Hello Bastar - The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement

By Rahul Pandita

Hi Bastar is the interior tale of the present Maoist flow in India

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A creative influence of the 1st 'martyr' of the Peoples's conflict team, Peddi Shankar. A memorial biult via the Maoista for his or her fallen comrades in a distant village in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. one of many sufferers of an alleged faux come upon by way of Salwa Judam in Chhattisgarh in January 2009. (Photo supplied by way of the CPI (Maoist)) PLGA warring parties on the 2007 Maoist Congress held within the jungles of Bihar (Photo supplied through the CPI (Maoist)) Anuradha Ghandy within the PLGA uniform on the 2007 Congress after being inducted into the crucial Committee of the CPI (Maoist) Anuradha Ghandy in a photograph taken via her brother on her marriage ceremony (Photo courtesy: Ritesh Uttamchandini) 14Interview to the writer. 15Frontline, 11-24 October 2003. 16'We shall definitely defeat the government', Open journal, 17 October 2009. 17Interview to Tehelka's Shoma Chowdhury, 12 June 2010. 18The occasions of India, 28 September 2010. 19In a celebration press free up. 20Interview to the writer. 21Aman Sethi, 'Death stalks disease-hit Dantewada', The Hindu, 10 October 2010. 22Quoted from Satnam's Jangalnama released by means of Penguin Books India, 2010. 23As suggested in People's March, April 2007. 24India Human Rights file, July-September 2010. 25Vishwa Mohan, the days of India, 18 January 2010. 26R. Dutta Choudhury, The Assam Tribune, thirteen February 2010. VII THE GUERILLAS, THE REPUBLIC don't worry dying loads yet quite the insufficient existence. —Bertolt Brecht how will you frighten a guy whose starvation is not just in his personal cramped belly yet within the wretched bellies of his childrens? you cannot scare him—he has recognized an apprehension past another. —John Steinbeck what's it that has attracted the younger women and men of Dandakaranya into the Maoist fold? in any case, except the hardcore 10,000 power of the Maoist's People's Liberation Guerilla military, there are millions of Adivasi adolescence who're linked to the Maoists within the kind of civil military and different base strength (see the constitution of the Maoists pp. 103-115). The Adivasis haven't any reference element to a greater existence. they've got few aspirations except, might be, greater meals. not anything has replaced in those elements of the rustic for hundreds of years other than a feeling of empowerment engendered through the Maoists. it's the monsoon of 2010, and i'm in a Maoist camp, set alongside an indignant river, someplace at the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. The camp is gigantic, and at any given aspect of time, squads of Maoist rebels are coming and going from the camp. there's a consistent flurry of task. younger women and men move approximately doing their responsibility with surgical precision. in a single nook, males are aiding in cooking nutrition, women are reducing firewood, and in one other, a cultural troupe is rehearsing for a night express in a close-by village. In an open tent—essentially a thick sheet of plastic unfold over a jute rope—a senior Maoist chief is accomplishing a technique category for younger recruits. a few ladies are combing their hair and massaging it with coconut oil—their basically indulgence. A small tape recorder performs Gondi songs.

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