As the word Naxal changes meaning, Sudeep Chakravarti's book is essential reading, says ADITYA NIGAM
Chakravarti's account provides readers an opportunity to form their own judgement as we are brought face to face with officials directly handling the insurgency on the one hand, and others who are involved in developmental activity (including Gandhians, now branded as crypto-Naxals by the administration) to give a glimpse of life in this embattled land. Chhattisgarh today is only a notch below (or maybe not) the directly Army-ruled states (thanks to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act) of the North-East and Kashmir, for example. With its own draconian Chhattisgarh Public Security Act, it is run today as a police state and Chakravarti's account brings out the situation there quite vividly.
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 6, Dated Feb 16, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
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