Travels in the Red Corridor.  52 mins. 


In the resource-rich forests of central India a war is being fought. For the last 40 years, a left-wing guerilla army – known as the Naxalite or Maoist insurgency – has been fighting the state in a battle over land, resources and political ideology. The Indian government considers the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency to be the country's 'biggest domestic security threat'. In 2009, the Indian government launched a massive paramilitary offensive known as Operation Green Hunt which continues to this day.

But who are the Maoist-Naxalites? And why are they fighting? And why are so many of India's indigenous tribal people – the adivasis – taking up arms against the state? 

These days we hear a lot about India's economic growth, its army of call centres and IT professionals, but a lot less is said about India's tribals...

As India grows economically, who is is paying the price?

You can also see photos from these travels here. Or watch short video slideshows here, here or here

The documentary was first broadcast on ABC Radio National's Awaye program.