Lal Salam

Lal Salam

"Lal Salam" ( _hi. लाल सलाम, _bn. লাল সলাম, meaning 'Red Salute') is a salute, greeting or code word used by communists in India and Nepal, which is used when both hello and goodbye would be used in English. In Hindi (as well as several other South Asian languages) "Lal" means red, the colour of communism, and "Salam" is an Arabic/Persian loanword in use in India. In Arabic it literally means 'Peace', but this usage is in line with the Persian usage, with the meaning 'Salute'.

This saying is used by the Naxal and Maoists militants that operate in India and Nepal. It is usually a code word to define their ethos.

On the proposed of any death of a soldier the term "Lal Salam" (red salute) is planned by the naxals as a tribute to the comrades killed.

Recently on June 12, 2008 the Naxal militants posted posters of "Lal Salam" in villages bordering by the Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh. The outfit of People's Liberation Front of India, was reportedly luring unemployed youths into anti-government activities.

There is a Malayalam feature film by the same name which deals with the Naxalite movement.

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