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The forgotten war of rural eastern India

 The Herald 18 June 2012

In the isolated Indian state of Jharkhand, a largely unreported conflict hinders crucial rural development. It is the heartland of the Maoist movement, banned as a terrorist organisation by the government. And whilst many local villagers have some sympathy with the Maoists viewpoint, they despise their methods: "Some of the ideology is good but I could never accept the violence." (2755 Words) - By Lucy Adams

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Ajay Kumar, 30, formar maoist fighter and moaist agent.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Sub-inspector Birsa Oraon outside the Palkot police station with his officers.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Praveen Bajray and Erose Kujur of SCIA-funded project in Pithertoli.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Champa Devi, 24, is a woman animator in Dahupani: "The villagers have been working on this for three years – dragging out the stones by hand."Photo: simon Murphy

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Kamla Singh is eight years old. She says the children in her village did not go to school for a long time.Photo: Simon Murphy


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