Guess who the security forces are banking on to bring arrested Maoists in Bengal back into the mainstream.
Entrepreneur Dhirubhai Ambani, management guru Shiv Khera and former Central Bureau of Investigation chief Joginder Singh — representatives of the very system the rebels dream of uprooting.
Making the rebels read books on and by them are expected to reverse Maoist indoctrination.
A 17-year-old arrested on November 11 is the test case. If the plan succeeds, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) would repeat the experiment with other rebels.
The youth, currently in the West Midnapore juvenile home, had been the sub-zonal head of the Maoists in charge of Salboni and Lalgarh areas. He was the one who hid the arms stolen by the Maoists from the Silda camp of the Eastern Frontier Rifles.
The officers of the CRPF 50 battalion, who arrested him, say he is a promising candidate for reform.
A dropout from Nuraboni Netaji high school of West Midnapore's Jamda, the boy had stood first in class till class 9.
"He joined the Maoists in 2008 after he was slapped by a local policeman, who had come to the village to investigate a case," said Vivek Sahay, inspector general, CRPF.
The officers have handed him books worth Rs 1,100 – including Bengali translations of two biographies of Ambani, 'You Can Win' by Khera and 'Positive Thinking' by Joginder Singh.
"We want them (the Maoists) to read such books and think about the positive side of life. We hope these would give them hope in life," said Sahay.
As for this youth, "we are hoping to bear the expenses of his education and induct him into the force", Sahay added.