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Was There A Choice?

Interrogation reports reveal the mind of young Maoist recruits in Chhattisgarh

Was There A Choice?
Was There A Choice?
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A Maoist profile based on the accessed interrogation reports

Age

  • 15-20 years: 22
  • 21-25 years: 40
  • 26-30 years: 30
  • 31-35 years: 15
  • 36-40 years: 11
  • Above 50 years: 4

Caste

  • Gond 43
  • Muria 14
  • Other Scheduled Tribes 12
  • Scheduled Castes 4
  • OBCs 17
  • Upper castes 7

Land Holdings

  • Landless 71
  • Less than 10 acres 18
  • More than 25 acres 3

Education

  • Illiterate 47
  • Primary or secondary education 65
  • Undergraduates 12
  • Graduates 7

Orphans

  • 11 cadres out of this sample were orphans

Reasons For Joining

  • 94 said they were motivated to join
  • 23 say they were coerced

(Note: Of the coerced, two cadres rose to senior positions despite the threats before joining)

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There is little to set apart Barse Lakhma, all of 25, a typical Muria tribal from Chintalnar in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-riven Dantewada district. In 2010, though, when the state police...

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