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Bust of Naxal leader Charu Majumdar alongside other communist stalwarts at Bengaijote, Naxalbari | Moushumi Das Gupta | ThePrint

RSS, BJP grow roots in Bengal’s Naxal cradle as red makes way for saffron

The RSS has been gaining a foothold in North Bengal, including Naxalbari, aiding the BJP's poll prospects but significantly giving it an edge in an ideological war.  

6 CRPF jawans injured in naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh

Naxals set off an IED explosion and fired at a team of CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh's Aranpur on Monday.

By donating blood, CRPF constable saves life of Naxal injured in encounter

Somapurti was rescued from the encounter site on 29 January and hospitalised in Ranchi. Constable Rajkamal donated B+ blood when the need arose.
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9 Naxals, 2 policemen killed in gun battle near Sukma in Chhattisgarh

The encounters took place in the forest of Kistaram during an anti-Maoist push, titled Operation Prahar IV.
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Naxal gunned down in encounter with security forces ahead of polls in Chhattisgarh

The exchange of fire took place in a forest when a team of the Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Naxal operation.
Jaya Bachchan and Nandita Das in a scene from Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa | YouTube

As DD journalist is killed by Naxals, here’s how Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa showed sense of loss

Govind Nihalani’s 1998 film is a riveting take on the Naxalbari movement that shook Kolkata’s rich and poor alike.
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States told to finalise dates to honour police martyrs at National Police Memorial

Home secretary writes to states and UTs, asks them to hold functions to be attended by CM, governor or Lt Governor at Delhi's National Police Memorial.
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.

When a Bihar policeman’s decision to nab a local don set off a chain of deadly events

Amit Lodha in his book, published by Penguin India writes on how a Bihar don played a crucial role in leaking question papers of several exams. Ranjan had worked in the Naxal district of Lohardaga in Jharkhand before coming to Bihar. On his posting to Shekhpura, he had expected a peaceful life. He had had enough skirmishes with Naxals in the jungles of Lohardaga. Little did he know that he would have the most harrowing experience in Shekhpura. Ranjan was made the SHO of the Kasar police station in Shekhpura. Vijay Samrat’s influence was substantial and his word was law in the area under Ranjan’s jurisdiction. After just two days of Ranjan joining as the SHO of Kasar, Vijay sent an emissary. ‘Huzoor, Vijay Bhaiyya has sent his regards to you. We would be happy to provide you with newspapers and supplies of chicken, mutton . . . Anything you want, sir!’ said...
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Pathalgarhi: A Jharkhand tribal stir that seeks autonomy for gram sabhas under Indian law

Pathalgarhi supporters say nobody linked to their movement had any role in the gang rape of 5 NGO workers as claimed by police.

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File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

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IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.