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The Forgotten War

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Time Magazine has declared India’s Maoist insurgency to be the 3rd most under-reported story of 2009. I’m surprised that they even noticed. While media coverage internationally and domestically has been sparse, this has started to slowly change. For too long, the Naxalites could be ignored by the urban-based Indian elite as a problem which affected only small segments of the largely invisible rural poor. While events such as the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 threatened the safety and security of the countries chattering classes, what happened in the dusty forests of rural Chhattisgarh could easily be ignored. This has started to change. Perhaps, 2010 will bring increased coverage not only to the insurgency, but also to the scandalous conditions in which India’s rural poor exist. One can only hope.

Written by Michael

January 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Maoist Violence in Phase I of India’s Election

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The first phase of India’s four week long general election was held last week. Voting was held in many of the areas most affected by the insurgency. The Communist Party of India (Maoist), the main rebel group, called an electoral boycott, threatening to sever the thumb of any one whose hand bore the indelible ink which is used to cast a vote.

At least 19 people were killed across the country as the Maoists demonstrated their ability t0 conduct simultaneous, co-ordinated strikes.

As the BBC writes:

“There were more than a dozen other incidents where insurgents attacked polling stations, kidnapped voting officers and fought fierce gun battles with security forces.”

While the Indian media has extensively (if superficially) covered the attacks, I can’t help but think that once the election is over the war will again become largely ignored. Tactically and strategically this serves the Maoists well in this phase of their ‘People’s War’.

Written by Michael

April 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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