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Al Jazeera Interviews Arundhati Roy on Green Hunt and Kashmir

Al Jazeera Interview with Arundhati Roy", Nov. 2, 2009. Available on YouTube in two parts, the first focusing on Operation Green Hunt, the second part on Kashmir and other issues.

Part 1 (12:07 minutes) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmIaX7W-BFU&NR=1

Part 2 (10:39 minutes) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KyKMsj0RT0&NR=1

Al Jazeera Video on the Indian Counter-Insurgency Campaign

India's Government Battles Maoist Fighters, April 4, 2009






CNN-IBN Interview with Arundhati Roy and Gladston Dungdung

New Delhi, October 21, 2009. It was an evening of an explosive confession on CNN-IBN. Naxal leader Kishenji has for the first time claimed responsibility for the beheading of Jharkhand police officer Francis Induvar two weeks ago. Even more chilling are his threats that they will kill again on a day when Naxals attacked another police station in West Midnapore on Tuesday. The question that was being asked on CNN-IBN's India At 9 was: Is it possible for the Government and Naxals to come to the dialogue table? To try and answer the question on the panel of experts were writer and activist Arundhati Roy and Jharkhand-based activist Gladson Dungdung.


New Bollywood Film: "Red Alert-the War Within"

Judging from two articles posted below, “Red Alert” is part of the Indian media offensive laying the groundwork for Operation Green Hunt. The movie premiered in July 2009 at the Stuttgart Film Festival. See the two minute trailer atRed Alert the Movie

Bollywood Movie Shows the Solution to Naxal Problem

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There are many problems that government faces every time like Naxal and Maoist problem. But the Govt. has not been able to find a satisfactory solution to resolve these problems. But it seems that Bollywood has an answer to these problems.

From long time Bollywood has produced movies on many serious issues like corruption, bad politics and Naxal problems. Through these movies directors have tried to bring out a solution to end the war between the government and the Naxalites. Usually in the Bollywood movies, an angry hero destroys a complete mass of terrorists.

To uplift such courage in our security forces and people against Naxal terror, Ananth Mahadevan has made a new film ‘Red Alert – The War Within’. The premier of the movie will be held at the 40th International Film Festival of India.

The movie ‘Red Alert – The War Within’ is the story of a poor cook Narsimha (Suniel Shetty) who delivers food to the Naxal people. Narsimha lives in a Naxalite territory, Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. Eventually he joins the Naxal people.  One day Narsimha saves the lives of two school kids in a Naxal attack on the school. Unhappy with Naxal philosophy, Narsimha decides to stop the bloody war once and for all. Narsimha kills the Naxal ‘dalam’ leader and captures the police mission. Mahadevan told reporters that, “The idea for the film came from a newspaper report. Its headlines said: “We both fired, he missed, I didn’t.” The report was about a poor farmer who goes on to kill a Naxal leader after being trapped in the movement.”

Suniel Shetty who played the main character of Narsimha said he did a “lot of homework” for the movie. He also said, “The Maoists are not revolting against the country. It is the system they are not happy with.”

According to the director Ananth Mahadevan, he has “made an honest film, which does not cater to the Hindi formula”. Talented actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas and Vinod Khanna have played major roles in the movie.  The movie will release in January 2010.

Bollywood Spotlight on India’s Maoist Insurgency

Reuters India, December 1, 2009

PANAJI – A new Bollywood film takes a hard-hitting look at the Maoist insurgency in India and its effect on the common man.

“Red Alert – The War Within”, directed by Ananth Mahadevan, is about a cook who falls into the hands of Maoist rebels in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and is forced to take up arms against the police and the government.

“It is the story of the common man who is trapped between the outlaw and the law,” Mahadevan told reporters on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India in the tourist haven of Goa. The director said he wrote the script after reading a newspaper article about a farmer who finds himself trapped amidst Maoist rebels.

The Maoists started their armed struggle in West Bengal’s Naxalbari town in 1967 and have expanded their support among villagers by tapping into resentment at the government’s recent pro-industry push.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as one of the gravest threats to the country’s security. “I am merely reporting their cause, there is no bias,” Mahadevan said.

The rebels, estimated to have 22,000 fighters, operate in large parts of the eastern, central and southern countryside, and officials say they are now spreading to cities and bigger towns. “No one paid any attention to this problem when it started 40 years ago. Now we are terming it as a big threat,” Mahadevan said.




Your Mama! or the Blitzerization of Indian TV

By Trevor Selva

In the past two weeks, I have viewed three shows on NDTV 24/7 and one on CNN-IBN live. On one NDTV show, the moderator was Mr. Vikram Chandra and the other one had the ubiquitous Ms. Barkha Dutt. The CNN-IBN show was moderated by Ms Sagarika Ghose. All three of the shows had to do with Naxalites or Maoists. The NDTV shows had the emblematic war-drum like sound effects and graphic interplay that aped the "War on Terror" style of the Fox/CNN networks.


Interview with Arundhati Roy on Democracy Now

AMY GOODMAN: We turn to a woman the New York Times calls India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence, Arundhati Roy, world-renowned Indian author and global justice activist. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the Booker Prize in 1997. She has a new book; it's called Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers… Arundhati Roy joins us now from New Delhi, India, on the country's biggest national holiday of the year.


The Media Question

A leaflet issued by Correspondence and Radical Notes, October 26, 2009

Admittedly it has been an old problem with most movements, that they have treated the media only as a means to an end, 'a way of making themselves heard,' and so long as they got some coverage with the help of conscientious friends within the media, they were satisfied.