Hello Bastar - The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement
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Hello Bastar is the inside story of the current Maoist movement in India
enough to eat. In early 2000, he remembers, a Maoist squad came to his village. 'They spoke to us, and said: “land to the tiller”,' he said. Samayya joined them soon afterwards. A year later, the Maoists took away the landlord's land and distributed it among those who worked on it. Samayya has taken part in many actions against the police. His first brush with death took place in the Dodai encounter in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur area when his platoon attacked a police party. Eighteen policemen
would stick the posters on walls and electric poles. It was a job fraught with danger in the early '70s. The police were on the lookout for adventurous youth—the Naxalbari types—who would talk of revolution and the plight of the poor. But the group didn't care. Tucking her pallu in at her waist, Anuradha Shanbag would address curious onlookers and talk to them about issues they hadn't even thought of. She would make them aware of what was happening around the world, and they would then realise
and the Andhra Pradesh government on a petition seeking a judicial probe into the killings of Maoist leader Azad, 58, and journalist Hemchandra Pandey, 32. 'We cannot allow the Republic killing its own children,' a court bench observed. The two were shot dead together in July 2010 by security forces in an alleged fake encounter. Azad had on him a letter written by Swami Agnivesh, the mediator appointed by the Centre for talks with Maoist insurgents. The police said that Hemchandra was a Maoist as
continued as a war of liberation against the troops? Who would then be the allies in such a struggle? Till now the middle-level peasants and the small capitalists had been supporting the anti-Nizam struggle; but now would they support the Indian government hoping for a better future in the Indian Union? This created a division among the Communists. While one section favoured the withdrawal of the armed struggle, the other wanted it to continue against the Indian Army. In 1951, the Communist
the tribals by the police. On their way, they were confronted by landlords at Levidi village. Two Girijans, Koranna and Manganna were killed in gunfire. That is when events took a different turn in Srikakulam. Satyam and Kailasam decided to organise tribals into squads and undertake selected action against 'class enemies'. Armed with bows, arrows and spears and other traditional weapons, the squads attacked moneylenders and landlords, occupied their land forcibly and harvested it themselves.