Amar Bari Tomar Bari Naxalbari
Price:Rs.400 (special discount)
Author: Sumit Kumar
Publisher: Horizon Books
Length: 160 pages
Amar Bari Tomar Bari is the dark history of two facets of the communist movement in India - the Naxalbari uprising and the current Maoist conflict in central India - In the form of a comic book
Summary of the book
For the first time, read Independent India's political history in the form of a no holds barred, satirical comic book.
In the newly independent India - food production is at an all time low, Zamindars control the farms, Nehru is dead, the coalation bengal government is headed for the wall and a tiny village in West Bengal plays host to an uprising.
From the tiny village of Naxalbari the story travels back and forth in time, as it takes you to pre-independence Hyderabad, post independence Andhra Pradesh and finally to the jungles of Dandkaranya (Bastar and surrounding regions) where the sparks of Naxalbari finally grew into the fire that today impacts India and its people.
Amar Bari... brings together an innovative series of comics first published online at Newslaundry
"Amar Bari Tomar Bari Naxalbari is an unusual, at times insightful, at times over-the-top, tragi-comic cartoon history of the Naxalbari revolt of 1967. Read these comics to get a very contemporary take on the origins, struggles and growth of a revolutionary movement that continues to inspire many and give governments in our country plenty to chew on; a movement that bears the distinction of having supplied the nationalistic imagination with one of its most damning epithets: Naxalite!"
- Orijit Sen
River of Stories, Pao Collective, People Tree Studios
"Sumit brings alive the trials and tribulations of India's heart of
darkness with his sharply cutting storytelling. Highly recommended for
its wit and ironism."
- Rahul Pandita
Hello Bastar, Our Moon Has Blood Clots, Absent State
"Really difficult to balance the dark and funny while telling a historical narrative, but Sumit Kumar has done it so brilliantly & effortlessly that it hurts." - Varun Grover; Comedian, Screenwriter and Lyricist (Masaan, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Dam Laga Ke Haisha)
About the author
Sumit Kumar is a cartoonist based in New Delhi. His first graphic novel 'The Itch You Can't Scratch' has gained a strong cult following (meaning, not a mainstream one) and his political comics for Newslaundry have gotten mainstream acclaim.
He's also co authored the lesser known webcomic Aaapki Poojita
He lives in Delhi and practices storytelling on his webcomic Bakarmax
About the publisher
Horizon Books is an outcome of belief that writing should not be confined to very few. With this thought and armed with a state of the art production facility in the steel city of Bhilai (low production costs, yay!), Horizon Books was established in the year 2008.
Written and drawn by : Sumit Kumar
Edited by : Abhinandan Sekhri
Published by: Bhuwan Shrivastava
Designed by: Shikhant Sablania
Cover art by: Bhanu Pratap
Author has pledged to invest all his royalty in ventures based in the tribal regions of central India via the microfinance platform Rang De
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