Thursday, April 13, 2006

And A Little Further East...

In Villages Across India, Maoist Guerrillas Widen 'People's War' - New York Times:
Today the Communist Party of India (Maoist), which exists solely as an underground armed movement with no political representation, is a rigidly hierarchical outfit with toeholds in 13 of 28 Indian states. It stretches from the tip of India through this east-central state to the northern border with Nepal, where the Maoists have set off full-scale civil war.

Estimates by Indian intelligence officials and Maoist leaders suggest that the rebel ranks in India have swelled to 20,000, though the number is impossible to verify. One senior Indian intelligence official estimated that Maoists exert varying degrees of influence over a quarter of India's 600 districts.

The top government official in one of Chhattisgarh's rural Maoist strongholds, Dantewada, acknowledged that the rebels had made some 60 percent of his 6,400-square-mile district a no man's land for civil servants.
Great, just great. And India is yet another nuclear power. It's so nice to have nuclear powers falling apart at the seams! No wonder BuchCo made a nuclear deal with India. Sounds like a great investment.

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