As long as the present generation of the powerful, whether the rulers in Washington or in New Delhi, persists with the practice of depending on its armed infrastructure to lord over the political space and establish hegemony over civil society, and fails to learn that such a policy invariably escalates a cycle of violence, the language of discourse in the relationship of the powerful and the powerless will be dominated by violence. In India today, how can there be a non-violent resolution of the major confl icts that are plaguing our society?

Braving Tribal Attack & Maoist Threat, Jharkhand Activist Curbs Mass Animal Slaughter During A Festival & Forest Erosion
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Suhit Sen

In November 2003, according to the then Union Home Secretary, 55 districts in nine Indian states were listed as

In June 2005, a movement known as the

War and peace, peace and war: the title of Tolstoy

One of the much talked-about young revolutionary leaders of the undivided CPI(ML) in Bengal in the seventies and now with the PCC CPI(ML), a smaller faction of the fractured party, Santosh Rana has emerged as a major critic of the CPI (Maoist) in the wake of the Lalgarh movement.

Right now, the situation in Lalgarh is grave. The combined military offensive has got a nod from the central and state governments; it means we have to be worried about ghastly horror, concerned about more suffering and loss of lives. Since 18 June 2009, the entire area has been under siege by joint forces in the name of flushing out the Maoists.

Commentators and politicians have romanticized, eulogized and demonized

IT has been a long and tortuous route. Forty-three years ago, a group of Maoist revolutionaries conceived of and embarked upon a revolutionary road that still inspires their political descendants, alarms the dominant classes, and provokes slander and denigration on the part of the establishment left, post-modernists and well-funded NGO bosses. This is the path of protracted people