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BJP’s cozy nexus with Maoists in Chhattisgarh flourishes despite leaders’ murder, arrest

BJP leaders such as Jagat Pujari or Bhima Mandavi are small pawns on the chessboard of Bastar. They couldn’t have played their moves without the connivance of top bosses in Raipur.
Naxal leader Ramanna

Ramanna — dreaded Naxal & ‘master strategist’ who planned killing of over 150 security men

Ramanna, the founding member of the Maoist movement in Chhattisgarh, is believed to have died of a cardiac arrest earlier this week.
File photo of security personnel after an encounter (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Over 3,700 killed in Naxal violence since 2010, Chhattisgarh worst hit: Home Ministry

In its annual report, the MHA has listed 10 states that it says have been been affected by Left Wing Extremism in the last 9 years.

From Bihar to Andhra, how India fought, and won, its 50-yr war with Left-wing extremism

Maoists still have strength in certain regions but it’s grossly untenable to say they pose an existential threat to India as they did in late 2000s.

Maharashtra police get custody of top Gadchiroli Maoist, her husband

The duo, Narmada alias Alluri Krishna Kumari or Sujathakka, and Kiran were intercepted Monday evening at the Sironcha town along the Maharashtra-Telangana border.
Naxal

Key Maoist leader Sudhakar, wife surrender before Telangana police

The CPI (Maoist) leader carries a reward of Rs 1.25 crore on his head in Jharkhand and Rs 25 lakh in Telangana, while his wife carries a reward of Rs 10 lakh on her head.
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I’m a dump of shrunken flesh & dried bones, says Delhi Univ prof in jail for Maoist links

Wife of Saibaba, a former DU professor serving a life sentence for ‘Naxal links’, has alleged ill-treatment in Nagpur jail. Authorities deny allegation.
Mormukut Sharma in a still from his video | By special arrangement

If I raised my head 4 inches I would be shot: DD crew member who survived Maoist attack

Lighting assistant Mormukut Sharma tells ThePrint the 3-member Doordarshan team that travelled to Dantewada were not afraid of the assignment.
Kidari Sarveswara Rao

Maoists gun down TDP MLA, ex-legislator in Andhra Pradesh

Araku MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and his predecessor Siveri Soma were shot dead by Maoists at Dumbriguda mandal, close to the Odisha border.
Police detain activists during a protest against the arrest of activists in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence | PTI

Shoddy solutions won’t work to tackle the new Maoist-Naxal menace

Maoist-Naxal forces have weakened in their actual areas of origin, but urban sympathisers have expanded their influence.

On Camera

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, gestures while speaking during the Munich Security Conference in Germany in February 2020 | Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

The US is using the UN to destroy the UN, writes Iran’s foreign minister Jawad Zarif

Zarif says the US has become the first govt in UN history to not just violate a binding resolution it itself sponsored, but also punish those that uphold international law.
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, departs from Number 10 Downing Street in London, UK, on 13 February 2020 | Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

UK economy plunges into deep recession, shrinks 20.4% between April and June

Reacting to Office for National Statistics data, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the figures confirm that hard times were here and warned about more job losses in the coming months.

Defence

Army convoy moving towards eastern Ladakh from Leh on 30 June 2020 (representational image) | ANI

30,000 additional troops in Eastern Ladakh, Army faces stiff task housing them for winter

There is an infrastructure shortage in Eastern Ladakh, stemming from the fact that such large-scale movement of troops was unheard of in the region, and due to the challenging terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.