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2010

Fish, Rice, Blood
A CIVILIAN BUS IS BLOWN UP. SIX MEN ARE ARRESTED. BELOW RADAR, A MINDLESS CYCLE OF VIOLENCE ROLLS ON IN DANTEWADA. TUSHA MITTAL REPORTS FROM GROUND ZERO
5th Jun 2010

War Games People Play
SURVIVORS OF THE WORST-EVER KILLINGS BY MAOISTS REVEAL HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS VIRTUALLY SENDING JAWANS TO THEIR DEATHS IN CHHATTISGARH, REPORTS AJIT SAHI. PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHAILENDRA PANDEY
17th April 2010

How Many Deaths Before Too Many Die
WE CAN PHYSICALLY EXTERMINATE THE MAOISTS, BUT WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH THE BIG, REBUKING QUESTIONS THEY HAVE UNLEASHED AROUND US?
By SHOMA CHAUDHURY, Managing Editor
17th April 2010

Their Crime Was They Were Boys
Close to a village where police shot Adivasis dead last November, 13 minors have been jailed for ‘waging war against the State’. BRIJESH PANDEY reports from Koraput district of Orissa. Photographs by ANSHIKA VARMA
17th April 2010

THE TRUTH UNCOVERED
Attack On CRPF Camp Or Fake Encounter?

TUSHA MITTAL in Lalgarh, West Bengal
13th March 2010

‘Our Fight Is For Adivasi Identity’
Wanted by the West Bengal Police on several counts of murder, 33-year-old Maoist area commander Gurucharan Kisku, alias Marshall, who has recently formed a 150-strong splinter group, spoke to TUSHA MITTAL about the need for a tribal revolution.
27th February 2010

A Struggle To Find New Memories
In shocking testimonies, tribals from Chhattisgarh tell SANJANA how the Salwa Judum has driven them into Andhra Pradesh. Photographs by TARUN SEHRAWAT
13th February 2010

‘We The Non-People’
SANJANA
AND PHOTOGRAPHER TARUN SEHRAWAT BIKE DEEP INTO CHHATTISGARH’S INACCESSIBLE FORESTS, RETURNING WITH NIGHTMARE STORIES THE NATION HAS NO INKLING ABOUT
06th February 2010

Life Behind The Iron Curtain
The hounding of activist Himanshu Kumar is a parable about the war and panic in Chhattisgarh and the complete blackout of information, reports TUSHA MITTAL
16th January 2010

2009

The After Kill Of Narayanpatna
The bloodshed may have halted, but violence, fear and the possibility of starvation still haunt. SANJANA reports from the remote Orissa town where police killed two Adivasis last month
26th December 2009

A Zone Of Twisted Law
Two Adivasis — supposed Naxals — are killed by police in a remote Orissa town. SANJANA pens the only on-the-spot report from a land where the state dubs dissent as automatically Maoist Photographs BY TARUN SEHRAWAT
19th December 2009

“Halt the violence! Give me 72 hours”
With rare candour, P Chidambaram tells Shoma Chaudhury he is willing to engage with all aspects of the Naxal problem
21st November 2009

‘I Am The Real Desh Bhakt’
TUSHA MITTAL
confronts underground Maoist leader Kishenji on Maoist violence, strategy, and their quest for power
21st November 2009

Operation Blind Hunt
MAOISTS ATTACK AT WILL, FORCES ARE ON THE BACKFOOT AND FRAIL WIDOWS ARE THE ENEMY. TUSHA MITTAL LAYS BARE GROUND ZERO
07th November 2009

Weapons Of Mass Desperation
Operation Green Hunt, the offensive against Naxals, might blow up in our faces. SHOMA CHAUDHURY examines the tricky and dangerous terrain
3rd October 2009

The Pawn In A Dangerous Game
Chhatradhar Mahato could have played Lalgarh’s peace broker. Now his arrest may fuelmoreviolence. TUSHA MITTAL & SUMAN BHATTACHARYA report
10th October 2009

From The Eyes Of Dantewada
By AJIT SAHI
THE STRUGGLE IN THE SPRAWLING FORESTS OF CHHATTISGARH TELLS THE BLOODY STORY OF THE STATE, THE NAXALS AND THE PEOPLE CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE
24th October 2009

