Red Affairs by Bibhu Prasad Routray
Naxal Violence: Challenges to Jharkhand Polls
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 17 Nov, 2014 · 4741
As electorates in Jharkhand start casting their ballot on 25 November, marking the beginning of the five-phase assembly elections spanning almost a month, the threat of left-wing extremism hangs heavy over the poll process. However, while ...
Naxalites and the Might of a Fragile Revolution
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 20 Oct, 2014 · 4705
On the morning of 18 October 2014, Shiv Kumar, a personnel belonging to the Chhattisgarh Armed Police was pulled out of a passenger bus in Sukma district by a group of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres and killed. Kumar ...
Six Thousand Plus Killed: The Naxal Ideology of Violence
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 15 Sep, 2014 · 4657
How does one analyse the killings of 6105 civilians and security forces in incidents related to left-wing extremism between 2005 and 2013?
Given that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), since its formation i ...
Anti-Naxal Operations: Seeking Refuge in Symbolism
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 18 Aug, 2014 · 4608
The day Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag from the precincts of the historic Red Fort to mark India's 68th Independence Day, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) authorities in Chhattisgarh unfurled the tri-co ...
A 'New' Counter-Naxal Action Plan
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 21 Jul, 2014 · 4572
Days after the formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in New Delhi, contours of a new policy vis-a-vis Left Wing Extremism (LWE) remained a matter of speculation. Whether tough measures would replace the ad hoc one ...
Tackling Naxal Violence: An Agenda for the New Indian Government
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 16 Jun, 2014 · 4514
In a way the challenge of left-wing extremism the new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in New Delhi faces bears close resemblance to the situation that confronted the United Progressive Alliance regime in its second tenure in ...
Naxalism: The Insufficiency of a Force-Centric Approach
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 19 May, 2014 · 4445
In the first week of May 2014, security forces launched a fresh anti-Naxal operation at the Saranda forests in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum district. The operation was started following intelligence inputs that a squad of armed Maoists ...
Naxal Violence: Old Challenges for the New Government
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 21 Apr, 2014 · 4395
That the Communist Party of India-Maoist (Maoist) does not believe in democratic principles and electoral processes is too well known. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections provided the extremist outfit with yet another opportunity to reassert its ...
Combating Naxal Violence: Transient and Permanent Success
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 17 Mar, 2014 · 4341
Would the Maoists continue to carry out intermittent attacks targetting the state in the foreseeable future? Or would they eventually disintegrate and disappear owing to a leadership crisis because the state has been able to neutralise so ...
Maoists in the Northeast: Reality and Myth-Making
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 17 Feb, 2014 · 4315
On 9 June 2013, just before the clock struck midnight, a police contingent in Assam's Tinsukia district boarded the Chennai-Egmore Express, minutes before its three-day long journey, and pulled out 66 youths. A critical intelligence i ...