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The People, The Enemy?

Take out the Maoists, take back the people. The Left Front has a plan for Lalgarh, but can it overcome past mistakes?

The People, The Enemy?
The People, The Enemy?
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In its seeming reluctance to enforce the Central ban on the Communist Party of India (Maoist) lies the key to the Left Front government's new politics in West Bengal. The ghosts of Nandigram continue to haunt chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya: now he's wary of anything that could smack of strong-arm tactics. The LF government here says it wants to "gradually, imperceptibly regain" the political ground it has lost to the Maoists, perhaps achievable given that their presence in the state is still marginal.

Simultaneously, by prolonging the action, it hopes that faultlines will develop in the rebel movement, especially in the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) led by Chhatradhar Mahato, widely regarded as the mouthpiece of the Maoists. There's also the hope that this will make it difficult for its chief political rival in the state, the Trinamool Congress, to take any clear position on the issue. The TMC had shared a platform with the PCAPA in February; today it is part of the UPA government, which has sent forces to...
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