In conversation with Abhijit Mazumdar, the son of Charu Mazumdar, who led the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) in its violent confrontation with the Indian state until his death in 1972.
“In those days, exploitation used to take place right in front of our eyes. We knew who the exploiters were. That is not the case now. Our exploiters are too many: the government, officials, powerful companies, real estate dealers.”
The women who fought against exploitation and the poor families who took in their children, bringing them up on their own, were making history even if none of them appear in its annals.
Chandramma, a former revolutionary, speaks of the trials and tribulations of her time underground as a Naxalite in Andhra Pradesh five decades ago.