Passive revolution meets peasant revolution: Indian nationalism and the Telangana revolt

TitlePassive revolution meets peasant revolution: Indian nationalism and the Telangana revolt
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsRoosa, J
JournalJOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES
Volume28
Pagination57-94
ISBN Number0306-6150
KeywordsAnthropology, article, India, Nationalism, Peasant Rebellions, Political History
Abstract

An explanation of how the struggles by villagers in the region of Telangana in the 1940s evolved into the largest rural armed conflict in twentieth-century India, requires an understanding not just of property relations in the region (the focus of most previous studies of the revolt), but also of the nationalist movement there, and the political conjuncture at the time of Indian independence. As much a nationalist mobilization as a revolt over land and grain, the Telangana struggle attained its success because the enemy was a decrepit sultanate - the princely state of Hyderabad attempting to remain outside an independent India - against whom followers of both the CPI and the Indian National Congress fought.