About the Book
Hello Bastar - The Untold Story Of India's Maoist Movement by Rahul Pandita is a fascinating non-fiction account, revolving around the much-talked-about Maoist movement in New Delhi. The book offers real life encounters and an in-depth analysis of the controversial movement.
The book gives a historical view of the subject and talks about how a group of men and women entered Bastar in 1980 with the idea of much-needed revolution in mind. They created a movement, which India now terms an internal security threat. The book goes on to state that the Maoist movement is active in 10 states of India and that it tries to aid the poor by carrying out deadly attacks against the Indian establishment. Since Pandita has direct access to the Maoist leaders, the book offers a rare insight into the lives of the Maoists.
Hello Bastar - The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement also includes interviews with Maoist leaders, including Kobad Ghandy, Maoist Supreme Commander and many others who were jailed on encountering the police and later killed.
The book provides information on several facets of Maoist life, like the way the Maoists function and their agenda. This book was published by Tranquebar Press in 2011 and is available in paperback.
About the Author
Rahul Pandita is an Indian author who is also a journalist and has previously been a war correspondent. He is known for his news reports from Sri Lanka and Iraq and other war-hit countries. His latest focus has been on the the Indian Red Corridor's Maoist movement. He has also done news reports from the North-Eastern side of India. He is the associate editor and senior special correspondent of OPEN. Pandita has written several books, including The Absent State: Insurgency As An Excuse For Misgovernance, which he co-authored with Neelesh Misra and Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of The Kashmiri Pandits.