Let’s Talk About: Naxalism – Part 2

Let’s Talk About: Naxalism – Part 2

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In Part 1 of Let’s Talk About: Naxalism, Amit Bhardwaj explored the origin, history and meaning of Naxalism. His conversations with politicians, members of security forces, activists and reporters revealed that no interpretation of Naxalism can leave out the human wreckage that Naxalite and anti-Naxalite forces have left behind in the past half-century.

In Part 2, Amit delves into the human cost of fighting Naxalism in the jungles of India. What poses a bigger risk to members of security forces than Naxalites? What is life like for activists who work with civilians? How difficult is it for journalists to report from the region? And after years of police operations, has the Naxal insurgency finally started weakening?

Join Amit’s journey once again as he unravels the answers to the most pressing questions facing the Indian republic. Tune in to the latest episode of Let’s Talk About.

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Brigadier BK Ponwar is a retired brigadier and Director of Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College (CTJW) and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Chattisgarh. He had also served as a Commandant of the Indian army, Counter Insurgency & Jungle Warfare College (CIJW) between 2003 and 2005.

Hemant Soren is the former Chief Minister of Jharkhand and was a member of Rajya Sabha between 2009 and 2010. He is also the president of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

Himanshu Kumar is a human rights activist and the founder of Vanvasi Chetna Ashram (VCA), an NGO based in Dantewada. He is the author of Vikas Adivasi Aur Himsa: Kiska Vikas – Kiska Vinash (2018, Notion Press).

Malini Subramaniam is an independent journalist and a regular contributor to Scroll.in. She has spent nearly half a decade in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region and served as a former head of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). She has been honoured with the International Press Freedom award to protect journalists and International Freedom of Speech award (2017).

Narayan Singh Chauhan is a former Naxalite and was active in the insurgency between 1968 and 1971.


HostAmit Bhardwaj

ProducersKartik Nijhawan

Parikshit Sanyal

Ayush Tiwari

EditingSamarendra Kr. Dash

RecordingAnil Kumar

Script & ResearchAmit Bhardwaj

Hritik Mishra

Aena Thakur

Nithin Chacko Mathew

Ayush Tiwari