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Maoists have never been so weak in past 10 years, but don’t count them out yet
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Maoists have never been so weak in past 10 years, but don’t count them out yet

Apart from a large number of Maoists killed, their geographical influence has, according to the Ministry of Home affairs, shrunk to 41 districts in the country from 96 districts in 10 states in 2010.

Maharashtra: At least 26 Maoists killed in one of the longest encounters in Gadchiroli, says police
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Maharashtra: At least 26 Maoists killed in one of the longest encounters in Gadchiroli, says police

The gun battle took place in the morning at Korchi in Mardintola forest area when a C-60 police commando team was conducting a search operation

How Amit V Masurkar's Newton draws from the geography of Ramayana to tell the story of India's tribal heartland
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How Amit V Masurkar's Newton draws from the geography of Ramayana to tell the story of India's tribal heartland

The jungle depicted in Newton happens to be Dandakaranya – the Forest of Punishment – where Ram, Lakshman, and Sita spent their days in exile, before their paths crossed with Soorpanakha and Ravan, kicking off the fabled war in the Ramayana.

Two ITBP personnel killed in Chhattisgarh Naxal attack, ultras make off with AK-47 rifle
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Two ITBP personnel killed in Chhattisgarh Naxal attack, ultras make off with AK-47 rifle

Assistant Commandant Sudhakar Shinde and Assistant Sub Inspector Gurmukh Singh were out with their squad on an area domination operation, when they were killed

Bastar attack: Maoist killing of 22 jawans shows little has changed in over a decade on operations front
India

Bastar attack: Maoist killing of 22 jawans shows little has changed in over a decade on operations front

Declaring war against the Maoists, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday in Jagdalpur that strong action would be taken.

Maoist ambush in Bastar: To curb Naxal threat, lessons must be taken from Bengal experience
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Maoist ambush in Bastar: To curb Naxal threat, lessons must be taken from Bengal experience

West Bengal's Operation Barga holds lessons for centre's answer to Bastar attack; it wasn't only brute force that broke the back of the Naxal movement

Read an excerpt from Kobad Ghandy's Fractured Freedom, a stirring narrative of his activism and incarceration
Arts & Culture

Read an excerpt from Kobad Ghandy's Fractured Freedom, a stirring narrative of his activism and incarceration

The memoir also documents the turning points in the activist and thinker's life including his introduction to Marxist ideology, meeting his wife Anuradha, and the couple's involvement in the Naxalite movement.

Read an excerpt from Devashish Makhija's Oonga: 'There are places in this forest where the sunlight cannot reach'
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Read an excerpt from Devashish Makhija's Oonga: 'There are places in this forest where the sunlight cannot reach'

The story is set deep within the conflict of the adivasis, naxalites, the CRPF, and a mining company.

In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor
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In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor

In a conversation with Firstpost, Bhardwaj talks about his time living in India's Red Corridor, why a solution for the insurgency has not yet been achieved, and the State's apathy towards Adivasis

Somen Mitra passes away at 78: West Bengal Congress chief and former Lok Sabha MP suffered cardiac arrest
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Somen Mitra passes away at 78: West Bengal Congress chief and former Lok Sabha MP suffered cardiac arrest

Mitra was among the most firebrand Congress leaders of the 1960s and 1970s and played a crucial role in the fight against the Naxals in Kolkata

NIA arrests three for aiding murder of Chhattishgarh BJP MLA, four policemen by Maoists
India

NIA arrests three for aiding murder of Chhattishgarh BJP MLA, four policemen by Maoists

The attack was probed by the Chhattisgarh Police before the NIA took over the investigation on 17 May last year

Two security personnel killed, three sustain injuries in encounter with Naxals in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli
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Two security personnel killed, three sustain injuries in encounter with Naxals in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli

Sub-Inspector of Police Dhanaji Honmane (30) and constable Kishor Atram were killed in an ambush set up by Naxals in Gadchiroli.

Maoists adopt new propaganda strategy, amp up rhetoric on  CAA, NRC, NPR to drive new offensive against State
India

Maoists adopt new propaganda strategy, amp up rhetoric on CAA, NRC, NPR to drive new offensive against State

In a major shift in their outreach strategy, the Maoists in Chhattisgarh have decided to tap into burning national controversies such as Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), and treatment of minorities in general, as a new offensive to fight against the State.

Two Naxals killed in separate encounters in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, Narayanpur districts; one STF jawan injured
India

Two Naxals killed in separate encounters in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, Narayanpur districts; one STF jawan injured

Two Naxals were killed and a Special Task Force (STF) jawan was injured in separate encounters in Chhattisgarh's Sukma and Narayanpur districts on Wednesday, police said.

Chhattisgarh govt begins survey to rehabilitate and resettle 5,000 tribal families who fled Maoist-affected Bastar in 2005
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Chhattisgarh govt begins survey to rehabilitate and resettle 5,000 tribal families who fled Maoist-affected Bastar in 2005

The minutes of the meeting reviewed by Firstpost revealed that the Chhattisgarh representative assured that the state government will ensure those willing to return have forest rights as well as houses, drinking water facilities, hospitals and other amenities.

At Ramlila Maidan rally, Narendra Modi says CAA will benefit marginalised, claims his govt has held no discussions on nationwide NRC
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At Ramlila Maidan rally, Narendra Modi says CAA will benefit marginalised, claims his govt has held no discussions on nationwide NRC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Delhi on Sunday, criticised the parties opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, insisting that the legislation passed by the Parliament aims at the betterment of minorities without a bias on the basis of religion

Jharkhand Assembly elections: Over 62% turnout recorded in third phase; former CM Babulal Marandi among candidates
Politics

Jharkhand Assembly elections: Over 62% turnout recorded in third phase; former CM Babulal Marandi among candidates

The fate of 309 candidates, including 32 women nominees, was sealed in the EVMs for the Jharkhand Assembly election.

Four cops killed after Maoists open fire on patrol van in Jharkhand's Latehar; Raghubar Das calls attack cowardly
India

Four cops killed after Maoists open fire on patrol van in Jharkhand's Latehar; Raghubar Das calls attack cowardly

Armed Maoists opened fire on a patrol van near Lukiatand village under Chandwa police station in Jharkhand on Friday night, killing the four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), police said

Naxals fly drones over CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh's Bastar for first time; shoot-on-sight orders issued to security forces
India

Naxals fly drones over CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh's Bastar for first time; shoot-on-sight orders issued to security forces

Shoot-on-sight orders have been issued to security forces deployed across Left-Wing Extremism affected states after a 'serious and new' threat of possession and operation of drones by Maoist cadres came to light recently