‘Do We Want Our Troops To Get Stuck Like The Americans In Afghanistan?’
HARINDER BAWEJA
ASKS KPS GILL, THE AUTHOR OF PUNJAB’S VICTORY OVER INSURGENTS, WHAT THE APPROACH TO THE NAXALS SHOULD BE
24th October 2009

Naxal salvo leaves Salva Judum reeling
By Rajendra Mohanty
The anti-Naxal movement in Chhattisgarh’s hinterland is losing steam in the face of fierce Maoist reprisals
24th September 2005

Naxals versus The People: A war without winners
By Rajendra Mohanty

24th September 2005

Fading Crimson Flaming Anger
The desperate battle for Lalgarh might recapture land for the Left, but the hearts and minds of its denizens are lost to them. SHANTANU GUHA RAY reports from the battle zone
04th July 2009

No Place To Call Their Own
Chhattisgarh’s tribals are fleeing their homes and bountiful natural resources to escape both the Salwa Judum and Naxals, reports ANJALI LAL GUPTA
11th July 2009

The Evil That Men Do
By AJIT SAHI

Tribal women claiming rape by Salwa Judum men in Chhattisgarh put a question mark on the NHRC, which rejected their testimonies. Photographs by SHAILENDRA PANDEY
18th July 2009

‘Naxalism Is Against The Natural Flow Of Life’
Activist Himanshu Kumar could not be swayed by the State’s wrath. SHOMA CHAUDHURY speaks to this Gandhian
06th June 2009

‘Everyone Is Scared Of The Naxals’
Jharkhand’s former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi tells AJIT SAHI that a tough stand is needed against the rebels
02nd May 2009

Bloodsport In The Jungles
As the Chhattisgarh police vow to crush the Naxals, AJIT SAHI meets the rebels in their lair and finds them angry and waiting
04th April 2009

‘In Time, Everyone Will Pick Up The Gun In India’
Rengam, a Naxal ‘commander’, speaks to AJIT SAHI from his hideout in the forests of Bijapur
04th April 2009

‘Harmad Isn’t Even A Dictionary Word’
CPI(M) responds to the adivasi struggle with determination to downplay its importance Eighty kilometres from the unfurling movement in Lalgargh sits chairperson of the Left Front and the CPI(M) Secretary Biman Bose. Speaking to SHRIYA MOHAN at the CPI(M) headquarters in Kolkata, he says that his party’s strategy this election is to ignore the growing unrest between the adivasis and the West Bengal state police.
25th April 2009

Lalgarh’s Red Arrows
A tribal protest against police atrocities in Lalgarh has surged into a huge movement. SHRIYA MOHAN reports on Bengal’s new flashpoint
25th April 2009

The Shark Has Pretty Teeth
This is a trial the world should be watching. The story of Binayak Sen is a wake-up call for India NAWAZ KOTWAL Activist
07th March 2009

The Jungle Justice Of The Trigger Happy
Salwa Judum kills 19 people claiming they are Naxals. The Naxals say they were innocent villagers. AJIT SAHI walks 40km in the jungles of Chhattisgarh to hunt the truth. Photographs by VIJAY PANDEY
7th February 2009

‘Violence will go up. This is total war’
Dantewada, the hotbed of Naxal insurgency in south Chhattisgarh, has seen 20 police chiefs in as many years, each Indian Police Service (IPS) officer averaging three-to-four months in the job before scrambling to safer postings. But when he gets posted out, as he hopes, in May this year, 34-year-old IPS officer Rahul Sharma will have completed a full two-year term here, the second-longest by any Superintendent of Police (SP) in the district. Currently in the thick of controversy over the January 8, 2009 killings of alleged Naxals (see main story) and facing the violent backlash from the Naxals, Sharma, the highest-ranking police officer leading the boots on the ground in the region, spoke to AJIT SAHI this week in Dantewada on his counterinsurgency ops against the Naxals and defended the killings:
7th February 2009

When Brother Fights Brother
The January 8 killings threaten to spiral the violence and doom millions to a deeper hopelessness in south Bastar, AJIT SAHI reports
7th February 2009

