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Exposing India’s State Terror

Posted by redpines on April 24, 2011

When capitalist state interests are at stake, people are expendable. This is especially true in eastern India, where through a combination of military personnel, special police forces and counter-insurgent militias, the state is terrorizing its own people. Regular readers of this site are  well aware of these issues. Yet it is still shocking when a journalist exposes the sheer brutality of India’s state terrorism. Though this piece  is from the bourgeois press and not openly sympathetic to communism, it refrains from demonizing the CPI(Maoist) and very clearly names the Indian state as the chief purveyor of violence in the eastern Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. The article also shows the utter bankruptcy of India’s “shining democracy” and its capitalist development, which are resoundingly supported by the US. The article originally appeared in The Irish Times.

‘When I got to my village, all the houses had been burned’

Mon, Apr 18, 2011

The 30-year Maoist insurgency in Chhattisgarh has sparked a vicious response from the security forces and untold numbers of hidden victims, writes ERIC RANDOLPH in Andhra Pradesh, India Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Maoist Support Strong in Andhra Pradesh

Posted by celticfire84 on November 3, 2010

Written for The Times of India, Sept 28, 2010

58% in AP say Naxalism is good, finds TOI poll

India’s biggest internal security threat, as the Prime Minister famously described it, may be worse than you thought. That’s because even in Andhra Pradesh, where the battle against the Maoists has apparently been won, it turns out that the government is losing the battle for the minds and hearts of the people.

It’s a debate that’s been raging within the Congress, and outside it. Should the government adopt a largely law-and-order attitude towards the Maoists and deal with them like criminals or should the focus be more on cutting the ground from under their feet through a development agenda that wins over the population of the affected areas?

An exclusive survey of the once Maoist-dominated districts of the Telengana region by IMRB, well-known market research organisation, for The Times of  India has found that while attitudes towards the rebels are ambivalent, the condemnation of the government and its means of tackling the problem is quite clear.

The findings raise disturbing questions about whether focusing largely on the policing aspects of the problem may be a flawed strategy in the long run. They also throw up another poser: Has the battle in AP truly been won or can the Maoists stage a comeback in a few years?

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