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Development and Violence

This is with reference to the EPW editorial “Salwa Judum, Version 2.0?” (16 May 2015). It bears testimony to developmental violence in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The relaunching of the state-sponsored movement, jan jagaran abhiyan, to fight Maoists under the leadership of Chhavindra Karma, son of the assassinated founder of Salwa Judum, Mahendra Karma, is also noted in the editorial.

In an interview given recently to the Asian Age, Chhavindra Karma criticised the Chhattisgarh government for its failure “to defend Salwa Judum in the Supreme Court properly,” which led to the “premature death of the movement.” He accused the Maoists of opposing developmental works in Bastar and asserted that his “announcement to launch Vikas Sangharsh Samity to oppose Naxalism has already sent a chill down the spine of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).” This assertion of raw power portends that Bastar is going to witness a bloodbath in the coming days, all in the name of development.

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