Tamil Nadu has always had a very high handed police, infamous for extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary arrest of political dissidents of all hues. In recent times, thanks to the popular Koodankulam agitation the authoritarian ways of the state police seems to have acquired a ‘nuclear’ edge. On 6 October 2012, as 13 senior members … More A statement on the arrest of 13 political activists in Tamil Nadu
I just finished a long essay for the cover of the May 2011 issue of Caravan magazine. In “At the Bloody Crossroads”, I plot the fate of the village of Tarmetla in the course of a year of ‘counterinsurgency”. At 5:55 AM ON 6 APRIL 2010, Golf Company of the 62nd battalion of India’s Central … More The afterlife of a massacre
Over the weekend, a number of journalists received the following statement from Ganapathy; General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). In the text, Ganapathy clarifies the Maoist stance on a broad range of topics – particularly Kashmir, the Commonwealth Games, the Ayodhya Verdict, Mamta Bannerjee in Bengal, Obama and the North East. However, … More “Nobody Can Stop The Revolution”
I was going to write out a reply to the comments on Shuddha’s post, Kashmir’s Abu Gharaiab, but thought I would expand it into a larger post. I’d like to make clear that I have been to Kashmir only once – and that too for a few hours in the aftermath of the earthquake, so … More On Torture and Testimonies
Javed Iqbal of The New Indian Express on being targeted by the Chattisgarh Police as being on the side of the Maoists: A High Court lawyer from Mumbai was in Dantewada a few days ago and had gone to the police station to speak to the police and understand the ground realities of Dantewada. SSP … More Dear Chattisgarh Police, Are You Mad?
First published in The Hindu On May 16 this year, adivasis, attending the weekly Sunday bazaar at Unchapur in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district, found six corpses stretched out on the main thoroughfare of the village. In a note placed on one of the bodies, the CPI (Maoist) took responsibility for executing the six villagers for succumbing … More Crossed Wires: Intelligence and Counter-intelligence in Chhattisgarh
Two sisters live in a clearing in the forest about 10 km beyond the abandoned houses and empty yards of Mukram village in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. A third young girl cowers in the courtyard of her aunt’s house in neighbouring Tokanpalli. Between 14 and 18 years of age, Kose, Rame and Hidme (names changed) … More Mukram violence worsens; adivasi girls allege rape