The rise and decline of communism in South Asia: a review essay


This review provides a wide-ranging survey of the post-war history of communism and communist parties in South Asia with particular attention to developments in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. It focuses on the parties and organisations of the communist left; the key elements of their political programmes and practices; and their relationship with other forces on the left. It assesses the dynamic between communist and nationalist politics and between clandestine revolutionary and peaceful parliamentary roads to political advance in the South Asian context.

TCC3 1968 and after