History revisited: Embers of China’s ‘cultural revolution’

Updated On Oct 31, 2019 12:09 PM IST
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In 1966, Mao Zedong waves at the beginning of China's Cultural Revolution. May 16, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of a 1966 party meeting that spearheaded the 10-year Cultural Revolution, a violent and frequently chaotic attempt by Mao to reassert his power and revive his party's egalitarian ideals. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 12:09 PM IST

In 1966, Mao Zedong waves at the beginning of China's Cultural Revolution. May 16, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of a 1966 party meeting that spearheaded the 10-year Cultural Revolution, a violent and frequently chaotic attempt by Mao to reassert his power and revive his party's egalitarian ideals. (AP File Photo)

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Drummers raise their cymbals and sticks as others hold up small booklets containing the writings of then chairman, Mao Zedong, during a demonstration by Red Guard youth groups in front of the Soviet Embassy in Beijing. (AP File Photo)
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Drummers raise their cymbals and sticks as others hold up small booklets containing the writings of then chairman, Mao Zedong, during a demonstration by Red Guard youth groups in front of the Soviet Embassy in Beijing. (AP File Photo)

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Religious sculptures lean against the wall of a suburban Beijing Buddhist temple after being ripped from their pedestals by Red Guards, infused by Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong's calls to root out vestiges of old Chinese culture. (AP File Photo)
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Religious sculptures lean against the wall of a suburban Beijing Buddhist temple after being ripped from their pedestals by Red Guards, infused by Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong's calls to root out vestiges of old Chinese culture. (AP File Photo)

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A young woman identified only as Ms. Zhou calls out to embolden her fellow Red Guards in Beijing's Tiananmen Square at the start of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. (AP File Photo)
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A young woman identified only as Ms. Zhou calls out to embolden her fellow Red Guards in Beijing's Tiananmen Square at the start of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. (AP File Photo)

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A vendor (right) takes a nap next to posters showing the late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong (centre) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) at a market in Beijing. Fifty years after the Cultural Revolution spread bloodshed and turmoil across China, the Communist-ruled country is driving firmly down the capitalist road but Mao Zedong's legacy remains. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 12:09 PM IST

A vendor (right) takes a nap next to posters showing the late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong (centre) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) at a market in Beijing. Fifty years after the Cultural Revolution spread bloodshed and turmoil across China, the Communist-ruled country is driving firmly down the capitalist road but Mao Zedong's legacy remains. (AFP File Photo)

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Children are seen at a rally during the height of the Red Guard upheaval, waving copies of the collected writings of Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong, often referred to as Mao's Little Red Book, and carrying a poster of Karl Marx. (AP File Photo)
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Children are seen at a rally during the height of the Red Guard upheaval, waving copies of the collected writings of Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong, often referred to as Mao's Little Red Book, and carrying a poster of Karl Marx. (AP File Photo)

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Paramilitary solders stand guard at Tiananmen Square where the portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong is seen, on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution in Beijing, China. (Reuters Photo)
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Paramilitary solders stand guard at Tiananmen Square where the portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong is seen, on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution in Beijing, China. (Reuters Photo)

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Two men with placards around their necks are declared anti-revolutionary elements and paraded through the streets of Beijing by members of the Red Guard during the early days of the Cultural Revolution. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 12:09 PM IST

Two men with placards around their necks are declared anti-revolutionary elements and paraded through the streets of Beijing by members of the Red Guard during the early days of the Cultural Revolution. (AP File Photo)

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