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  • P. V. Ramana

    Research Fellow
    +91 11 2671 7983 Extn, 7119
    Archive data: Person was Research Fellow at IDSA from September 2007 to December 2018

    P V Ramana was 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.

    India First: Discussion on Naxal Attack | 01/05/2017
    Insight : Maoists Encounter | 26/10/2016

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    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr PV Ramana’s chapter on Maoism, titled ‘Negotiating with Maoists’, was published in K Ramakrishna Rao and B Sambasiva Prasad, eds., ‘Phenomenology of Violence’, DK Printworld – GITAM (Deemed to be University), New Delhi-Visakhapatnam, 2018.

      May 17, 2018
      IDSA News
    • This article shows that the Maoists have been collecting not less than Rs 140 crore annually from a variety of sources: businesses—big and small—industry; contractors engaged in various trades; corrupt government officials; and political leaders. The largest and principal sources of income for the Maoists are the mining industry, PWD works, and collection of tendu leaves. They have been able to put in place a well-organised mechanism to extort money on a regular basis. Besides, they have conceived ingenious ways to store money and ensure its safety.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr PV Ramana’s article on Maoists, titled ‘India’s Maoists: Fading, but still a force’ was published in ‘Telangana Today’ on March 5, 2018.

      Dr Ramana, in the article, highlights the fact that the Maoists’ arsenal and military thinktank is intact, but the security forces are gaining ground.

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      March 05, 2018
      IDSA News
    • While the intended targets of the Maoists are security forces personnel, often civilians and animals become casualties in blasts triggered by pressure mines.

      February 09, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr P V Ramana’s article on Maoism, titled ‘Weakening Maoist guerrilla army’ was published in the Viewpoint section of Telangana Today on December 2, 2017.

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      December 02, 2017
      IDSA News
    • 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