Anand (Maoist)

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Katakam Sudarshan
Born Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Other names Anand
Organization Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Known for A cadre, Politburo and Central Military Commission member of CPI (Maoist)
Spouse(s) Sadhana

Katakam Sudarshan, commonly known by his nom de guerre, Anand (Hindi pronunciation: [aːnŋd̪]), is a Politburo[1] member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned[2] ultra-leftist[3] communist party in India.

Early life and family[edit]

Anand was born at Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh, and pursued education at the government polytechnic college, in Warangal.[4] He has worked as a teacher to financially support his higher education.[4] He married the Adiladab district secretary of CPI (Maoist), Sadhana.[1] She was gunned down by the police force, few years back.[4]

Guerrilla life[edit]

Anand is one of the senior-most cadres of the ultra-leftist political party,[4] and has been leading the ongoing armed struggle from northern Telangana to Dandakaranya, for over 30 years.[5] He is described by Indian police as a "soft spoken" person, an "orthodox" Maoist and a "hardline strategist".[1] He is prominently known for chalking out the policies of the party in the political arena, and upholds that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.[1]

After the completion of his studies, Anand joined the radical leftists in 1975; and in 1979, he shifted to Chhattisgarh.[4] In the 1980s, he became a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War (People’s War Group), founded by Kondapalli Seetharamaiah.[5] He is famous for his "ruthless guerilla warfare tactics" and has been designated the duty of training the cadres in "guerrilla warfare", and planning "military precision strikes" on the armed forces, in the territory of Chhattisgarh.[4]

He is a Politburo member of CPI (Maoist), and is presently heading the eastern regional bureau of the party, after Kishenji's elimination in the ongoing Maoist movement in the region.[1] He is also a Central Military Commission member and the chief of the Central Regional Bureau of the CPI (Maoist).[4]

Responding on a question about the Indian government's "Operation Green Hunt" during an interview, he said to journalists, “We have been in the middle of a cruel, bitter war for several years.”[5] In 2010, he told media personnel that out of the 45 members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), 8 has been arrested and 22 has been killed by the agencies of the Indian government.[5] He is also reportedly working on the task to attempt stalling the "Operation Green Hunt".[5]

A senior police officer once told Hindustan Times that "Sudarshan is not a pacifist like Azad and was against his party’s initiative to hold talks with the government."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Bhattacharya, Ravik (23 November 2012). "Hardline strategist to replace Kishenji". Hindustan Times (Kolkata: HT Media Ltd). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Bhalla, Abhishek (2 July 2013). "Maoists at the gate: Intelligence reports reveal ultra-left groups have infiltrated Delhi's labour unions to incite violent protest". Daily Mail and General Trust. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Janyala, Sreenivas (9 April 2010). "The men who run Dandakaranya". The Indian Express (Hyderabad: Indian Express Group). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Radhakrishna, G.S. (7 April 2010). "Portrait of ‘mastermind’". The Telegraph (Kolkata: ABP Group). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 

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