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Thread: The Lady Naxals....Inside the Indian insurgency.

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    Default The Lady Naxals....Inside the Indian insurgency.

    Open magazine is India's leading English language quarterly aimed at roughly what could be called the "intelligentsia". This article though from it gives a good insight into the struggles of the truelly wretched of the earth on that subcontinent and also will combat the lies heard on this board all to often about the people's war that is gaining more and more momentum as the Indian state turns more and more genocidal against the tribals and oppressive in general.

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    "Slightly built they may be, but you’d be a fool to take them lightly. Battle-hardened, fiercely committed to their cause and proud of the identity the movement gives them, the woman Maoists here are every bit as fierce as their male comrades.

    DANDAKARANYA: In a largish clearing of forest along a flooded river, somewhere on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, Maoist commander Tarakka sits on a large boulder, wearing a shirt and bottle-green pyjamas. She is cleaning her AK-47 assault rifle with a toothbrush dipped in kerosene oil. The roar of the river is deafening, with the incessant nocturnal buzz of insects giving the air an eerie edge. The Maoist camp is also home to poisonous snakes, deadly looking spiders, wild pigs, even bears. An hour ago, they killed a huge snake with another snake in its mouth. “The police doesn’t come here,” Tarakka says with a smile, “They know they will be slaughtered.”

    “By the way, did you try that karela [bitter gourd] chutney? I made it,” she adds, as she fits the magazine to her gun. It goes in with a distinct click.

    Around her, a platoon of Maoist guerillas—mostly young men and women—goes about the daily grind with surgical precision. Men help cook while women go around with axes to chop firewood. Water is boiled to make it safe for drinking. In one corner, a few guerillas have returned after sentry duty at night and are fast asleep on a jhilli (thin plastic sheet). Some girls are reading to each other, while two comb their hair, listening to Gondi songs on a small tape recorder. In another tent, a class is being held on military strategy. In a corner, a bunch of guerillas from the Maoists’ cultural troupe are rehearsing for a performance. No matter what you are doing, the gun always stays next to you, always less than an arm away."


    Naxalite Maoist India: The Lady Naxals - Open Magazine

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    They can make life difficult for the Centre but they haven't the military strength to take their War to the next stage of semi conventional warfare.

    They also lack two essentials needed to successfully overcome the central power

    - a foreign backer and a land frontier with a friendly power.

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    India seems to have it's hands full atm. With resistance to Indian rule in Kashmir increasing and the maoists mounting attacks throughout the rural regions of the rest of India. Will be interesting to see how well the state cope with this twin threat.

    With regards to Kashmir does anyone know how many people there want an end to Indian rule there? Do the majority of Kashmirs population want this?

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    Anyone who had the misfortune to get into the sights - literally - of the Naxalites in the '70's isn't going to wish them anything except all the lousy luck in the world. They targeted the weak - teachers, traffic policemen and suchlike - suprise suprise ! They're another Khmer Rouge in the making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
    India seems to have it's hands full atm. With resistance to Indian rule in Kashmir increasing and the maoists mounting attacks throughout the rural regions of the rest of India. Will be interesting to see how well the state cope with this twin threat.

    With regards to Kashmir does anyone know how many people there want an end to Indian rule there? Do the majority of Kashmirs population want this?
    Complicated. The majority want some kind of independence, but Pakistan wants a complete takeover in order to move its border deeper into India. This is where the Pakistani ISI learned their trade that's now keeping Afghanista on the boil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by former wesleyan View Post
    Anyone who had the misfortune to get into the sights - literally - of the Naxalites in the '70's isn't going to wish them anything except all the lousy luck in the world. They targeted the weak - teachers, traffic policemen and suchlike - suprise suprise ! They're another Khmer Rouge in the making.
    They were that allright but its a much more amorphous cluster of groupings now with different methodologies and ideologies under the loose banner of 'Maoists'

    And they ain't got no Mao either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    They were that allright but its a much more amorphous cluster of groupings now with different methodologies and ideologies under the loose banner of 'Maoists'

    And they ain't got no Mao either!
    Lets hope for the clusters remaining just that. Murderous barstewards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
    India seems to have it's hands full atm. With resistance to Indian rule in Kashmir increasing and the maoists mounting attacks throughout the rural regions of the rest of India. Will be interesting to see how well the state cope with this twin threat.

    With regards to Kashmir does anyone know how many people there want an end to Indian rule there? Do the majority of Kashmirs population want this?
    The bulk of the population want India to leave but are divided on whether to join Pakistan or go it alone.

    Kashmir is a big place and a lot of areas are sparsely populated and non Muslim.

    The Kashmiri Hundus Pandits IIRC have pretty well all fled since 1990.

    TBH the Kashmir makes the Palestinian conflict look rather tame in comparison.

    Yet none of our celebrity politicians want to know about it

    - that is presuming they even know it exists!

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    The maoist rebellion is no threat to the Indian state.
    The Indian army and air force has not even been deployed against them
    Its just a local law and order issue.
    Police with the aid of a people's militia have contained them.

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