India’s Red Army

** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, MAY 20 ** A tribal member holds a gun at a meeting with Naxalites, officially the Communist Party of India (Maoist) that takes its name from the Naxalbari, a village outside Calcutta where the revolt began in 1967, in the Abujh Marh forests, in the central Indian state of Chattisgarh, April 13, 2007. Over the past four decades, this Maoist army with 10,000-15,000 fighters using old or handmade guns, has taken root in places forgotten during India’s spectacular economic rise, creating an archipelago of rebel territory scattered across nearly half of the country’s 28 states. In Chhattisgarh, the chasm between the growing economy and rural poverty has been magnified by conflicts over everything from forest conservation to mining rights, with tribals often expelled from their jungle homes. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

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India’s Red Army