Open Diary

Swapan Dasgupta

The liberal intelligentsia and Indira Gandhi’s infamous Emergency

Thunder From the East

The idea that India might one day be at the fulcrum of global economic development underlines the point that the story of Easternisation is about much more than China

Who Will Shape the Asian Century?

Easternisation and the question of freedom

A War With No End

Prakash Jha’s forthcoming film, Chakravyuh, is set in the Naxal minefields. In a conversation with historian Shruti Kapila and Hartosh Singh Bal at the India Cambridge Summit, he speaks of the senselessness of India’s war on Maoists

The Phantom Who Fell

The legend of Kishenji and what his death means to India’s Maoist movement

Blind in Dantewada

The standout feature of the State’s battle against Maoism is botched-up police action

The Celebration of Violence

How activists must share the blame for the murder of Niyamat Ansari

Takes a Few Good Men

Lessons New Delhi can learn from one babu’s work in Orissa

“No atmosphere for talks”

Maoist supreme commander Ganapathi on the Naxal push into urban spaces, Rahul Gandhi's role in Vedanta’s Niyamgiri project and much more

“If Giridih Falls First, Gurgaon Will Fall Next”

During a recent trip to a Maoist base in Dandakaranya, Rahul Pandita had left a questionnaire for Maoist Supreme Commander Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi, who had given him exclusive access last year for an interview (see ‘We Shall Certainly Defeat the Government’, 23 October 2009), his first ever. This time, Ganapathi has sent his replies in writing, covering a vast range of issues from Maoist leader Azad’s death and Rahul Gandhi’s role in Vedanta’s Niyamgiri project, to Maoist violence, their push into urban spaces, middle-class fears of their agenda, and chances of talks with the Centre. Excerpts:


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