The Dark Side of Globalization

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Globalization has brought many benefits, including the reduction of poverty in several countries. But it also has a dark side: the unleashing of negative forces as a result of the compression of time and space made possible by modern technology. From arms trafficking in West Africa through armed insurgencies in South Asia and the upsurge of jihad in the age of globalization, this book examines the challenges that the dark forces of globalization pose to the international system and the responses they have triggered. Written largely by authors from developing countries, the book's goal is to help maximize the beneficial consequences of globalization while muting its baleful effects.



Maoism in a globalizing India

The persistence of “Naxalism”, the Maoist “revolutionary” politics, in India after over six decades of parliamentary politics is a visible paradox in a democratic “socialist” India. Inheriting pre-independence “revolutionary” politics situated in a feudal-colonial context, India “resolved” it by 1951 with political, military and civil society initiatives. However, the socioeconomic conditions that aided the Communist Party of India to launch a Russian and Chinese inspired revolution in Telangana in 1946 persisted and aided the China-inspired communist faction to launch another “revolution” from Naxalbari, in West Bengal, in 1967. The Indian state suppressed the movement within five years, leaving the basic issues, land reforms and rural deprivation, which had inspired the two experiments with Marxist-Leninist-Maoist (henceforth Naxalism) unresolved.


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