The Jungle Justice Of The Trigger Happy
Salwa Judum kills 19 people claiming they are Naxals. The Naxals say they were innocent villagers. AJIT SAHI walks 40km in the jungles of Chhattisgarh to hunt the truth. Photographs by VIJAY PANDEY
7th February 2009

Dead Men’s Tales
The High Court orders exhumations to dig up the truth of an alleged encounter, reports AJIT SAHI
14th February 2009

‘Naxals Will Rise Again Like The Phoenix’
Varavara Rao, 68, has been a key Naxal ideologue since the 1960s. A diehard believer that armed rebellion will bring ‘liberation’ to India like Mao Tse-tung in Communist China, Rao warns of a Naxal upsurge. Rao had led the Naxals in their disastrous dialogue with the Andhra Pradesh Government in 2004, after which the police had decimated the state’s Naxal leadership. Rao has just published his 50th collection of “anti-imperialist” poetry. AJIT SAHI met him at his home in Hyderabad when Rao spoke of the Naxals’ latest campaigns. Excerpts:
21st February 2009

Circle Of Violence
Maoists slaughter 15 policemen in Maharashtra signalling a revival. RANA AYYUB reports
21st February 2009

2008

Fight For Rights, Face State Fury
By SHOBHITA NAITHANI

First, Binayak Sen. Now, filmmaker-activist Ajay TG is arrested under draconian laws for opposing the Salva Judum
24th May 2008

Call The Salva Judum’s Bluff
By APOORVANAND
, Social commentator
Finally, some official voices do see the harm to democracy in using people as cannon fodder
19th April 2008

Everybody Loves A Naxal
As the word Naxal changes meaning, Sudeep Chakravarti’s book is essential reading, says ADITYA NIGAM
16th February 2008

The Doctor, The State, And A Sinister Case
The untenable imprisonment and victimisation of Dr Binayak Sen, a heroic humanitarian from Chhattisgarh, exposes Indian democracy as increasingly hollow, says SHOMA CHAUDHURY. Photographs by SHAILENDRA PANDEY
23rd February 2008

2007

Smash And Grab
What the CPM has unleashed is not a war for the control of Nandigram; it is waging a desperate and dirty battle for survival in its oldest fort. SHANTANU GUHA RAY reports
24th November 2007

Party Zindabad People Murdabad
Hundreds killed, raped and driven out, and the remaining made to join victory marches. The CPM was unwaveringly brutal in Nandigram, reports SHANTANU GUHA RAY
24th November 2007

Now Or Never For The CPM
By APOORVANAND
It is amusing to hear a party talk about the Constitution when it is trampling on it
24th November 2007

“They kill people like birds”
Activist DEBOJIT DATTA, who has played an active role in convening the BUPC, writes of Nandigram from behind the battlelines
24th November 2007

Growth At Gunpoint
The CPM's take over of Nandigram is nothing more than a continuation of rural India's age-old tradition of the powerful grabbing land forcibly from the poor, says CHARU SONI
24th November 2007

The Doctor, The State, And A Sinister Case
The untenable imprisonment and victimisation of Dr Binayak Sen, a heroic humanitarian from Chhattisgarh, exposes Indian democracy as increasingly hollow, says SHOMA CHAUDHURY. Photographs by SHAILENDRA PANDEY
24th November 2007

In The Line of Fire
Human rights activists fear a witch-hunt as Karnataka Police lists them as Naxal sympathisers. M. Radhika reports
25th August 2007

STATE VS NAXALS
VIGILANTE STATE

The war on Maoists in Chhattisgarh is beginning to turn on civil society, reports Shivam Vij
02nd June 2007

‘The problem in Chhattisgarh is not Naxalism. It is the administration’
KPS Gill, whose contract as adviser to the Chhattisgarh government on anti-Naxal strategies has not been renewed, spoke to Shivam Vij
19th May 2007

The Unbearable Lightness of Culture
In Nandigram’s grim wake, Bengal’s middle class has found new doubts but also a new activism. Shibani Chaudhury and Paramita Ghosh measure the Bengali intelligentsia’s changing equation with the Left
22nd March 2007

