FFfAW Challenge-Week of January 9, 2018
By Neel Anil Panicker
“You are making a huge mistake, Chella”.
The 47-year-old leader of Peoples’ War Group stared at his childhood friend Jagdamba Mahto.
The two were holed up in a cave deep inside the Bhadraharsotwa Jungles.
Not many in the extreme left wing party he had founded barely a decade ago had the authority to address him by his first name.
To everyone he was Commander in Chief, a name that struck fear and kept the police forces of five States on tenterhooks.
‘Look what’s happened, Chella. Your dictatorial style’s led to the creation of three more splinter groups. We’ve made enemies. We’ve…’
“Come to the point”.
Even the mild mannered Mahto knew when to tread carefully.
‘Chella, all of us want to overthrow the corrupt government of Karimpala and establish Peoples’ Government. Let your ego not play spoilsport. I suggest a truce. Bring them all under one roof, give them some power, buy their loyalty, my friend.’
Silence followed. After a while Chella spoke, his voice, a soft whisper, “You’re right. Been always right, my friend.’
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