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From the April 2015 edition of the National Geographic magazine two articles worth reading. Each having a military context and dimension. Issues both contemporary and ancient.
"How Coal Fuels India's Insurgency"
"In mineral-rich jungles Maoists militants find a foothold through violence and extortion.":
The Red Maoist forest guerrillas of India. Naxalites! The war the government of India doesn't want you to know about. And a subject matter this blog has not touched upon in some time now!
Maoist inspired insurrection, the forest guerrillas of India waging war for a period of at least four decades. Often referred to as Naxalites.
A war financed in large measure by the illegal sale of elephant tusks, sandalwood, AND EXTORTION AS PRACTICED AGAINST THE COAL MINE OPERATORS OF INDIA!
As promised by the newly elected Prime Minister Modi, total and complete electrification of India to proceed with all due speed. About three hundred million [300 million] Indians either without electricity or only being connected to the electrical grid and fed current in a sporadic manner.
NEW power plants to be constructed in abundance to remedy the problem, COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE SOLUTION!
Also providing on demand electricity to Bangladesh.
LOTS OF POWER PLANTS TO BE BUILT AND LOTS OF COAL TO BE DUG. THE MASSIVE COAL FIELDS OF INDIA RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT AREA CONTESTED BETWEEN THE INSURGENTS AND THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN NEW DELHI!!
The more coal mined from the rather substantial coal fields of India THAT MUCH MORE TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE MAOIST INSURRECTIONISTS!!
Insurgents for some time now their recruiting base among the Tribal groups of India, specifically the Adivasis. Maoists able to exploit grievance a primary source of which is land expropriated for coal field development.
Among those three normally accepted criteria as needed for a successful insurgency a sanctuary, within the context of the Naxalite insurrection that "forest of Dandakaranya which loosely translates from Sanskrit as Jungle of Punishment".
Naxalites active for forty years now and running with no end in sight. Some sort of settlement can be negotiated? So far that answer is no.