Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Maoists release music videos to counter security forces

Soumitra Bose | TNN | Dec 8, 2020, 13:25 IST
Picture used for representational purpose only

RAIPUR: Maoists have made a short musical documentary on the life & achievements of Ravula Srinivas alias Ramanna, who was one of the most prominent rebels of Chhattisgarh.

The Maoists have released two music videos, prepared by their cultural wing Chetna Natya Manch (CNM), to mark the 20th anniversary of the Peoples’ Liberation of Guerrilla Army (PLGA). The security agencies are viewing the latest propaganda as a part of ‘psychological warfare’ of rebels against the forces.

Few weeks ago, the Central Military Commission of the Maoists had released a data stating that the rebels lost 4,483 cadres, including 839 women, in the last 20 years in their fight against security forces in the affected states. Such detailed statistical analysis of the Maoists’ military wing, also released on 20th anniversary of the PLGA, was an unprecedented move.

In the last couple of days, the Maoists have distributed pamphlets and erected banners in support of the PLGA anniversary and the ongoing PLGA week being observed between December 2 and 8 to garner support and boost recruitment.

The music videos are likely to have been shot in Sukma in Chhattisgarh and circulated across Central India. The videos feature tribal dance groups and the lyrics are in Gondi language used by the bulk of the population in Central India’s hinterland having sizeable support base for Maoists.

Maoists have circulated propaganda videos earlier too in parts of Central India spanning Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Odisha and Telangana, which they tag as ‘Dandakaranya’ or the forests of punishments. But this time, the security agencies are stunned by the professional quality of the audio-visual message.

“The videos also have shots and images of large gathering of tribals dancing to songs eulogizing PLGA and appealing masses, especially youngsters to join the armed rebellion. This is a deliberate move claiming mass support to counter security agencies which are stating that rebels are fast losing popularity in their own backyard,” said a senior security agency personnel on the condition of anonymity.

“The videos also show that the Maoists are trying to use social media as their next major platform for publicity,” said the personnel.

In one of the videos, the Maoists have made a short musical documentary on the life and achievements of Ravula Srinivas alias Kunta alias Ramanna, who was one of the most prominent rebels of Chhattisgarh. Ramanna had boosted the movement in Central India before dying of cardiac arrest in 2019. Another video highlights the various military achievements of Maoists in Chhatti


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