INDIA'S FORGOTTEN WAR – blogging naxalism.

Media Roundup- March

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The Economist had a short piece on Naxalism in late February extorting exhorting (thanks to a sharp-eyed reader for catching this, although, who knows, The Economist may ‘have something on Delhi… heh) the Indian government to ‘get serious’ about the insurgency. Not a substantive article, but of interest because of the global reach and influence of the magazine (or ‘newspaper’ as they would say). It can be found here.

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Written by Michael

March 5, 2010 at 10:37 pm

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  1. There’s also a relevant aside in the Financial Times for 10 March in an article by Amy Kazmin about “Tribal India battles big business over land”. She says:

    “About 8.4 per cent of India’s population are classified as adivasis , members of hundreds of distinct tribes whose languages have no written form. Living in severe poverty in remote areas with limited government services, tribal communities have India’s lowest literacy rates and its highest incidence of infant mortality and malnourished children.

    “Ostensibly, tribal communities have special legal protection to prevent them from being involuntarily dispossessed of their land. Yet critics say that pro-business government officials, who argue that mines and other large-scale industries would bring economic development and progress to neglected areas, are brazenly manipulating public consultation processes and overriding community sentiments to take tribal lands.”

    And:

    “These conflicts, which tend to pit India’s most neglected people against its most powerful business houses, are helping to fuel the radical Naxalite guerrilla movement in the tribal belt, now increasingly considered India’s “Red Corridor”. “There are slogans on walls saying ‘Naxals come and save us’,” says Arundhati Roy, the writer and social activist. “People are begging them, ‘just come and train us’.” ”

    Worth a look (but may be gated):
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c9ce1394-2be5-11df-8033-00144feabdc0.html

    Andrew

    March 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

  2. Before, attacking the naxalites brutally, the govenment should realise why such type of revolutions begins. the reasons is more or less themselve who are governing.

    Phantom

    March 20, 2010 at 2:58 am


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