Backstory: India’s Maoist Insurgency

Thursday, August 19, 2010

An explosion of mining in India has fueled the country’s economic boom, but it has also helped fan the flames of a deadly Maoist insurgency there. On today’s Backstory segment we’ll talk with Jason Miklian, a researcher at Peace Institute Oslo, and Scott Carney, an investigative journalist and contributing editor for Wired, about their article on the insurgency called Fire in the Hole for the September/October issue of Foreign Policy magazine.


Scott Carney and Jason Miklian

Comments [3]

Audra Bach from usa

Next time you could correctly pronounce the name of your guest. It is mike-lan. Long I vowel. Not short.

May. 01 2014 11:05 AM
Scott Carney from Long Beach, CA

Hi Richard, Roy's article was quite interesting, and our most recent trip to the area was very much in her shadow (not least of all because her story sparked the Indian government to threaten to use POTA anti-terrorism laws to stop journalists from talking to Maoists). Displacement is a huge issue,and we definitely talk about it in the story in Foreign Policy. Check it out, the link is above.

Aug. 19 2010 02:19 PM
Richard Carlson

Your guests referred to the overlap of the Maoist insurgency with the Mining industry,
however,r they did not address the central point that Journalist like Arundati Roy has forcefully made namely, that the displacement and seizure of the land of the tribal populations by the Mining Industry of Neo-Liberal Indian Economy has led these poor tribal populations wholeheartedly support the insurgency

Aug. 19 2010 01:34 PM

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