This book presents the raging debate on one of the most brutal political realities that India has confronted in recent years: the rising conflict between Maoist insurgent groups and the Indian State. With some of the finest writings on the subject, it brings together articles and interviews from leading authors, politicians, journalists, intellectuals, filmmakers and legal practitioners. The volume straddles between two apparently irreconcilable perspectives: (a) the view that the Maoist movement threatens the very core of democratic foundations, and should be perceived as a violent law & order situation justifying severe retaliatory measures, and (b) the counterview where Maoists are fiercely defended as revolutionaries and comrades of resistance, and the movement seen as the last-ditch struggle by those who have been abandoned over years by the State in its developmental process.

The essays probe whether armed struggle is avoidable, whether the desperate desire for peace has simply been overtaken by political ideologies, and whether an inclusive developmental State policy may help restore faith in its democratic ethos. The book will be of interest to academics and students of politics, sociology, social anthropology and law. It will also be extremely useful to social workers, policymakers, politicians, bureaucrats, as well as the general reader.

chapter |13 pages


BySantosh Paul

part I|42 pages

Introduction to Maoism

chapter 1|6 pages

What Maoism has Contributed

BySamir Amin

chapter 2|16 pages

Rumour of Maoism

ByAditya Nigam

chapter 3|18 pages

The Maoist Insurgency in India: End of the Road for Indian Stalinism?

ByJairus Banaji, Spencer A. Leonard, Sunit Singh

part II|52 pages

Reality and Experiences

chapter 4|4 pages

The State at the Doorstep

BySmita Gupta

chapter 5|3 pages

A Really Dark Corner

ByMadhavi Tata

chapter 7|3 pages

Here, Silence Speaks Volumes

BySupriya Sharma

chapter 8|9 pages

Inside Maoistan

ByShafi Rahman

chapter 9|3 pages

Address the Root Causes of Naxalism

BySonia Gandhi

chapter 10|3 pages

Nothing Very Civil About this War

ByShobhan Saxena

chapter 11|2 pages

The Path Rarely Taken

ByDola Mitra

chapter 12|2 pages

Through an Egyptian Mirror

ByVinod Mehta

chapter 13|3 pages

Andhra’s Maoist Dens Turn Havens of Development

BySrinivasa Rao

part III|28 pages

Mining and Environment

chapter 14|7 pages

I Have Differed with Chidambaram on His Strategy, But We Remain Friends

ByDigvijay Singh, Saba Naqvi

chapter 15|2 pages

No Back Door Entry to Private Firms for Mining

ByB. K. Handique

chapter 16|4 pages

Ironic? Story of the Great Indian Loot

ByShankar Raghuraman

chapter 17|7 pages

Cannot Deny Links between Forest Departments and Mining Lobbies

ByJairam Ramesh, Shalini Singh

chapter 18|3 pages

As Forests Feed Growth, Tribals Given the Go-By

ByNitin Sethi

chapter 19|3 pages

An Eco-Visionary Par Excellence

ByJairam Ramesh

part IV|79 pages

Possible Solutions

chapter 20|2 pages

Force Alone Can’t Rout the Maoists

ByNitish Kumar

chapter 21|8 pages

Maoism: The Alaska Permanent Fund Solution

BySantosh Paul

chapter 22|4 pages

The Nation Should Adopt the Maoists’ Area

ByPrakash Jha, Venkatesan Vembu

chapter 23|2 pages

No Military Solutions for Maoism

BySwaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

chapter 24|4 pages

Our Freedom was Born with Hunger, We’re Still Not Free

ByM. S. Swaminathan, Saira Kurup

chapter 25|3 pages

The Wrong Diagnosis

ByChetan Bhagat

chapter 26|3 pages

Force Should be Met with Force

BySwapan Dasgupta

chapter 27|4 pages

Grow Up

ByM. S. Swaminathan

chapter 28|3 pages

No Ifs or Buts, Defeat Maoist Violence

ByGurcharan Das

chapter 29|3 pages

Maoism is Terrorism

ByShankkar Aiyar

chapter 30|22 pages

Arms over People: Maoists in Bastar

ByNirmalangshu Mukherji

chapter 31|19 pages

‘Halt the Violence! Give Me 72 Hours’

ByP. Chidambaram, Shoma Chaudhury

part V|39 pages

Counter-Maoism, Rule of Law and Constitutional Rights

chapter 32|3 pages

Plea to Manmohan Singh on Behalf of Binayak Sen

ByV. R. Krishna Iyer

chapter 33|13 pages

How Many Deaths Before Too Many Die

ByShoma Chaudhury

chapter 34|14 pages

Bastar, Maoism and Salwa Judum

ByNandini Sundar

chapter 35|7 pages

Salwa Judum Judgement of the Supreme Court

(Decided by B. Sudershan Reddy and Surinder Singh Nijjar, JJ)*
BySantosh Paul