Red Affairs by Bibhu Prasad Routray
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 ...
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 ...