ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By G Haragopal

Maoist Movement: Context and Concerns

The failure of the Indian state to wipe out the Maoist movement is due to its ambiguous understanding of the laws of motion of the movement and the support the movement enjoys among the poor peasants and tribals in its strongholds. Successful democratic transition will however depend upon whether the Maoist party will retain the primacy of its New Democratic politics over its military strategy, and whether it can force the Indian state to give due regard to the constitutional mandate.

Abduction of the District Collector of Sukma, Chhattisgarh

The kidnapping of the Sukma district collector in April 2012 and the issues that came up in the CPI (Maoist) party's statements had much to do with a model of development that is surrendering rich natural resources to corporates and multinationals for a pittance in the name of growth. This article, written by one of the two mediators who negotiated with both the Chhattisgarh government's nominees and CPI (Maoist) representatives to secure the collector's release, describes the twists and turns the talks took and points to a few salutary lessons that Indian democracy would do well to pay heed to.

The Telangana People's Movement: The Unfolding Political Culture

The Telangana people's movement for a separate state is rooted in a historical context, which includes a developmental model pursued by the ruling classes both in Andhra Pradesh and the centre. The widening of regional disparities and reckless urbanisation of some areas resulting in imbalanced and unplanned growth are a consequence of the policies of this model. The ongoing movement in Telangana attempts to resolve such contradictions through the formation of a separate state. Interestingly this phase of the separate state agitation has developed an unique political form - betrayed as it feels by the intrigue and opportunism of mainstream political parties.

Terrorism and Human Rights: Indian Experience with Repressive Laws

Terrorism is growing and no amount of power in terms of the use of force and severity of punishment has been helpful in containing it. This paper examines the ways that the Indian State has been responding to these challenges and scrutinises the experience over six decades of the use of repressive laws and their impact on the very notion of unrestrained freedom which a liberal state is supposed to guarantee.