1st Edition

Maoist Insurgency, State and People Overlooked Issues and Unaddressed Grievances

Edited By Anshuman Behera Copyright 2024
    256 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    256 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book critically studies descriptive, normative and ethical aspects of violence to understand the Maoist conflict in India. It studies important but often overlooked issues such as reasons for youth participation in insurgency, the reality and the rhetoric of the urban Maoism debate, rights and entitlements of the local communities and their interactions with the Maoist conflict, and issues of governance and development.

    The volume:

    • examines the origins of Maoist insurgency, why it continues, the factions, counterinsurgency, impact of violence on education and other development indicators
    • investigates how a conflict with an alternative idea of democracy violently clashes with an established democratic Indian state
    • deals with the critical aspects of the Maoist movement in India and the status of Urban Maoism or Urban Naxal
    • evaluates state responses to the movement and its impact on the economic status of affected communities
    • discusses the gender dimension of armed conflict through a feminist lens and explores how women navigate through varied socio-cultural and gender norms while participating in the conflict

    Studying a wide range of critical issues, this volume will be of interest particularly to scholars of political science, development studies, public administration, security studies, peace and conflict studies and human rights.

    Part I: Maoist Insurgency in India: An Introduction 1. Ideas and Ideology of Maoist Insurgency in India: An Introduction Anshuman Behera 2. Insurgency versus Democracy: Violent Clash of Ideas between the Maoists and the Indian State- Hrudaya C. Kamasani 3. Manufacturing Threat: Reality and Rhetoric of Urban Maoism in India- Anshuman Behera Part II: Social Implications of Maoist Insurgency 4. Maoist Insurgency in India: A Social Movement Analysis- Subhasis Sahoo 5. Women and the invisible gender terrain of armed resistance in India- Aleena Sebastian 6. Ethical Evaluation of Violent Movements: A Case of the Maoist Insurgency in India- Nibedita Priyadarshini Jena 7. Violence and Threat Perception: Maoist Conflict and the Indian State-Ambikesh Kumar Tripathi 8. State, Education, and Violence: Reclaiming the Social Contract- Bharat Chandra Rout Part III: Political and Economic Implications of Maoist Insurgency 9. Governance in Maoist-Affected Areas- S S Meenakshisundaram 10. Grievances on Rights and Entitlements of Local Communities: The Making and Unmaking of the Maoist Movement- Rakesh M Krishnan 11. Understanding Maoism in India with Socio-Economic Discriminations and Rebel Capabilities- Debosree Banerjee 12. Participation of Youth in Left-Wing Extremism: Case Study of Chhattisgarh-Nayakara Veerasha 13.Maoist Conflict in India: A Critique of State Response-Anshuman Behera


    Anshuman Behera is an Associate Professor at NIAS, Bengaluru. His research interests are in the areas of conflict studies, political violence, political theory and development and conflict. His latest books are: Gandhi in the Twenty-First Century: Ideas and Relevance and Varying Dimensions of India’s National Security: Emerging Perspectives.