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  • Nishant asked: Why Chhattisgarh has become the core of Naxal-related violence specifically in the last one decade?

    P.V. Ramana replies: The Maoists started entering Bastar in present-day southern Chhattisgarh in 1982. In terms of geographical area, Bastar is a little larger than Kerala and slightly smaller than Haryana. At that time, Bastar was a single district, but now comprises seven districts.

    Sambit Ratha asked: What are the substantiations behind Indian Maoists' alleged foreign (China, Pakistan, Corporates and NGOs) links? Is it arguable that Maoists are being/can be used as mercenaries in corporate rivalries?

    P.V. Ramana replies: The Maoists have a range of linkages –– internal and external. Internal linkages include ties with fraternal groups. The Maoists do not have linkages with corporate groups. They extort money from a variety of sources which also includes contractors, businesses –– big and small –– and industry. The annual extortion by the Maoists is anywhere between Rs. 140 – 160 cr. It is erroneous to think, let alone argue, that the Maoists are being used, or are likely to be used in corporate rivalries.

    Maoists Deploying Pressure Mines

    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

    Ways And Means to Choke Maoist Finances

    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

    Can Prachanda use his India visit to resolve the Madhes issue at home?

    Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal has a whole pile of problems lying unsolved at home. And he has only nine months, as set by his coalition partners, to deliver on his promises.

    September 16, 2016

    Perception matters against Left Wing Extremism

    Perception matters against Left Wing Extremism

    Winning hearts and minds through the Civic Action Programme (CAP) and the Media/Perception Management Plan is an important element in combating LWE propaganda.

    May 30, 2016

    The Maoist Global Web

    The Maoist Global Web

    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

    “I was born in the party”: Women in Maoist Ranks

    Women in Maoist Ranks

    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

    Children in Indian Maoist Ranks

    Children in Indian Maoist Ranks

    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

    Understanding India’s Maoists

    Understanding India’s Maoists
    • 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,
    • Price: ₹. 1295/-
    • E-copy available