Red Ant Dream

Red Ant Dream Doc about the inner workings of Indian democracy, focusing on the revolutionary Maoist movement in India.
Director:
Sanjay Kak
Runtime:
01:59:37
Released:
2013

India’s revolutionary patriot said almost one hundred years ago ‘Let us declare that the state of war does exist and shall exist,’ pre-warning an armed insurrection simmers in Bastar, in the troubled central India.

But in the east too, beleaguered Adivasis from the mineral-rich hills of Odisha come forth bearing their axes, and their songs. And in the north the swelling protests by Punjabi peasants sees hope coagulate — once more — around that iconic figure of Bhagat Singh, revolutionary martyr of the anti-colonial struggle.

‘Maoism teaches us that self-preservation is possible only through war’ the disembodied voice of an ideologue fills the forest, now peopled by armed guerillas. This secret war broke out over 50-years ago and the battle still rages but not just with guns and explosives, but ideas.

The officer in┬ácharge of training new police jungle warfare says ‘Population is the center of gravity,’ turning them into armed soldiers who can fight the Maoist rebellion – ‘whichever side the population tilts, that side wins.’

It is this very struggle that the Indian Prime Minister cites as the ‘single greatest internal security threat to the nation.’

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