalbari movement is spreading throughout India, and suspects that his brother is involved, but does not... (full context)
...distributed, and from reading them Subhash learns that the peasant rebels are still active in Naxalbari. They are even having some success, and landowners are fleeing after a spate of landowning... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 1