To be an Urban Naxal or Not

Economics in action

With a few colleagues, I was in Sukma – a district in the southern part of Chhattisgarh – last week. Needless to mention that it is a hotbed of Maoist insurgency.  I was not brave or resourceful enough to go into the interior parts. However our limited exposure in the district headquarters and nearby areas gives certain insights on the limits and possibilities of this political extremism.

I am not getting into the history or roots of Maoist activity there, since there are many writings on the subject by well-informed people. It looks that the tribal people in this region have not been mobilized adequately and hence their issues have been neglected for a long-time. That has not been the case in certain other parts of India. The formation of the state of Mizoram was due to the political mobilization of the tribe living there. Leaders like Godavari Parulekar have…

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