BBC Takes a look at “Life in an Indian Maoist jungle camp”

Jul 19, 2011

“The BBC’s Suvojit Bagchi, who was granted unprecedented access to a Maoist camp in the depths of the Chhattisgarh jungle, describes the rebels’ precarious life.

After eight hours of walking in dense forest, in the early evening we entered a narrow, barren stretch of land hemmed in by hillocks.

At the far end stood a few blue and yellow tents.

Somji, one of the men who collected me between a small town in south Chhattisgarh and the thick central Indian forest, picked up speed as we approached.

A tall man standing guard with a rifle flung over his shoulder whistled and people started rushing towards us.

In under a minute, the camp members stood in formation and began singing a welcome song.

Each member in the queue raised their fist to whisper “lal salaam” – “red salute”.

Mostly aged between 15 and 30 years old, the men and women in the camp wore rubber sandals, olive green battle fatigues and carried guns of various makes.

India’s Maoist rebels say they are fighting for the rights of indigenous tribespeople and the rural poor.”

One thought on “BBC Takes a look at “Life in an Indian Maoist jungle camp”

  1. Lal salam to the courageous fighters of the PGA of India who have been persisting in the people’s war to complete the new democratic revolution since 1967. The Maoist revolutionaries in India have come a long way from their famous Naxalbari uprising to build and develop the three magic weapons — the party, the people’s army and the united front — of the new democratic revolution. Now that they have successfully developed the three magic weapons, I’d like to dedicate a poem — Mount Liupan — Mao had written just before the Communist Party of China under his chairmanship led the Chinese Workers and Peasants Central Red Army to complete their Long March in autumn 1935:

    The sky is high and clouds very thin,
    We watch the wild geese vanish southward.
    If we fail to reached the Great Wall we are not worthy mortals
    Who have covered 20,000 li in just a year.

    High on the peaks of Mount Liupan,
    Red flags sweep through like the west wind.
    Now that we have the long tassel in our hands,
    When shall we capture the Grey Dragon?

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