Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why Rao prefers to be known as Kishenji

TNN, Apr 18, 2010, 04.12am IST

RAIPUR: Top leaders of the Maoists are known to assume many names to hoodwink security agencies. Most often even the footsoldier Naxal has not seen his bosses. Now, top sources, who have been tracking the Maoists for some time, have revealed to TOI that Kishenji is not the real Kishenji but a cleverly assumed moniker by Mullajola Koteshwar Rao.

The name 'Kishenji' is now synonymous with Maoist guerrillas. He's apparently their leader and is either injured or lying low after leading many attacks in different states in the past couple of months. This 'Kishenji' was even ready to hold talks with Union home minister P Chidambaram on behalf of the Maoists.

As per records, Rao had other pseudonyms like Prahlad, Kiran, Ramesh and a couple of others too. However, he prefers to use Kishenji only because Rao understands the weight the name pulls in the Bengal-Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh region.

In the late 60s, Prashant Bose was one of the key voices of the Maoists. A known intellectual, his aliases were Kishanji, Kishan-da, Kajal and Mahesh. Bose's idea of the Naxal movement was more ideological in nature. He also saw it as an agrarian struggle.

It was the coming of the Andhra Naxals that saw violence, and not mere pressure tactics, taking centrestage. Gradually, Bose, who is now in his 60s but continues to be a politburo member of the CPI (Maoist), was sidelined.

The expanding influence of the belligerent Andhraites began to eclipse the influence of the intellectual Bengalis. Rao, however, understood the power 'Kishenji' wielded and soon began using that alias. The Naxals cadres revered Kishenji, it did not matter if it was Bose or Rao.

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