Revolution in South Asia

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India’s Red Corridor

Posted by Mike E on December 31, 2009

2 Responses to “India’s Red Corridor”

  1. Ka Frank said

    While the CPI (Maoist)’s political influence and military strength is growing, it’s important to understand that the Indian state sensationalizes “Red Corridor” reports to justify repressive military campaigns such as Op Green Hunt.

    According to the most reliable reports I’ve heard, the Maoists influence about 1/3 of India’s 600+ districts and operate in 22 out of 28 states. They have de facto control of a much smaller number of districts in Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and eastern Maharastra. The “Red Corridor” is often presented as running contiguously from Tamil Nadu to Nepal, but it is much more of a patchwork, often depending on forest cover.

    In addition, while big gains have been made recently in the Lalgarh region of West Bengal and Orissa, the Maoists lost most of their bases in Andhra Pradesh after the 2004 peace talks. However, they are beginning to reorganize, particularly in the Telangana region.

  2. CPSA said

    I’m not sure it’s been posted anywhere on your site, but Human Rights Watch published their 3rd report to date on the Maoist rebellion about 3 weeks ago. The new one focuses on Bihar and Jharkand and can be found at: http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2009/12/09/sabotaged-schooling-0

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