Red Affairs by Bibhu Prasad Routray
Bibhu Prasad Routray
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  • Debates within the Counter-LWE Policy
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    28 Oct, 2019   ·    5627
    On 14 October, India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, speaking at the inaugural session of the National Conference of Chiefs of Anti-Terror Squads/Special Task Force organised by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), seemed ...
  • It’s Still a Stalemate in the LWE Hotbed
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    18 Sep, 2019   ·    5622
    Weakened insurgencies tend to negotiate. Such decision may be a tactic to buy time, defer defeat, protect their leaders and cadres, or simply to salvage whatever little is possible in a war that these armed movements have no hope of winn ...
  • Researching the Unresearched: Left-Wing Extremism and the Future Rules of Governance
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    19 Aug, 2019   ·    5612
    In the last week of July 2019, a brother and sister pair, in a representation of the two principal adversaries in India’s left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected heartland, came face-to-face. In Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, Vetti Rama, ...
  • Reviving Jagargunda in Chhattisgarh's Security and Governance Vacuum
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    11 Jul, 2019   ·    5597
    In June 2019, 13 years after it was demolished by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres using IEDs, a school in Jagargunda in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district has reopened. Apart from being a centre of learning for tribal ch ...
  • Is ‘Human Rights’ Making a Comeback to Chhattisgarh’s Counter-Naxal Doctrine?
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    22 Mar, 2019   ·    5569
    Regime changes often are harbingers of major policy shifts. The Congress party which ended the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 15-year rule in Chhattisgarh state in the elections to the legislative assembly held in November 2018 has the ...
  • Governance Promises and its Antithesis: A Case Study of Junglemahal
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    25 Jun, 2018   ·    5485
    The catchphrase, ...
  • Counter-LWE Security Operations: Season of Success?
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    15 May, 2018   ·    5468
    On the surface, the months of April and May 2018 appear to have brought about a season of ‘success’ for the security forces. Pursuing a hardline approach, the security forces, across Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand h ...
  • Rumour of Triumph
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    01 May, 2017   ·    5280
    It took 25 corpses of security force personnel for the government to accept, albeit reluctantly, that its counter-Maoist strategy needs a review. It took this attack - the worst in seven years - for the government to fill up the top posit ...
  • Forecast 2017: LWE Still Holding On
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    31 Jan, 2017   ·    5227
    Insurgency is a long drawn out affair and often defies attempts to bring it to a quick conclusion, whether by force, coercion, or strategies that are primarily geared at gaining fame for individual politicians or the leaders of security for ...
  • A Bridge Over River Gurupriya
    Bibhu Prasad Routray   ·    31 Dec, 2016   ·    5216
    In Odisha's Malkangiri district, a 910 m-long bridge over river Gurupriya is being attempted to be built for the last 34 years. This could arguably be the most delayed infrastructure building project in the world.  In a layman' ...
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