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India’s Ragtag Band of Maoists Takes Root Among Rural Poor

He’s 30 years old, speaks English and is conversant in the language of e-mail and the Internet. Friendly and self-confident, he could be a manager in a call center, or perhaps a software engineer on one of India’s gleaming high-tech campuses. But “Comrade M,” as he asks to be called, prefers a different line of work: waging war on the Indian state. Armed with a battered Lee-Enfield rifle that he laughingly describes as “senior to me,” the university graduate in an olive-drab uniform with a red star on the breast was one of about 30 Maoist guerrillas encountered recently in this remote forest in east-central India. Full Story

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