If you’re an adivasi living in a forest village and 800 CRP come and surround your village and start burning it, what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on hunger strike? Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.–
I am going to go off on a bit of a tangent via indigenous resistance and unpopular ideologies like Maoism… You can completely denounce Mao and his horrors while having some understanding for why many political parties have emerged under his name— political parties which are made up of EXTREMELY marginalized people, namely indigenous folks.
For example the adiyasi and the Naxilites, they are ultra-violent at times and have adopted Maoism due to a variety of reasons including Mao’s emphasis on the peasant class/agrarian workers as a vanguardist class. But instead of just being like HURR THIRD WORLD NATIONALISM THAT IS INFLUENCED BY MURDEROUS DICTATORS, you need to understand why are these people resorting to such extreme means to cultivate political agency?
If you aren’t asking this question, if you aren’t asking how peasant classes that exist in a pre-capitalist epistomology can rebel once modernity is dumped onto their lab via a government bureaucrat holding a property deed and saying ‘THIS IS OUR LAND NOW, ’ then you should shut the fuck up about how oppressive people are for supporting Naxilities and those inspired by MAO.