Chhattisgarh | Maoists’ new strategy against state at play, anti CAA rhetoric to amp up hatred

Chhattisgarh | Maoists’ new strategy against state at play, anti CAA rhetoric to amp up hatred

n an official statement issued recently, the Left-Wing ultras have taken on the Hindutva agenda of the Indian Right and extended support to the minorities. 

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.

Earlier, their approach was designed to appeal to the local population of Bastar with issues that affect tribal lives - ‘Jal, Jungle, Zameen’ (water, forest, land). The issues chiefly centred around alleged atrocities by the local police, "unwelcome" development work, mining companies and road contractors among others.

In an official statement issued recently, the Left-Wing ultras have taken on the Hindutva agenda of the Indian Right and extended support to the minorities. This comes in the backdrop of sustained attack from the right-wing, who have been referring to intellectuals supporting the Left as ‘Urban Naxals’.

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In a statement issued on 7 March, the banned CPI (Maoist) made scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for allegedly pursuing ‘Brahminical Hindutva’ ideology in India to oppress and gag the voice of Dalits, Adivasis, minorities, farmers, women and progressive groups. It also attacked policies by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Why are Maoists targeting national issues?

It is probably an attempt by the Ultra-Left group to broaden their social base — beyond the tribal lands — and get into urban territories, and gain sympathy and tacit support of those who are either critics of the current government or have apparently suffered in some way due to the Centre's policies formulated under the Modi government.

As Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, said, while armed struggle and movement in rural areas would be the first priority, importance should be given to urban struggle. “The final objective of revolution is the capture of the cities, the enemy’s main bases and this objective cannot be achieved without adequate work in cities," Said Mao in Selected Works of Mao Zedong.

Maoists have always opposed road construction, as it gives security forces access to their hideouts lodged deep inside the forest.

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The CPI (Maoist) claimed in the statement that its military wing — People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) — killed eight jawans of security forces during the period of operation in Bastar, against one casualty on their part. Posing as comrades in arms, the Maoist statement has finally asked the ‘exploited and oppressed tribals’ to join hands with the Naxals under the ‘Red flag’, stating that the PLGA is determined to strike hard by attacking the ‘Fascist forces’ (read government and security forces) riding on national issues.

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