Thursday, April 27, 2017

India's Insurrection Continues

Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh's southern Sukma region, killed 25 paramilitary personnel in an ambush and it was the deadliest assault committed by the left-wing rebels since killing 76 security forces in a single incident in 2010.  it was in the same area a month ago that 13 troops were killed in a similar attack on a road-opening party in a construction party.

The Maoists also seem to be gaining influence among locals in a number of states, including Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Mahrashtra and Bihar. The support is critical in their being able to sustain their forest and guerilla warfare. India's Maoist insurgency, which started in the 1960s, has claimed around 10,000 lives and is considered India's most serious internal security threat. Observers say the affected states have failed to tackle tribal grievances that are propping up the Maoists.

"When you allow multinational companies and private corporations to carry out mining projects in the name of development in areas populated by indigenous communities this uprising is bound to happen," explained  E N Rammohan, a former police officer, who has chronicled the Maoist rebellion. He reckons that such actions by the state governments have created a fertile space in which Maoists have moved in and taken up the fight for the indigenous communities. 

 Naxalites have managed to draw support from disgruntled citizens, especially tribals, who believe they have been exploited and have not benefited from the fruits of economic growth. They claim they are fighting for the indigenous communities who, they stress, are routinely exploited by private corporations and the political class.

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