Hello Bastar

Hello Bastar

Rahul Pandita

Language: English

Pages: 113

ISBN: 9380658346

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Hello Bastar is the inside story of the current Maoist movement in India

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(labourers') perception of poverty as a matter of "fate" (naseeb) has changed; now they often see it as a matter of injustice.' It is this sense of injustice that turned Ram Pravesh Baitha into a Naxalite. In April 2010, a young Naxal commander, Sandesh Kushwaha took revenge for the killing of his father by killing 57-year-old Badan Mahto and his son in Bihar's Rohtas district. It is believed that in a property dispute, Mahto had been instrumental in killing Kushwaha's father. After his father's

more than 500 rifles. The Maoists have also developed expertise in preparing deadly IEDs—Improvised Explosive Devices. The experts among the Maoist guerillas can trigger them with the help of rudimentary things like syringes, camera flashbulbs or even V-shaped twigs scattered in the forest. Reports25 suggest that they have also developed expertise to clone modern rifles like the AK-47 in factories run by them in their areas of influence. Over the past few years, the Maoists have developed

chose to marry in the office of the Communist Party of India (CPI). As a young boy, Ganesh Shanbag had run away from his home in Coorg to join Subhash Chandra Bose's army, and later, as a lawyer, he would fight the cases of communists arrested in the Telangana struggle. While his briefcase would be full of petitions filed on behalf of the arrested comrades, Kumud would be busy knitting and collecting sweaters to be sent for soldiers fighting the war with China. Kobad's father Adi Ghandy was the

war.' The Strategy and Tactics document adopted at the last Party Congress (held in 2007) further says: 'However, we should not belittle the importance of the fact that the urban areas are the strong centres of the enemy. Building up of a strong urban revolutionary movement means that our party should build a struggle network capable of waging struggle consistently by sustaining itself until the protracted people's war reaches the stage of the strategic offensive. With this long-term

live on the hill slopes and are popularly known as Girijans—hill people. As is the case with most of the tribal communities, the life of the Girijans too revolved around the jungle. They would eat whatever grew in the forest and also grow some crops through the method of shifting cultivation. But over the years, the Girijans had been trapped by moneylenders and were now absolutely in their grip. It so happened that the newly-implemented national forest law had made it difficult for the tribal

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