Both maps on the left and right show the NWest state of India, viz., West Bengal. I
stared at the map on the left for a long time trying to find the birthplace of the
Naxalite movement. As we know the movement took its name from the village in which
conflict broke out in May 1967.
It's interesting that West Bengal shares a long border with Bangladesh which, ever
since the influential
1971 Bangladesh concert
by George Harrison and Rave Shankar) has become symbol of poverty, suggests that
West Bengal's poverty might be of a similar magnitude, in which case
this location of the emergence of the Naxalite movement might not be a surprise.
Since West Bengal is the Indian state closest to China, this location might also help explain why the movement (founded in 1967 before Chairman Mao died in '76) is identified more with the thoughts of Mao than Lenin.
The Economist (w/o evidence) claims that the place where Naxalite was founded is no longer sympathetic to the movement.
That's a bit different than what the tourist ad (capitalists with money on the line) suggests.
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