Naxalite?Maoist insurgency

Tribal women at Weekly Village Market of Farasgaon (Bastar)
Agriculture
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Bastar Needs You

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, […]

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

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, […]

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Mr. Chidambaram’s war by Arundhati Roy – Part 4

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 People who had come from the war zones, from Lalgarh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, described the police repression, the arrests, the torture, the killing, the corruption, and the fact that in places like Orissa, they seemed to take orders directly from the officials who worked for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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