Interview|  Vivek Agnihotri on Urban Naxals, JNU, Fake news and Twitter trolls

During a conversation with Express, he reiterated the Maoist have been running this proxy war for the last 50 years.

Published: 16th March 2019 04:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2019 12:41 AM   |  A+A-

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri.

Online Desk

"Urban Naxals" are worse than terrorists. At least we know that terrorists come from across the border whereas the "Urban Naxals" are attacking the country from within, says filmmaker and author Vivek Agnihotri.

In an interview with the Express, he reiterated that Maoists have been carrying out this proxy war for the last 50 years and their objective has been to take down the state of India. He added that educational institutes, the media and bureaucracy are infested with 'Urban Naxals', an umbrella term coined by Agnihotri himself. "They wrote a document in 2004 called "Urban Perspective" and there they stated that to take down the state of India, one has to take down the cities of India. To do so, they have to take the activities to the urban areas by appointing people from those areas", he says. 

Terming "Urban Naxals" as the enemy of the country, he added that everybody from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to Home Minister Rajnath Singh sees them as a threat to the idea of India.

Countering allegations on tweeting a doctored video of former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar, he said, "the onus is not on me. I am just a citizen of this country and not a news channel. I was just making a point".  Watch the full interview to know about his stand on fake news,  Jawaharlal Nehru University and Twitter trolls.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp