Underreported: India's Maoist Insurgency

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A group of Maoist rebels—also known as the Naxalite insurgency—has taken a violent foothold in 20 of India’s provinces. The group has burned schools, killed more than 900 security officers, and, in at least one province, detonated more than 1,000 improvised explosive devices over the past five years. The Indian government is preparing to send thousands of soldiers into the Maoists strongholds, which also happen to be some of the most impoverished and economically underdeveloped parts of India. We’ll speak with Brad Adams, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, in India.

You can read a report a report HRW wrote on the Naxalites here.


Brad Adams

Comments [6]


lol on the person posting links to articles of arundhati roy.

She is known in India as an committed maoist member of their propaganda unit, an unreliable source to understand the nature of maoism in india.

Nov. 12 2009 10:58 PM
slowereastside from nyc

Arundhati Roy: To justify enforcing a corporate land grab, the India needs an enemy – and it has chosen the Maoists

Nov. 12 2009 01:56 PM
slowereastside from nyc


Good on you for covering this story. You ought to follow it up with an interview with Arundhati Roy. Here's a taste:

Nov. 12 2009 01:49 PM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, CA

Could the relatively domesticated Maoists in Nepal be used as a channel to them? Then again, extremist groups tend to hate their close relatives.... On that note: how are they doing in Kerala, does the leftist and Communist government there pre-empt enough of the Maoist agenda to keep them down?

And, finally and inevitably, just how much does our wonderful ally Pakistan support these people?---I ask this with all the moral disdain a taxpayer who helped to support the Contras, Unita in Angola, and Islamic extremists in Afghanistan the '80s can muster with a straight face.

Nov. 12 2009 10:12 AM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

before the headlines caught my eye the other week I had no idea there were Maoists in India. thanks!

Nov. 12 2009 09:09 AM
sumukha from NJ

The Naxalite insurgency has been around for quite some years in states like west Bengal, Orissa and Andrapradesh, but i was under the impression that this insurgency has been either squashed, or contained), if that is the case, the same people may have migrated into Chattisgarh to establish themself. My question is
1. does the fact that Chattisgarh is a young state make it more vulnerable.
2. is there any link to the increased Maoist activity to the decline of the communist parties all over india, especially in the last 5 years.
3. The tactics the state Govt and the Central Govt used in controlling the problems in states like W Bengal and Andrapradesh, have they been ever scrutinized by your organization, and how effective were those strategies? is there any way to emulate those strategies to bring in these disenfranchised people into the main stream.

Nov. 12 2009 07:57 AM

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