Thunder From the East

The idea that India might one day be at the fulcrum of global economic development underlines the point that the story of Easternisation is about much more than China

A War With No End

Prakash Jha’s forthcoming film, Chakravyuh, is set in the Naxal minefields. In a conversation with historian Shruti Kapila and Hartosh Singh Bal at the India Cambridge Summit, he speaks of the senselessness of India’s war on Maoists

“If Giridih Falls First, Gurgaon Will Fall Next”

During a recent trip to a Maoist base in Dandakaranya, Rahul Pandita had left a questionnaire for Maoist Supreme Commander Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi, who had given him exclusive access last year for an interview (see ‘We Shall Certainly Defeat the Government’, 23 October 2009), his first ever. This time, Ganapathi has sent his replies in writing, covering a vast range of issues from Maoist leader Azad’s death and Rahul Gandhi’s role in Vedanta’s Niyamgiri project, to Maoist violence, their push into urban spaces, middle-class fears of their agenda, and chances of talks with the Centre. Excerpts:

Troubled at Home

India’s Home Minister is getting it from all sides. If the Maoist menace is not a headache enough, he’s got critics on his back, angry colleagues, and even jealous vibes within the Congress to fend off.

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