“Naxal Movement – A War from Within”: The Existing State of Affairs from Chhattishgarh (India)
The nation of India is currently witnessing an economic boom sparked by the government’s embrace of free trade agreements and multinational corporate investment. For now, what is apparent is the effect that the industrial and economic boom is having on one of the country’s longest enduring political conflicts between the Naxalites and the Government of India. The hinterland of India is witnessing one of the most successful secessionist struggle ever waged in independent India in the form of Naxalism or Naxalite Movement. In 2005, the state of Chhattishgarh launched a massive campaign named Salwa Judum which mean “Purification hunt” (speakers of the local Gondi Adivasi Dialect), “peace Campaign” (salwa Judum), or “Group hunt” (Naxalites) with the sole mission being to extract the Maoist insurgency from the state. The paper explores the issue of Naxalism in depth against the socio-economic and political background prevalent in India and critically condemns the use of child soldiers by state of Chhattishgarh in such an existing affairs.
Keywords: Naxalism, Human Rights, Development and Internal Resistance
Student, Hidayatullah National Law University