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The life of a Maoist: Violence and deceit are a part of the guerrilla life

In the Maoist camp, while marriage within the fold is allowed, a man or a woman can propose to his or her partner only two years after joining the party.

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A makeshift night halt for a Maoist squad inside the Dandakaranya forest. The rebels live a spartan life, with food and tobacco strictly rationed. Intoxicants, including local tribal brews, are banned. (Source: Express photo by Photos: Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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The Maoist insurgency is a phenomenon few have the will to grasp. Several thousands of armed men and women live in the forests of central India spearheading a revolutionary struggle which is reaching its 50th year soon. (Source: Express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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The state accuses Maoists of indoctrinating tribals, but it overlooks the fact that it has not convinced them that it can protect their interests better than the Maoists. (Source: Express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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Always on the move to elude the enemy, a guerrilla rarely spends consecutive nights at a single place. (Source: Express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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A loaded rifle is slung on the shoulder all the time; a woman carries one even when she goes for a bath in a river. (Source: Express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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Eight minutes is what the Maoists get to pack up and move. Their belongings — a plate, a few clothes and basic toiletries — all fit into one pithoo bag. (Source: Express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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Villagers in Bastar carry countrymade muzzle-loading guns called bhar-maar for hunting. The police often round up locals carrying the gun even though the unwieldy weapon is not a part of the Maoist armoury. (Source: Express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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A rebel fetches water for her camp. Comprising around 40 per cent of the cadre, women form the spine of the insurgency. All responsibilities are shared equally by men and women; the latter get special food rights. (Source: express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)

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A memorial for Mangal, killed in an encounter a few years ago, outside the Bali Bera village. “Villagers erased his name as they feared the police,” says his sister Simri. (Source: Express photo by Ashutosh Bhardwaj)