INDIA'S FORGOTTEN WAR – blogging naxalism.

Fighting the Octopus

with 3 comments

(Source: The Hindu)

I’ve long argued that one of the strengths of the Naxalites has been their ability to associate themselves with the myriad struggles against injustice occurring across India. This has made them a decentralised, networked rebel movement. Failure in one part of the country does not necessarily translate into failure elsewhere.

Recently, I took flak for implying that the movement for a separate Telangana state would objectively benefit the Naxalites. At the risk of again inserting myself into an impassioned debate, there have been (unproven) claims that the Maoists have infiltrated the student protests at Osmania University.

While the claim may be little more than political propaganda by the Andhra government, I find it difficult to believe that there would be no Maoist involvement in the unrest. It is an area with an historically strong Naxalite base and the agitation has been blessed by the rebel leadership.

Infiltration would also fit into the Maoist playbook. Furthermore, I would go so far as saying that it would be tactically foolish for them to not get involved. I welcome any dissenting opinion.

Finally, there have long been rumours of a Maoist presence in the country’s large urban centres. This claim seems to have been lent some credence by Kobad Ghandy, the now imprisoned Maoist leader. Under interrogation, he has stated that the rebels have cadre in Delhi and a network of sympathisers among students and trade unionists in the city. How accurate this information is remains unclear.

I’ve spent far too much time blogging in the past few days and need to get back to my other work. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I had a lot of ground to cover.

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Written by Michael

February 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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  1. […] agree with Michael on this one. Rather than revealing an insurgency independent of the Naxals, this movement reveals just how much […]

  2. I think you should welcome debates on your opinion. That is how you will be able to better judge the situation. It helps you to see the other side of the coin in closest possible angle.

    sravan

    February 25, 2010 at 8:44 am

  3. I do welcome debate. That’s why we had one on my post about Telegana. I’ve enjoyed hearing your perspective.

    Michael

    March 6, 2010 at 1:54 am


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