R Krishna Das / Raipur January 11, 2010, 0:48 IST

When it comes to administering two drops of polio vaccine to a child, even Naxalites prefer to put their guns down in Chhattisgarh.

The Maoists have been at the helm of the movement in Lalgarh right from its inception. Even as they organised the resistance to state repression, they put in place, at a rudimentary level, an alternative programme of development based on the people

Wednesday's incident in which local tribals in Naxalite infested Dantewada threw rotten eggs and tomatoes at Narmada Bachao Andolan chief Medha Patkar and Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pande for their alleged nexus with the Maoists was the surest indication that NGOs and human right bodies poking their noses in the insurgency hit areas of Bastar are no longer seen in a favourable light.

- Over 800 visitors flock to Kiriburu in the first few days of Jan.

Jamshedpur, Jan. 6: Saranda forests, that had lost its charm under the shadow of Maoist terror, seems to have come alive in the New Year with hundreds of picnickers thronging the hills to usher in 2010.

Jamshedpur, Jan. 5: Jharkhand has recorded an increase in forest cover by 172 sqkm, a feat made possible by local villagers and, surprisingly, Maoists, whose presence deterred widespread tree felling that has been the norm in certain remote areas.

Although the Naxalite (Maoist) influence in India stretches from the north of Bihar to the south of Andhra Pradesh, their impact on the political economy of the Indian countryside

ADILABAD, Dec. 21: The demand for setting up forest stations on the lines of police station in complicated forest sections such as Dedra, Voipet and Sirichelma is gaining ground to control teakwood smuggling and the felling of trees, both of which are rampant in the district.

BERHAMPUR: Power generation at the Balimela hydroelectricity project in south Orissa

Mob Storms Jhargram Park, Later

SOMETIMES THE future stands before us in ways we do not fully discern. It could be a metaphor, a shadow, an outline of a form of problem-solving; it could be a kaleidoscope of variations. The danger is that we might over-concretise it and think of it as something specific, local and concrete.

Think of three ways of linking at industry and land today. Each is a circus of many events.