THE NANDIGRAM SIEGE
By Shoma chaudhury

24th March 2007

‘I LEFT THE NAXALS, JOINED SALVA JUDUM’
Only 19, former Naxalite Badri Nath Atami now teaches fellow adivasis how to fight the Naxals. He told his story to Shivam Vij
31st March 2007

‘If the State is violent, there will be counter-violence’
By Sankarshan Thakur
Revolutionary poet and ideologue Varavara Rao
31st March 2007

DICTATORSHIP OF THE PARTYTARIAT
Sankarshan Thakur
on the deep ideological and organisational rot that besets the Left today
31st March 2007

‘I LEFT THE NAXALS, JOINED SALVA JUDUM’
Only 19, former Naxalite Badri Nath Atami now teaches fellow adivasis how to fight the Naxals. He told his story to Shivam Vij
31st March 2007

Double-edged Dagger
The villagers of Dantewada have no choice but to chant the anti-Naxal mantra. Shivam Vij reports from Ranibodli, where Naxals killed 68 cops and Salva Judum volunteers
31st March 2007

‘WE HAVE TO PAY A PRICE TO FIGHT NAXALISM’
Unfazed by the criticism of Salva Judum, its founder and Congress leader Mahendra Karma tells Shivam Vij that he’s in the thick of a war
31st March 2007

'It’s outright war and both sides are choosing their weapons'
Chhattisgarh. Jharkhand. Bihar. Andhra Pradesh. Signposts of fractures gone too far with too little remedy. Arundhati Roy in conversation with Shoma Chaudhury on the violence rending our heartland
31st March 2007

THE DEMONS WE ALSO FEED
By Sankarshan Thakur
Ours is a nation founded on some of the most evolved ideas mankind has known. But no ban on inhumanity can outlaw the refusal to care. This year, like every other, didn’t see that change
13th January 2007

2006

INDIA AND THE THREE-LEGGED RUN
By Shoma Chaudhury
Throw an idea in the the crucible of reality and it will develop a dynamism of its own. Unlikely conversations, unlikely changes of heart, unlikely new directions
02nd December , 2006

‘Killers of innocents can’t be revolutionaries’
Pankaj Gupta
, IG, Anti-Naxalite Operations, says the extension of government’s surrender policy for Naxals has revived hopes for peace
04th November 2006

Trapped between Naxals and Salva Judum
For Kamlesh Paikra, a tribal journalist from Bastar, it is like being between a rock and a hard place. Shivam Vij spoke to him
25th November 2006

‘Tribals will wipe the Naxals out this summer’
Mahendra Karma
, Chhattisgarh Leader of Opposition and the brain behind Salva Judum
13th May 2006

‘The State has unleashed anarchy among tribals’
Manish Kunjaam
, CPI leader from Bastar
13th May 2006

MY BATTLE YOUR BLOOD
The State-sponsored Salva Judum against Naxalites has pitted tribal against tribal in a bloody confrontation. Sankarshan Thakur’s report from Bastar
13th May 2006

‘Naxalism has lost direction’
Former leader says extortion, vendetta and personal fiefs define the Maoist movement
11th April 2006

‘If we had to, we could have had killers all over the state’
Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen is an expert in dealing with Naxalites. Some of the other ‘Maoist-affected states’ seek his help in setting up anti-Naxalite commando forces or training personnel for anti-Naxalite operations. However, the inability of the state police to nab the Cobras, who are on a killing spree, has earned him the wrath of civil rights activists. They have accused the state police of connivance with the Cobras. Tehelka spoke to Sen on issues relating to the Naxal problem in the state and its lethal fallout, the Cobras. Excerpts: By PC Vinoj Kumar
04th March 2006

King Cobras in the jungle
Former Naxals Nayeemuddin and Nagaraju are running amok By PC Vinoj Kumar
04th March 2006

EXCLUSIVE: ANDHRA’S SECRET WARS
The Cobra Fields

Former Naxalites are being armed in Andhra Pradesh to take on underground Reds. Civil rights groups allege this is a covert war being waged by the State. PC Vinoj Kumar’s report
04th March 2006

2005

The Flowering of our discontent
The scale of the Naxal attack at Jehanabad jolted the country, typically eliciting horror at this band of nihilists. In a sensitive essay, Sankarshan Thakur offers other ways of thinking about this haemorrhage in our collective body
26th November 2005

 

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