HELLO, BASTAR: The Untold Story\nof India’s Maoist Movement
    HELLO, BASTAR: The Untold Story\nof India’s Maoist Movement (English, Paperback, Rahul Pandita)

    HELLO, BASTAR: The Untold Story\nof India’s Maoist Movement  (English, Paperback, Rahul Pandita)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Westland / Tranquebar
    • ISBN: 9789380658346, 9380658346
    • Edition: 2011
    • Pages: 216
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    Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement presents Rahul Pandita’s in-depth analysis of the Indian Maoist Movement.

    Summary Of The Book

    In Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement, Rahul Pandita presents his decade-long study of the Indian Maoist movement in all its harsh, unvarnished reality.

    The narrative begins with the ideological union of a handful of people, both men and women, that led to the establishment of a guerrilla base in Bastar, Central India, in 1980. These people with the idea of revolution in their minds, created a powerful movement that sought to fight the Indian establishment on behalf of the country’s poverty-stricken and marginalized citizens. The movement, which subsequently morphed into what is termed the Maoist movement, is now firmly entrenched in ten Indian states, and is perceived as the biggest threat to India’s internal security.

    The book provides powerful and in-depth insight into the Maoist movement, including a tremendous amount of information on the goals of the movement, its recruitment process, its party structure, the lives of its members, and the functioning of its squads. It is backed by the author’s research which stems from his conflict-reporting experiences and interviews with numerous Maoist leaders. From the story of the first member who died for the cause, to the work of its top leaders like Kobad Ghandy, Anuradha Ghandy, and Ganapathi, the book highlights the lives of the Maoists and their dedication to the cause.

    Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement was first published in 2011 by Westland / Tranquebar Press. It has garnered critical acclaim for its unflinching analysis of India’s Maoist movement in the backdrop of firsthand reportage straight from the guerrilla camp.

    About Rahul Pandita

    Rahul Pandita is an Indian journalist.

    He has written books like Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement, and Chinar In My Veins. He has also co-authored The Absent State.

    His writing focuses on the impact of insurgency, and the turbulence and ravages of war. His life and writing have been greatly inspired by the likes of Salman Rushdie, Mohsin Hamid, and V. S. Naipaul.

    Pandita was born in Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley, India. At the age of fourteen, he was one among thousands to be forced into exile by Islamic radicals. His career as a journalist has taken him to war zones in Kargil, Sri Lanka, and Iraq. He has also worked for the Indian Express, Zee News, and Aaj Tak. His contribution to the field of journalism has won him several awards, such as the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting, the Oxford e-author award, and the Northeast Media Fellowship. Pandita is currently based in New Delhi. He is the associate editor of Open Magazine. He spends his leisure time reading, playing chess, or watching classic movies.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2011
    • Author
      • Rahul Pandita
    • Author Info
      • Rahul Pandita is a senior Special Correspondent with the Open Magazine. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book on insurgency: The Absent State. He has extensively reported from conflict zones ranging from Bastar to Baghdad.
    • Width
      • 5.06 inch
    • Height
      • 0.47 inch
    • Weight
      • 222 g
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    The other side of the coin

    Coming from Andhra Pradesh, I have heard of naxalism all my life. I've heard of them killing policemen, forcefully acquiring land and blowing up jungle resorts. I've also witnessed the enigmatic following the balladeer Gadar had over thousands of people in the state. Being a city - bred, urban, English educated citizen of India, I've always had a well-conditioned, deep-rooted bias against the violence encouraged by the Maoist movement. At the same time, like everybody else, I wondered how a s...

    Sahit Chirutapudi

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    17 Mar, 2012

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    Glorifying Naxalism

    This is fairly good book giving the reader an insight in problems of the underprivileged in the RED corridor belt. But the author tends to somewhat glorify the Naxals by suggesting that whatever actions they have undertaken to uplift the poor people are to a large extent correct. The government on its part is also false by not doing its bid but the writer should have also highlighted the wrongs which the Naxals have done under the name of protectors of the poor. I mean to say that all Robin H...

