01 December, 2020

Red Hot Rage

The war continues. And the Maoists retain the upper hand for now.

Red Hot Rage

It is now almost routine. Every summer, after the biting cold of winter has receded and the monsoon is yet to make the thick jungles of Chhattisgarh even more inhospitable, Maoists launch their most audacious strikes of the season at the Indian State. If it was the massacre of 76 CRPF jawans in Dantewada in April 2010, last week saw the brutal attack on the top Chhattisgarh leadership of the Congress—momentarily dislodging the attention of urban Indians from such flighty matters as the IPL controversy to a real war, one where people die. The government may have showcased a lower death toll in Maoist-held areas this season, but the May 25 attack on a Congress convoy returning from a political rally left no doubt that the Maoists retain the power to strike hard. The Bastar massacre left 29 dead, with special violence being visited on Salwa Judum founder and party leader Mahendra Karma, as well as state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel and his son Dinesh.

So where does this ‘retributive’ attack leave the fight against Maoism? What path should the state take...



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