Red Affairs by Bibhu Prasad Routray
It’s Still a Stalemate in the LWE Hotbed
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 18 Sep, 2019 · 5622
insurgencies tend to negotiate. Such decision may be a tactic to buy time,
defer defeat, protect their leaders and cadres, or simply to salvage whatever
little is possible in a war that these armed movements have no hope of winn ...
Researching the Unresearched: Left-Wing Extremism and the Future Rules of Governance
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 19 Aug, 2019 · 5612
In the last week of
July 2019, a brother and sister pair, in a representation of the two principal
adversaries in India’s left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected heartland, came
face-to-face. In Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, Vetti Rama, ...
Reviving Jagargunda in Chhattisgarh's Security and Governance Vacuum
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 11 Jul, 2019 · 5597
In June 2019, 13
years after it was demolished by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres using IEDs, a school in Jagargunda in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district has reopened.
Apart from being a centre of learning for tribal ch ...
Is ‘Human Rights’ Making a Comeback to Chhattisgarh’s Counter-Naxal Doctrine?
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 22 Mar, 2019 · 5569
Regime changes often are
harbingers of major policy shifts. The Congress party which ended the Bharatiya
Janata Party’s (BJP) 15-year rule in Chhattisgarh state in the elections to the
legislative assembly held in November 2018 has the ...
Governance Promises and its Antithesis: A Case Study of Junglemahal
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 25 Jun, 2018 · 5485
The catchphrase, ...
Counter-LWE Security Operations: Season of Success?
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 15 May, 2018 · 5468
On the surface, the months
of April and May 2018 appear to have brought about a season of ‘success’ for
the security forces. Pursuing a hardline approach, the security forces, across
Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand h ...
Rumour of Triumph
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 01 May, 2017 · 5280
It took 25 corpses of security force personnel for the government to accept, albeit reluctantly, that its counter-Maoist strategy needs a review. It took this attack - the worst in seven years - for the government to fill up the top posit ...
Forecast 2017: LWE Still Holding On
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 31 Jan, 2017 · 5227
Insurgency is a long drawn out affair and often defies attempts to bring it to a quick conclusion, whether by force, coercion, or strategies that are primarily geared at gaining fame for individual politicians or the leaders of security for ...
A Bridge Over River Gurupriya
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 31 Dec, 2016 · 5216
In Odisha's Malkangiri district, a 910 m-long bridge over river Gurupriya is being attempted to be built for the last 34 years. This could arguably be the most delayed infrastructure building project in the world. In a layman' ...
Rise of the Vainglorious Policeman
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 05 Dec, 2016 · 5198
India's not so glorious counter-insurgency (COIN) history has stories of police officers who gave direction to the faltering campaign of their predecessors, mobilised the limited resources at their disposal, negotiated well with their p ...