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Bastar Needs You

Tribal women at Weekly Village Market of Farasgaon (Bastar)

Bastar. An abstract name of some strange place where there is Naxalism. And therefore a place to be avoided, to be dreaded and mostly ignored. Not a land of a people who love, have children, earn livelihoods, make houses, sing, dance and celebrate. Not a land of everyday interpersonal conflicts, a tiff with a neighbour, …

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 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 …