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Arundhati Roy on Maoist Violence and Structural Violence

Following the April 6 battle in India’s Dantewada district where the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army killed 76 security personnel, activist and author Arundhati Roy in the following interview stands by her sympathy for the Communist Party of India (Maoist) that she expressed in her important article, “Walking With The Comrades“, about her visit with the Maoist guerrillas in their forest base areas.

Arundhati Roy: Walking with the Comrades

Arundhati Roy interviews guerrilla fighters of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)

The following article is an important and valuable firsthand account of the people’s war being carried out by the revolutionaries in India and is by the well known Indian progressive intellectual and activist Arundhati Roy. Roy travelled into Central India’s Dandkaranya Forests to meet with the Maoists. This article was posted on dawn.com: 

Arundhati Roy finds a quiet moment to herself during a punishing visit to the forest where she became the first journalist/writer to break the taboo of of interviewing Maoist guerrillas in their lair.

The terse, typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India’s Gravest Internal Security Threat. I’d been waiting for months to hear from them. 

I had to be at the Ma Danteshwari mandir in Dantewara, Chhattisgarh, at any of four given times on two given days. That was to take care of bad weather, punctures, blockades, transport strikes and sheer bad luck. The note said: “Writer should have camera, tika and coconut. Meeter will have cap, Hindi Outlook magazine and bananas. Password: Namashkar Guruji.”

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Arundhati Roy on Operation Green Hunt

Activist and writer Arundhati Roy shares her thoughts on the importance of the Naxalite uprising, Indian democracy. Speech given at a Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee panel opposing Operation Green Hunt, Nov. 23, 2009

Arundhati Roy on Maoism and Democracy in India

This is a 5-part series where writer/activist Arundhati Roy speaks on “Indian Democracy In A State Of Emergency”

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Documentary about People’s War in India

Here is an interesting two-part documentary about the communist people’s war in India. Of particular interest is the discussion of the dreadful Salwa Judum death squads.