The Lowland

The Lowland

by

Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Naxalites are, today, commonly viewed as terrorists whose violent acts and demonstrations in support of far-left Communist ideologies trace back to the original 1967 splintering of the CPI(ML) off of the previously established CPI(M) and the associate Naxalite Rebellion in Naxalbari.
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Part 1, Chapter 5
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On April 22, 1969—Lenin’s birthday—a third communist party launches in Calcutta. They call themselves Naxalites. Majumdar and Sanyal are at its head—Sanyal is the “party chairman.” Sanyal gives a speech,... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 1
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...him in on what has happened in the country in his absence. By 1970, the Naxalites had “plastered” Calcutta with images of Mao, disrupted elections, and set off bombs. After a... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
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...child to them. Subhash then tells Gauri that no one in America knows about the Naxalite movement; no one there will bother her. Subhash tells her that he knows she still... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 4
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...Bela was born. Many of Udayan’s comrades are still being tortured in prison. Though the Naxalite movement has attracted the attention of some Westerners, and many have written the Indian government... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 4
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...to her for so many years. She asks questions about Udayan—about his involvement with the Naxalites, about whether he knew she was going to be born. Eventually, the exhausted Subhash excuses... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 1
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...in a while, on the internet or in the paper, Gauri notices a piece mentioning Naxalite activity in India and Nepal; Maoist insurgents are holding demonstrations and committing acts of violence... (full context)
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...book, he reveals that he is writing a history of students at Presidency when the Naxalite movement was at its height. Dipankar wants to interview Gauri about her experience. Gauri’s eye... (full context)
Part 8, Chapter 2
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Udayan remembers how his involvement with the Naxalites began. He and his fellow students lamented their country’s stagnant economy and deterioration of living... (full context)