नक्षलवाद्यांचं-माओवाद्यांचं अंतरंग आहे तरी कसं? त्यांचा ठिय्या बस्तरमध्ये का आहे?
त्यांना तिथून हुसकावून लावणं अजून का जमलेलं नाही? ते काय म्हणताहेत?
त्यात खरं किती? खोटं किती? त्यांचा हिंसाचार संपणार कसा?
शहरी भागांतही त्यांच्या पाऊलखुणा का दिसताहेत? प्रश्न, प्रश्न आणि प्रश्न
एका धाडसी, अभ्यासू पत्रकारानं थेट बस्तरमध्ये वावरून आणि अनेक जाणकारांशी चर्चा करून उत्तरं शोधण्याचा केलेला हा दमदार प्रयत्न. कोणत्याही संवेदनशील भारतीयानं दाद द्यावा असा.
Marathi translation of the book HELLO BASTAR: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INDIA'S MAOIST MOVEMENT by Rahul Pandita.
The book presents Rahul Pandita’s in-depth analysis of the Indian Maoist Movement.
In the book Rahul Pandita presents his decade-long study of the Indian Maoist movement in all its harsh, unvarnished reality.
The narrative begins with the ideological union of a handful of people, both men and women, that led to the establishment of a guerrilla base in Bastar, Central India, in 1980. These people with the idea of revolution in their minds, created a powerful movement that sought to fight the Indian establishment on behalf of the country’s poverty-stricken and marginalized citizens. The movement, which subsequently morphed into what is termed the Maoist movement, is now firmly entrenched in ten Indian states, and is perceived as the biggest threat to India’s internal security.
The book provides powerful and in-depth insight into the Maoist movement, including a tremendous amount of information on the goals of the movement, its recruitment process, its party structure, the lives of its members, and the functioning of its squads. It is backed by the author’s research which stems from his conflict-reporting experiences and interviews with numerous Maoist leaders. From the story of the first member who died for the cause, to the work of its top leaders like Kobad Ghandy, Anuradha Ghandy, and Ganapathi, the book highlights the lives of the Maoists and their dedication to the cause.
Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement was first published in 2011 by Westland / Tranquebar Press. It has garnered critical acclaim for its unflinching analysis of India’s Maoist movement in the backdrop of firsthand reportage straight from the guerrilla camp.
About the Author
Rahul Pandita is an Indian journalist.
He has written books like Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement, and Chinar In My Veins. He has also co-authored The Absent State.
His writing focuses on the impact of insurgency, and the turbulence and ravages of war. His life and writing have been greatly inspired by the likes of Salman Rushdie, Mohsin Hamid, and V. S. Naipaul.
Pandita was born in Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley, India. At the age of fourteen, he was one among thousands to be forced into exile by Islamic radicals. His career as a journalist has taken him to war zones in Kargil, Sri Lanka, and Iraq. He has also worked for the Indian Express, Zee News, and Aaj Tak. His contribution to the field of journalism has won him several awards, such as the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting, the Oxford e-author award, and the Northeast Media Fellowship. Pandita is currently based in New Delhi. He is the associate editor of Open Magazine.