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Indian Establishment: Maoists Emerging as Their Biggest hreat?

Posted by n3wday on July 17, 2009

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Interviews with Indian thinktanks of the ruling class reflect the advances of the revolutionary movement. This article was sent out on the Maoist Revolution e-list.

Maoists emerge as biggest threat

AFP/ New Delhi

In the past five years, Maoist rebels have emerged as the most potent threat to India ‘s internal stability and left the authorities groping for a response to their increasingly audacious attacks.

With an ambush last weekend that killed 30 police, the leftist insurgents demonstrated their ability to strike with apparent impunity and then melt back into their rural hideouts before anyone can react.

Their insurgency, which started as a peasant uprising in 1967, has spread to more than half of India’s 29 states and has been identified by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the number one threat to domestic security.

Little is known about the movement’s shadowy leadership based in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh state, or its cadre strength which is variously estimated at between 10,000 and 20,000.

As the years have passed, so have the rebels grown more brazen in their operations.

In 2007, they assassinated an MP and engineered a mass prison break for 300 of their jailed fighters. Last year witnessed the sinking of a boat carrying elite commandos, while in April this year, they briefly held an entire train with 300 passengers hostage.

“The Maoists have three things on their side – stealth, speed and surprise. In that sense they have the initiative,” said analyst P V Ramana from the New Delhi-based Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses.

In last weekend’s attack in Chhattisgarh’ s Rajnandgaon district, the rebels shot at a patrol and waited for police reinforcements to arrive before unleashing their main ambush. Read the rest of this entry »

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