Failed ‘Revolution’? Disaffection Growing Among Maoist Cadre As Seniors Lead ‘The Good Life’A communist flag. (representative image) (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

An assessment by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) based on questioning of surrendered Communist Party of India (Maoist) members and literature recovered during raids has found a rising wave of disaffection among the middle and lower level cadre of the outlawed organisation.

It is reported that the alienation among the middle and lower rungs is on account of the feeling that the senior leaders have become increasingly interested in material pleasures and are not receptive to ideas from the lower rungs. It is said that the senior leadership is averse to serving in ‘difficult areas’ and that no steps have been taken to address a critical shortage of ammunition either.

The extent of alienation among the lower rungs of the Maoist organisation can be seen in the fact that 359 people are reported to have surrendered in the current year with a reported 217 surrenders from Chhattisgarh alone. Surrendering members are said to have echoed the opinion that support among the tribals was fast waning as there was a growing recognition of the opportunities associated with education and government jobs.

A top Maoist leader who recently surrendered is quoted to have said that the Maoists were not interested in the welfare of the tribals and in fact called for “a need to expose what Maoists preach and practise”. It is clear that the government’s development efforts including the setting up of schools and universities in Maoist affected areas is bearing fruit and that the outlawed organisation is being starved of not only resources but also importantly local support.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement