Dandakaranya, which can be translated from Sanskrit as the 'jungle of punishment', lives up to its name. The dense forest spread over Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh is about 45,000 sq.km. It is called DK by the people who control most of it—the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Change of course: Milind Teltumbde, 47, is secretary in charge of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Maharashtra.
The Maoists have a structured hierarchy in place for the land they rule. Milind Teltumbde, 47, is the secretary in charge of Maharashtra. Born in a Dalit family in Rajur village of Yavatmal district, he is an engineer by education. The wanted Maoist has close ties with the family of B.R. Ambedkar, India's first law minister and a champion of Dalits. Teltumbde's brother Anand, who is a well-known management professional, is married to Ambedkar's granddaughter.
When the late Anuradha Ghandy, who was a central committee member of the Maoists, prepared the draft policy of the Maoists on caste annihilation, she profusely used Ambedkar's thoughts in it. Teltumbde said, "We do not consider the thoughts of Babasaheb [Ambedkar] as an 'ism'. He had given a detailed thought to caste annihilation and land redistribution which we have adopted more or less fully. The thoughts of Marx, Lenin and Mao qualify to be an 'ism'. Even those of Gandhiji, to an extent. But not Babasaheb's, as we strongly feel that they are restricted to a certain range of issues and policies."