Gautam Navlakha is a controversial figure but at the same time, he is one of the supporting voices of an undeniable movement titled Naxalism.
Not many know what goes on behind the scenes inside the deep jungles and the ‘forgotten India’ in dire need of a social transformation. But Gautam clearly does as he has spent time researching the people who are fed up of the way things are. To share his views and experiences, the civil liberties activist has penned a book too. In a chat with CS, he talks about the overwhelming discontent and the underwhelming response towards it:
India has the dubious distinction of being one of those countries that has waged war against its own people on several occasions. Besides, everything is not as rosy as the urban India wants the rest of the country to believe. More than 70 per cent of the population literally lives on pittance. About 100 rich families make up 16 per cent of the gross national income. That’s a huge disparity and whoever thinks otherwise is living in a fool’s paradise.
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I don’t expect much from movies made on topics like Naxalism. At the most, Bollywood will show sympathy because their level of political understanding is not of the kind that’d do justice. Needless to say, they’ll make money out of it. The movie that came closest to gauging a troubled region in the country was Maachis. Compared to films, I’d say documentaries can contribute more to the overall awareness.
We’ve got to accept the fact that it’s a legitimate movement with a vision for emancipation from oppression. Too much has been tolerated for too long. Moreover, we need to ask ourselves how come its followers are increasing every single month? The answer is simple: Disenchanted people are tired of waiting for the government to do something for them so are taking matters into their own hand.