ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Maoist Movement in Junglemahal

War and Peace in Junglemahal: People, State and Maoists edited by Biswajit Roy (Kolkata: Setu Prakashani), 2012; pp 548, Rs 500 (pb).

Junglemahal denotes the area appro­ximately covering Bankura, Birbhum, Purulia and West Medinipur in West Bengal. The inhabitants of the region include many tribals or adivasis. But, non-tribal people also have a substantial presence there. Junglemahal has become a household name in the state in the wake of recent events in ­Lalgarh and the neighbouring areas.

The police atrocities on tribal women in Chhotopelia village following the mine explosion in Salboni on the day of the then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s visit to the area in 2008 acted as a catalyst to the tribal revolt in ­Lalgarh. The Lalgarh movement directed against the atrocities of the state and its mercenaries spread its wings quickly and played a significant role in the political transition in West Bengal.

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