Ashim Chatterjee

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Ashim Chatterjee is an Indian politician and a former Naxalite leader.[1] He was a student leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI(ML)) in Calcutta.[2] Chatterjee broke ranks with Charu Majumdar in 1971 after the failure of the attempts to build an armed movement in the Debra-Gopiballavbur area in West Bengal and due to the opposition of CPI(ML) towards the liberation struggle of Bangladesh. He was imprisoned during 1972-78. Chatterjee formed the Bengal-Bihar-Odisha Border Regional Committee, CPI(ML) as a separate faction. His group joined the CPI(ML) of Satyanarayan Singh. Later Chatterjee formed the Communist Revolutionary League of India.[3]

He unsuccessfully contested West Bengal legislative assembly (Bidhan Sabha) elections twice - first as a Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) supported Independent and in 2006, as a Trinamool Congress supported candidate.[4] He is popularly called as comrade Kaka.[5][6]


  1. ^ Bandopadhyay (13 December 1998). "In Marxist bastion, Hindu and Muslim students live separately". Indian Express. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Akbar, M .J (19 February 2010). "Naxal enigma". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Chatterjee, Ashim (18 June 1999). "Real issues are clouded by national chauvinism". The Asian Age. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Datta, Sujan (25 April 2006). "'70s' nemesis, now comrade - Ex-Naxal leader Ashim Chatterjee on same side as Ray". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Banerjee, Aloke (24 September 2009). "The new face of Naxalism". India Today. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  6. ^ CHATTOPADHYAY, SUHRID SANKAR (8 October 2005). "`Thunder' is just a memory". Frontline. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.