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Walking with the Comrades: inside India’s Maoist insurgency – The National

The author traveled to the jungles where the Naxals are waging their war against the Indian state from, and lived with them for 3 weeks. And whether I should get myself a moustache. Jan 02, Sam rated it really liked it.

It lives low down on the ground, with its arms around the people who go to battle every day to protect their forests, their mountains, and their rivers because they know that the forests, the mountains and the rivers protect them.

Tell me about what you discovered, what surprised you. Feb 03, Liz Minette rated it it was amazing. One can’t help but get lost in the trains of thought she conducts as they hop from one track to the next, comradfs forward and thrown in reverse, idling only to comment on grey nuance that gets lost in all the absolutist rhetoric she hears. The trees in the forest? It’s a version that everyone should hear before making their minds up on left wing extremism in India. For her work as an activist wa,king received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in By the way, Indians who are able to read English, appear to like John Grisham, not sure why, but they do.

Though the theatre of war is in the jungles of Central India, it will have serious consequences for us all. I hold the small book like a sacred text. These days I’m not so sure. Walking with the Comrades is a quick read, walkkng by no means an easy one. Maybe Roy will cover that in her next book Instead, she asks a series of rhetorical questions that express concern for how their nature will play out in the future: Death Squads, which despite possibly being an accurate picture of the situation, is certainly no real solution to the problem of massive governmental corruption and industrial collusion collapsing the lives and environs of the indigenous.


In the tradition of witness journalism, Roy draws on a moral humanist framework that is as much about the reader she imagines as the fellow-travelers she accompanied through the jungle. You even jokingly consider writing a play for their cultural wing called Gandhi Get Your Gun. If they say that cannot, then perhaps they should stop preaching morality to the victims of their wars.?

Would they not have been happy tilling their lands?

Walking Backwards into the Future

But if war is all it gets, it will fight back. It was like balm to me, that idea. Perhaps it’s better not to adjust? Like many, even I thought this many times, to make a visit to these naxal-‘infested’ areas for understanding them.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. This is a must-read. Jun 23, Delaney Ozmun rated it really liked it. It does not need war. A clear and extremely informative account of the lives of a group of Maoists of Central India, people regarded as infestations by the State and surely by majority of the citizens because we have been swallowing the lies, forming opinions based on them and not bothering to educate ourselves because it’s all to easy to dismiss people who are fighting any kind of injustice as ‘senselessly violent’ in the comfort of our homes, and leave it at that.

And it follows that production is viewed as merely overabundant, exploitation is not central, as it is in the Marxian framework. What matters is that the spread of corporations into central Indian forests threatens every aspect of their traditional way of life. The first step towards reimagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination–an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as Communism.

The dilemma for the writer, I think, is how to spend your life honing your individual voice and then, at times like this, to declare it from the heart of a crowd. I had to be at the Ma Danteshwari mandir in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, at any of four given times on two given days. Are they just violent nihilists foisting an outdated ideology on tribal people, goading them into a hopeless insurrection? Women who have been raped are in police custody.


She’s never developed that hardness to the world, and I used to think it a bad, or a dangerous trait. Comrades of the forest.

Because she frames the danger of encroaching industrial technology as a Heideggerian cultural concern, she imagines that culture is a significant aspect of addressing walkinf issue — so much so that pragmatic political efforts are undermined and culturally justified violence is condoned. In the beginning of the book, she admits that it’s a partisan telling of the naxal saga. Roy spends considerable time setting the stage for her walk with the Maoist “revolutionaries” in the forests of India.

That tension, that balance, is something I think about quite often. No trivia or quizzes yet. The result highlights how easy it is as a westerner to assume your world is everyone Really a collection of two essays, this short book exercised parts of my brain long dormant.

She is not simply an apologist for the Maoists, and does not ignore their use of violence, but she remains somewhat ambivalent throughout. A picture is more precious than a thousand words. And, according to Roy, this unwillingness or inability of government officials to address the concerns of the adivasi is only deepened by the general hostility of the Indian media towards the Maoists — which, she maintains, ranges from rou vilification to outright misreporting.

Everything is clean and necessary. Sep 12, Shweta rated it really liked it. Roy also adopts this Heideggerian notion that the saving power of Enframing is to be realized through a return to a prior cultural relation to technology. But in order to justify her support of the adivasi Maoists, Roy must make a case that they ultimately represent the saving power. Apr 26, Mark rated it did not like it Shelves: So Comrade Roj and Comrade Estha will not drench me in their torrential emotions, the extremely irritable and idiosyncratic Chacko will be missing, Sophie Mol will still be sleeping peacefully and wild Ammu and her lover, Ammachi, Papachi, the Jam factory