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  • P. V. Ramana

    Research Fellow
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    P V Ramana is Research Fellow at IDSA. A student of South Asian studies, he works on the Naxalite-Maoist movement in India. He was awarded MPhil in 1996, and PhD in 1999 by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the editor of a book entitled The Naxal Challenge (2008), and author of the book Understanding India’s Maoists: Select Documents (2014). He has contributed papers in national and international journals and periodicals, chapters in edited books and articles in newspapers and popular websites. He has published a commissioned paper entitled "Red Storm Rising: India's intractable Maoist insurgency" in the authoritative Jane's Intelligence Review, London.

    Dr. Ramana is on the guest faculty of ITBP Academy, Mussorrie, BSF Academy, Tekanpur, Internal Security Academy, Mount Abu, and CRPF Academy, Kadarpur. He has made presentations at Headquarters, Integrated Defence Staff, New Delhi, Army War College, Mhow, National Police Academy, Hyderabad, and Andhra Pradesh Police Academy, Hyderabad.

    In June 2010 and March 2011, he designed and conducted an orientation programme for officers of the Delhi Police and NCR region at the invitation of the Police Commissioner, Delhi. In May 2010, he conducted a similar programme for IPS officers of the Gujarat cadre at the invitation of DGP, Gujarat. During 2012-13, he conducted orientation programmes for senior police officers of Karnataka, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Assam, at the request of the Ministry of Home Affairs. In 2005, he was consulted by the All India Congress Committee (AICC)-appointed “Task Force on Naxalite Violence” in the preparation of its report.

    Select Publications

    • It is difficult, if not impossible, to completely clamp down on Maoist finances. However, it is possible to restrict the flow of money into their coffers.

      May 11, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr PV Ramana’s article on Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV), titled ‘Fully secure MPV is a Mirage’ was published in ‘Telangana Today’ on May 11, 2017.

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      May 10, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr PV Ramana’s article on the impact of demonetisation on Maoist activities, titled ‘Big blow to Maoist Finances’ was published in ‘Telangana Today’ on December 19, 2016.

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      December 19, 2016
      IDSA News
    • The external linkages of the Maoists are wide, stretching from Latin America to South East Asia. These linkages have, essentially, given them visibility and propaganda, and very occasionally weapons.

      April 29, 2016
      IDSA Comments
    • Women join Maoist ranks for a variety of reasons: impressionable age, social milieu and circumstances, personal reasons, influence of kin or family and the inspiration of ideology.

      December 15, 2015
      IDSA Comments
    • At one point there were an estimated 800 children in the ranks of the Maoists. Variously known as Bal Dasta, Bal Sangh and Bal Sangham, they are used for intelligence gathering, carrying food and arms, and serving extortion notes.

      August 06, 2015
      IDSA Comments
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press

      The proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist), Maoists in short, also known in India as Naxalites, is the most lethal and largest of all such groups. Its ultimate aim is to capture/seize political/state power through protracted people’s war (PPW), on the lines propounded by Mao Tse Tung.

      • ISBN 978-81-8274-801-9,
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    • The Urban Movement has a defined role in the political strategy and military strategy of the CPI (Maoist). In the Maoist schemes, Urban Movement is to broadly to mobilise and organise the basic masses and build the party on that basis ; build the United Front ; and military tasks .

      May 12, 2014
      IDSA Comments
    • Citing IDSA Report, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, RSN Singh said in the Rajya Sabha recently that “…the CPI(Maoist) party has been collecting not less than Rs 140 crores annually from a variety of sources. Further, the possibility of certain front organizations of the CPI (Maoist) … clandestinely getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out.”

      February 17, 2014
      IDSA Comments
    • In a document entitled ‘Our Financial Policy’, the Maoists mention that they have three types of economic needs, viz. the needs of war, political propaganda and the people. To cater to these needs there are three broad categories of resources, viz. (a) membership fee, levy and contributions from the people; (b) confiscation of the wealth and income of the enemy; and (c) ‘revolutionary taxes’ collected in guerrilla zones and base areas.

      December 27, 2013
      IDSA Comments