10 years movement of Maoist party – V6 Spot Light – 19th September 2014
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) is a communist party in India which aims to overthrow the government of India through people’s war. It was founded on 21 September 2004, through the merger of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) People’s War (People’s War Group), and the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI). The merger was announced on 14 October the same year. In the merger a provisional central committee was constituted, with the erstwhile People’s War Group leader Muppala Lakshmana Rao, alias “Ganapathi”, as general secretary. Further on the occasion of May Day 2014, the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Naxalbari merged with the CPI (Maoist) and formed a single party, CPI (Maoist). The CPI (Maoist) are often referred to as the Naxalites in reference to the Naxalbari insurrection conducted by radical Maoists in West Bengal in 1967.
The CPI (Maoist) maintains dialogue with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) who control most of Nepal in the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA), according to several intelligence sources and think tanks. These links are, however, denied by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
They claim to be fighting for the rights of the tribes in the forest belt around central India in the states of Chattisgharh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharastra, and West Bengal. Currently, the Party has a presence in remote regions of Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, as well as in Bihar and the tribal-dominated areas in the borderlands of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Odisha.