Far from the long-held perception of the red insurgents dominating the jungles and annihilating the men in uniform at will, the latest submission purportedly made by none other than the top boss of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) paints exactly the opposite picture.
Admitting to larger numbers of casualties and loss of ground, CPI (Maoist) general secretary Ganapathy has advocated the need to ‘protect and preserve forces’.
This forms a part of a 96-page supplement titled ‘A decade of struggle and sacrifice’, scripted to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the formation of CPI (Maoist) which fell on September 21 2014.
The Maoists, otherwise known for being able to publicise their messages, have been unusually coy about this message coming from their top boss.
Ganapathy, alias Mupalla Lakshman Rao, hails from Karimnagar district and carries a Rs 2.5 crore reward on any information leading to his capture, which includes different state government rewards and those by the central agencies.
The document has been uploaded on www.bannedthought.net, a site with a history of publishing ‘revolutionary publication banned in India’ and which claims to be an ‘independent’ one devoted to ‘promoting free speech in the US and around the world’.
The supplement, ‘People’s March Volume 13’ is divided into several essays on topics known to be close to the party’s ideals.
In a chapter titled ‘Lessons and Challenges of the Indian Revolution’ Ganapathy states, “The enemy has developed its counter-revolutionary war strategy and tactics (Low Intensity Conflict) drawing on worldwide experiences.”
Attributing to delay in adopting a broad vision and preparing policy to face ‘enemy tactics’, he admitted that the insurgents had lost ‘considerable number of comrades belonging to all levels’.
“The leadership failed to a large extent in defending itself and the ranks. These losses weakened the three magic weapons of new democratic revolution. This failure is a very severe one,” his article claims.
In what should come as a pat on the back for the Ministry of Home Affairs, speaking about the government, Ganapathy wrote: “Enemy offensive is becoming more severe, its surveillance and infiltration methods, more sophisticated backed by modern technology”.
The supplement dedicates six full pages to photographs and names of its members who were killed.