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Mr. Chidambaram’s war by Arundhati Roy – Part 5

tricolor landscape

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 When the scale of money involved is what it is, the stakeholders are not always easy to identify. Between the CEOs in their private jets and the wretched tribal Special Police Officers in the “people’s” militias—who for a couple of thousand rupees a month fight their own people, …

Mr. Chidambaram’s war by Arundhati Roy – Part 3

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 The first move in that direction is the concerted campaign that has been orchestrated to shoehorn the myriad forms of resistance taking place in this country into a simple George Bush binary: If you are not with us, you are with the Maoists. The …

Mr. Chidambaram’s war by Arundhati Roy – Part 2

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 Right now in central India, the Maoists’ guerrilla army is made up almost entirely of desperately poor tribal people living in conditions of such chronic hunger that it verges on famine of the kind we only associate with sub-Saharan Africa. They are …

Tribals in India

Sad face on tree stump

Some thoughts around tribals in India, and their relative political abandonment. Trying to look at the psychological influences on behaviour and what is possible to address that which is not working. A little hurried, because time is a big issue these days, but I’d like to share these thoughts. Also a comment on the thought …

The Republic's abandoned kids – finally owned!

“Our republic cannot bear the stain of killing its children like this” ~ Indian Supreme Court Judge on possibility of extra-judicial killing of Maoist Azad. There is hope. This isn’t a matter of supporting Maoists or not, but the profound simple matter of the role of the police in carrying out the stated will of …