Red Affairs by Bibhu Prasad Routray
Governance Promises and its Antithesis: A Case Study of Junglemahal
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 25 Jun, 2018 · 5485
The catchphrase, ‘extremists are anti-development’, is an integral part of the state’s strategic communication strategy in areas affected by Left-wing Extremism (LWE). Alternatively without extremism, the fruits of development would f ...
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 Indian security forces. Pursuing a hardline approach, the security forces, across Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand, ...
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 ...
End Game: Fractured and Scarred Tribal Communities
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 19 Oct, 2016 · 5154
For the left-wing extremism problem in India to be resolved, tribal population in the affected areas must be won over by the State. This truism is reflected in public statements of ministers and other politicians as well as official polic ...
The Dream that the State Sells
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 19 Sep, 2016 · 5130
Given that the state has continued to wrest territories from the control of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), the nature of governance to be unleashed in such areas has remained a subject of speculation. Whether a developm ...
Development and Maoists
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 17 Aug, 2016 · 5109
The killing of 23-year-old Rakesh Karu Gawde on 30 July 2016 by the cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was the latest onslaught by the extremists on what they perceive to be a competing and overwhelming development ...
Maoists Vs Former Maoists: A Peep into Jharkhand's Counter-LWE Policy
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 20 Jul, 2016 · 5086
Given that a force-centric policy, in which the states are inclined to use vigilante groups and former Maoists against the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), is largely seen to have taken precedence over the other identified co ...