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Ganapathy (Maoist)

Muppala Lakshmana Rao
Born (1949-06-16) June 16, 1949 (age 69)
Beerpur, Jagtial, Telangana, Dominion of India
Nationality Indian
Other names Ganapathy
Occupation General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Organization Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Known for Far-left politics

Muppala Lakshmana Rao, commonly known by his nom de guerre Ganapathy or Ganapathi is the leader of the Indian Maoist movement[1] and the present General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned[2] Maoist insurgent[3] communist party in India.

Early life

Ganapathy was born in Sarangapur, Karimnagar district of Telangana. He is a science graduate and also holds a B.Ed. degree.[4] He worked as teacher in Karimnagar district but deserted his job to pursue higher education in Warangal.[5][6]

Early political life

In Warangal, Ganapathy came in touch with the Maoist cadres Nalla Adi Reddy and Kondapalli Seetharamaiah, and eventually he also decided to join the naxalite movement in the country. He was one of the early members of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War (People's War Group) and grew as General Secretary of the party that is now called as Communist Party of India (Maoist), an output of the merger of People's War Group and Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI) that took place in 2004. He remains active in the so-called red belt of India including the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.[7]

Other than Ganapathy he is known by several other aliases viz MupallaLakshmanRao, Shrinivas, Rajanna, Raji Reddy, Radhakrishna, GP, Chandrasekhar, Azith and CS.[6]

Personal life

Ganapathy tends to be reclusive and difficult to meet, and has only done a few interviews including those with the BBC and with Rahul Pandita, a journalist from Open magazine and the author of "Hello Bastar".[1]

Role in Maoist activities

Ganapathy is one of the most wanted persons by the Indian security forces for his role in several naxal activities. National Investigation Agency has announced an award of 1,500,000 for any information leading to his arrest.[6] The total bounty on his head is the highest currently in India, which is 36,000,000.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b Sekhri, Abhinav (16 February 2012). "Intrview with Rahul Pandita". News laundry India.
  2. ^ LIST OF ORGANISATIONS DECLARED AS TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS UNDER THE UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT, 1967 - Ministry of Home Affairs Archived 2010-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Deepak Kapoor, AVSM PVSM, SM VSM Chief of Army Staff (India) (2009). South Asia Defence And Strategic Year Book. Pentagon Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 8182743990.
  4. ^ Rahul Pandita. Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement. Tranquebar Press (2011). ISBN 978-93-8065834-6.Chapter VI. p. 111
  5. ^ "We Shall Certainly Defeat the Government" OPEN. Retrieved 5 January 2013
  6. ^ a b c "Wanted - National Investigation Agency". National Investigation Agency. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  7. ^ Pandita, Rahul (10 June 2011). Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story Of India's Maoist Movement. New Delhi: Tranquebar. ISBN 9380658346.
  8. ^ "हाफ़िज़ या दाऊद से ज़्यादा इन पर है इनाम". BBC Hindi. Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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