The book Urban Naxals by film-maker Vivek Agnihotri
is an eye-opener. The book is published by Garuda Prakashan and available at Garuda Books. It tells of his journey in making of the film “Buddha in a Traffic Jam” which exposed the nexus between an India-wide Maoist terror movement and their supporters in urban centers such as academia and media. Naxalites are waging war on India in subtle ways but with details plans for an overthrow of the State. Urban Naxals act to garner sympathy for Naxalites and wage a propaganda war through social and conventional media. This gripping story recounts Agnihotri’s own grooming in College to be an Urban Naxal and details the plans and modus operandi of the movement.
Who are the Urban Naxals? Urban Naxals are educated people in academia, media, NGOs and urban civil society in India who support violent insurrection against the State. They are often motivated and even funded by a violent-Left ideology and seek to achieve their objectives via coordinated violence rather than by democratic means. While the Naxalite movement is often associated with remote tribal areas, Urban Naxalism is a phenomenon in cities and urban centers. Naxalism is named as the leading internal security threat to India.