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A Critique of Naxalite Movement

June 2, 2011

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[Published in: The Sentinel (Assam) ] by Subhajit Bhadra Dilip Simeon’s first novel, Revolution Highway is a significant attempt in the domain of Indian writing in English as the author deals with the Naxalite movement that shook the Indian State during the late 1960s and early 1970s and the after-effects or implications of that movement […]

Violence as a virus

March 16, 2011

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(Published in: Nepali Times, Issue No. 542 (25 February 2011 – 03 March 2011) REVIEW Dilip Simeon delves into revolutionary zeal Dilip Simeon’s debut novel Revolutionary Highway charts the course of a group of students at Delhi University in the late 1960s. Inspired by what appears to be the global pulse of revolution, they become […]

You Say You Want a Revolution

January 3, 2011

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(Published in: The Caravan, January 2011) An inspired account of the radical movements of the 1960s and 70s By ANJUM HASAN Published : January 2011 HOW BEST TO WRITE HISTORICAL REVOLUTIONS into fiction? Gustave Flaubert showed us one way in his grand 19th-century bildungsroman, Sentimental Education , in which events and ideas of great national […]

Hit and Miss

December 29, 2010

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(Published in: The Telegraph, 17 December 2010) HIT AND MISS – Highway to nowhere Nothing of value Revolution highway By Dilip Simeon, Penguin, Rs 299 As the 1960s closed out on us and the 1970s began with the spectre of lost causes, events in eastern India, and especially in Calcutta, left hundreds of us scarred; […]

Of Angels and History

November 14, 2010

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[A truncated verison of this review appeared in Outlook Magazine, 22 November 2010; posted below is the complete version.] by Manjushree Thapa Anyone interested in India’s Naxalite movement will find much to linger over in Dilip Simeon’s enjoyable, jangly, rough-and-ready novel Revolution Highway. Right off, Simeon makes quick work of establishing the context from which […]

Up The Barrel

November 13, 2010

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(Published earlier in: Outlook Magazine | Nov 22, 2010) Anyone interested in the Naxalite movement will find much to mull over in this enjoyably jangly, rough-and-ready novel by Manjushree Thapa Anyone interested in the Naxalite movement will find much to mull over in Dilip Simeon’s enjoyably jangly, rough-and-ready novel Revolution Highway. Right off, Simeon establishes […]

In search of a revolution and a commode

November 10, 2010

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(Published earlier in: The Asian Age,  7 November, 2010) by Sudhanva Deshpande A shot rings out in the red light district of Sonagachi in Calcutta. A bullet, carrying “its own convoluted history”, undertakes a “swift journey from hibernation to obliteration”. A truck driver bolts, fearing for his life and limb. He curses his khalasi, cleaner. […]