A new chapter in Chhattisgarh: textbooks hailing Salwa Judum

The controversial Salwa Judum movement has now been incorporated in the Chhattisgarh school curriculum with a chapter on “Necessity of social security from problem of Naxalism”....

Written by Joseph John | Raipur | Published: January 20, 2009 12:23 am

The controversial Salwa Judum movement has now been incorporated in the Chhattisgarh school curriculum with a chapter on “Necessity of social security from problem of Naxalism” being included in the social science text book of class X of the Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education.

Describing the movement as a ‘peace march’,the two page chapter throws light on the anti-Naxal movement of Bastar and its objectives,causes for the spread of Naxalism,initiatives being taken by the government to deal with the situation and the possible steps required to find a permanent solution to the problem.

“Naxalism is an ideology that aims at capturing political power. The most sensitive situation is prevailing in Bastar area as the Naxalites feel safe there because of the inaccessible terrain,located very far away from the state capital. The region remains backward and anyone could easily influence the gullible and peace-loving locals”,the chapter points out. It goes on to say that the Naxal presence in Bastar can be primarily attributed to the slow pace of development,the language problem and the forest terrain that prevents security forces from carrying out an aerial attack and facilitates the military and guerilla training of the Naxal recruits.

“Now tribals have become aware and they have stood up against Naxalism. People are getting themselves associated with Salwa Judum,” says the text book.

“Nearly 70,000 people ,affected by the problem of Naxalism,have taken shelter in the relief camps where the state government has been providing them with all necessary basic amenities. Non-government organisations are also associated for educational development of these people”,it said.

“ Naxalism can be solved through wisdom,sensitivity and mutual understanding and it requires awareness and peoples’ participation,” it said. The chapter,which did not mention the name of its author,refers to attempts like the first ever revenue survey of ‘Abujmarh”,a remote forest area,other welfare schemes,modernisation of police force and development of infrastructure in the region.

The Opposition Congress and CPI,meanwhile,criticised inclusion of issues pertaining to a controversial subject like Salwa Judum in the school curriculum.

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