A Traveler and the Road - The Journey of An Indian Communist

A Traveler and the Road - The Journey of An Indian Communist

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Author: Mohit Sen
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 524
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129100568


This Memoir is a stirring account of the life and work of veteran communist Mohit Sen during the last six decades of the twentieth century. While fondly recalling his childhood, student days, fascination for the Communist movement and gradual departure from that party, Mohit Sen leads you through the history and politics of contemporary India.

The desalinization drive, the Chinese aggression of 1962, the split of the Communist Party in 1969, liberation of Bangladesh, the Emergency – one passes many a milestone of Indian history through this absorbing narrative.

It is necessary to try and understand why the Communist Movement succeeded, as it is to analyze why in the end it did not win. In India, the Communist Movement advanced, but did not triumph. It passed through serious setbacks, but was not defeated. Sen’s support to the Emergency, his continuing association with the Congress leadership as well as his distinct political insight provide a fresh perspective to Indian politics.

Through his experience and reading, Mohit Sen endeavors to work out the theory and practice of those he calls the new thinking communists. This biography, says Sen, is a part of this continuing effort.




My Early Years

Growing Up in Calcutta

In Cambridge

In China

The Years in the CPI Headquarters

The Chinese Attack

Talking with Pandit Nehru

The Split and the CPI's New Line

CPI and the Prague Spring

Transition and Turmoil

First Years in Ajoy Bhawan

Bangladesh and the Emergency

The Emergency and After

Meetings with Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, Tirupati and Gujarat

Rajiv Gandhi's Endeavour

The Year 1991

The Last Decade

Vanaja Dies