    Gaurav Godbole

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    17 Jun, 2012

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    Really the untold story of Indian Maoist movement

    I have never read such a vivid history about the formation of the Naxals, their growth, progress, birth of CPI(Maoist) in India. The book also recognizes those never-told faces who sacrificed their lives or still struggling for the betterment of the society. The book also discusses about the structure and other important aspects of the CPI(Maoist)party which were still unpublished to the common people. A great book from Rahul Pandita. A must read!

    Prasenjit Roy

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    10 Nov, 2011

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    Well written but baised in favor of Maoists

    The author has put in considerable amount of time & effort in the book put I feel in the process of doing so he fails to maintain a unbiased stand. The book talks in detail about the struggles of Maoists but conveniently mentions their exploits mechanically and moves on.

    The Maoists invasion, recruitment and plans for future (in the chapter - the urban agenda) shows that after a while in a war, both sides forget what/why they are fighting for.

    It deeply affects me to know that a teenager wh...

    Divakar Kamalakkannan

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    15 Oct, 2011

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    One sided and confused

    Hello Bastar is one of many books glorifying Maoist warfare.The author has put up considerable amount of time in studying the movement and praising them but had he spent some time in organising the text,it would have been better.He starts off with Kobad Ghandy,moves to Andhra Pradesh and other places,comes to Anu Ghandy's life and ends with Kobad Ghandy.It is confusing that was the book written for Kobad or Maoist warfare.The author glorifies Maoism but what about the people killed in this wa...

    Apratim Mukherjee

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    22 Jul, 2012

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    This is very important book to know the history of naxal as well how horrible our police and politician are .
    They people just making polices from Delhi and not capable to implement for improvement of poor people .Day by day poverty ratio is increasing ,but no one worried about this .Politician just making money ,police doing exploitation of poor.Every young person should read this book.

    kewal singh

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    5 May, 2015

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    Such a dampener !

    Having read Pandita's brilliant work "our moon has blood clots", the expectations were pretty high from this one. was hoping to get a closer view of the matter apart from the narrative we get in routine op-eds. but the book fails to deliver. it is a mundane fact of matter narration with too much focus on individuals rather than focusing on the genesis of ideology. Overall Disappointing and avoidable. Expected much better from Mr Pandita

    Lovesh Singla

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    15 Oct, 2014

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    Quick read and informative

    Its a thin book and perfect for those who are scared by fat chunky books.

    It has lots of personal stories and background of people who are now part of the Maoist movement. I learnt a lot. What we read in newspapers is always missing in context or the process of how things came to be as they are.

    The author understands and reveals the underlying reasons for the huge support that Maoists have.

    He also gave an insight into what the ideology is and how the Naxals lives are.

    A good and qui...

    Alisha Kalra

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    25 Nov, 2011

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    A complete MAOIST tale!!!

    Just browsing across some titles in flipkart i found this book. It took a second for me to purchase it, and it was delivered in another 7 days. If you think why 7 days, then i wanna tell you that it was delivered at my home which is at BASTAR, as the title says. And 7 days is the best u can expect at such a remote part of country.

    Now about the book. First of all i want to thank mr. rahul pandita who gave me a better insight of my homeland, than what i got from the last 22 years. Bloodshed's...

    Snehil Kamal

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    19 Sep, 2011

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    At least not Arundhati roy--but surely Pro-naxal and one sided

    Those who have known plights of naxalism can better tell how half-baked naxal leaning Mr.Pundita has presented. Naxal movement can not be justified in the name of democratic rights. These maoists are organised terrorists. Mr.Pundita was allowed to visit them so how could have he ventured writing against these lunatics. There nazi working style and torture is known to one and all in the districts they dominate.
    Serious readers shall diverse to sociological and historical research of subject.


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    4 Oct, 2013

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