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Maoist Martyrs: remembering the revolution and its heroes in naxalite propaganda (India)

Bert Suykens (UGent)
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By closely analysing Naxalite propaganda material, I explain the functionality of martyrdom in the Maoist movement in India. I show that their concept of secular martyrdom is multifaceted, but can be traced to a mix of several elements in classical Maoist doctrine (sacrifice, dialectics, and critique). As such, the cult of the secular martyr serves both practical and ideological aims. My analysis, tracing martyrdom to secular ideology, opens new possibilities for studying this type of martyrdom, which has come under pressure in the wake of the 9=11 attacks.
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naxalites, martyr, maoism, India, propaganda

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Suykens, Bert. “Maoist Martyrs: Remembering the Revolution and Its Heroes in Naxalite Propaganda (India).” TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE, vol. 22, no. 3, 2010, pp. 379–94, doi:10.1080/09546551003729864.
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Suykens, B. (2010). Maoist Martyrs: remembering the revolution and its heroes in naxalite propaganda (India). TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE, 22(3), 379–394. https://doi.org/10.1080/09546551003729864
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Suykens, Bert. 2010. “Maoist Martyrs: Remembering the Revolution and Its Heroes in Naxalite Propaganda (India).” TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE 22 (3): 379–94. https://doi.org/10.1080/09546551003729864.
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Suykens, Bert. 2010. “Maoist Martyrs: Remembering the Revolution and Its Heroes in Naxalite Propaganda (India).” TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE 22 (3): 379–394. doi:10.1080/09546551003729864.
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Suykens B. Maoist Martyrs: remembering the revolution and its heroes in naxalite propaganda (India). TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE. 2010;22(3):379–94.
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B. Suykens, “Maoist Martyrs: remembering the revolution and its heroes in naxalite propaganda (India),” TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 379–394, 2010.
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