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Romancing the Maoists

The silence of the human rights activists after an attack in which security forces are killed is telling

Written by M Venkaiah Naidu | Published: May 1, 2017 12:43 am
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In a barbaric and dastardly attack by the outlawed Maoists, India lost 25 brave CRPF personnel. They were ambushed and killed by the anarchists, who are hell-bent on stalling the development of the backward tribal areas and exploiting the situation. Some security personnel were also injured. The attack shocked the conscience of every right-thinking Indian. No sympathy or monetary compensation will make up for the loss suffered by the families of the victims. Nevertheless, the government will extend all possible help to them. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, the sacrifices of the brave jawans will not go in vain.

While the Maoists are an offshoot of the communist movement, the ideological warfare unleashed by them is totally out of sync with the tenets of democracy. Disillusioned with the communists who placed their faith in democracy, a section broke away to propagate and practise a violent ideology. Unfortunately, a variety of reasons, including the lack of political will and the failure of different regimes to devise a concrete strategy to combat Maoists, the backwardness of some regions and illiteracy, provided fertile grounds to the outlaws. The Maoists have a sinister design: To prevent the development of backward regions and exploit the situation by misguiding poor villagers, striking fear among them.

The Maoists cry hoarse about the government’s supposed indifference in providing basic amenities to the people. But they destroy and vandalise public properties, including schools and railway tracks. They do not want proper education and economic empowerment of the people as that would make the villagers see through their gameplan. Much like the separatists and terrorists in Kashmir, they do not want peace. Their agenda is the domination of the bullet over the ballot. That is simply not acceptable.

While the Maoists have been perpetrating mindless violence for decades, what is surprising is the support and sympathy they have received from so-called human rights activists, left-leaning columnists, armchair intellectuals and a section of the media — in the name of human rights. It should be noted that human rights are for humans, and not for terrorists. The silence of the human rights activists is as dangerous as the violence of the Maoists. Such people should realise that they are weakening the unity and integrity of the country by silently condoning Maoist violence. Terming them “Gandhians”, legitimising their violent struggle, is inexcusable.

Whenever an extremist or terrorist is killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces, human rights activists raise a hue and cry. But there is deathly silence when the outlawed guerrillas go on a rampage and kill security forces or innocent villagers. Don’t the security personnel, their families and other villagers have human rights? By their tacit support, these human rights activists are emboldening the Maoists to indulge in barbaric acts. These activists should answer if they believe in the Maoist ideology of achieving power through the barrel of a gun. It is time to expose the double standards of these activists and other so-called intellectuals who romanticise the Maoists.

It would be pertinent to recall that last month, a Maharashtra sessions court sentenced suspended Delhi University Professor G.N. Saibaba, and four others, to life imprisonment for links with an outlawed organisation, and for waging war against the country. The latest attack on the CRPF personnel, providing security to workers engaged in road construction, reflects the growing desperation of the outlawed outfit as many of its cadres have been deserting it.

Left-wing extremists killed more than 12,000 people, including over 2,700 security force personnel in different parts of the country between 1994 and 2014. Among major incidents was the killing of 75 Indian paramilitary personnel at Dantewada on April 6, 2010. Twenty-five anti-Maoist protesters in Erraboru village in Chhattisgarh lost their lives to landmines laid by these extremists. On March 4, 2007, they shot dead Sunil Mahato, a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MP. At least 44 people were killed when the Maoists bombed a bus in Dantewada on May 17, 2010; more than 150 passengers were killed when the Gyaneshwari Express derailed on May 28, 2010.

There have been several instances of the Maoists killing innocent villagers — most of them Dalit and Adivasis — by branding them police informers. On May 25, 2013, a Maoist attack resulted in the death of Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh minister, Mahendra Karma, and the Chhattisgarh Congress chief, Nanda Kumar Patel. Veteran Congress leader V.C. Shukla, injured in the incident, succumbed to his injuries. In erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, policemen, politicians and villagers lost their lives to Maoist violence. The victims include Telugu Desam leader and the-then Panchayati Raj minister, A. Madhava Reddy, and Congress MP Magunta Subbarami Reddy. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu survived an attempt on his life in 2003.

Thanks to the efforts of the Centre and different state governments, the influence of the Maoists is now limited to a few pockets along the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Whatever little support they get from people in these states is due to the fear of their guns. The Centre and state governments will now follow a two-pronged strategy: Strengthening and modernising the security forces and improving delivery mechanisms to ensure that development and pro-poor welfare schemes reach the grassroots level. The PM is determined that such schemes reach people hitherto untouched by them. The Maoists want to stop this, but we will not allow them to do so.

The writer is Union minister for information and broadcasting, minister for urban development and minister of housing and poverty alleviation

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  1. S
    May 2, 2017 at 8:04 pm
    First, Any act of violence is against humanity. Second, In this issue No sar-car seemed to be bothered about development of tribals other wise such situation would have never arisen. And no one can deny human right violations of tribals from both sides...Maoists as well as security forces. Tribals have no choice but to die. If u support development, Maoists will kill u and if its other way round security forces will kill u.
    1. K
      KS choudhury
      May 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm
      There must be surgical strike on Maoists and their supporters. Some Naxalites r faculty of jnu, they should be removed from service.
      1. Mohammad Dar
        May 2, 2017 at 2:39 am
        Learn to be a human being, not a hindu. hinduism is not a faith but a derogatory term used by the Persians to insult the natives of the subcontinent, check it out, it does not exist in hindu literature, but based on prefix hin, meaning negative, Hun great, Han, to be in greatness, and hind negative to both of them, and a hindu, noun in negativity to the truth, and hinduism way of the negativity to the truth. Original name of the faith is called, Sanatan Dherma, based on sane, to be wise, or wisdom, Noe stop being hindus idio ts, and call as your faith really is, Sanatan Dehrma, path of the wisdom. so it is time to thank, not curse, hindus, ignorant by birth. A gift from a Muslim.
        1. P
          May 2, 2017 at 1:39 am
          Can't we deploy proper security forces, even army, for a month and construct the road in an accelerated manner and finish the job. What a pity!
          1. Mohammad Dar
            May 2, 2017 at 2:40 am
            It takes a human brain to do it, but children of hindu crooked monkey, have none.
          2. V
            Vinay Kumar
            May 1, 2017 at 10:47 pm
            It's unfair if the human rights activists talk only when the people there in forests or in valleys die. They should be fighting against any kind of violence on people. Talking only when people die in CRPF/Army action shows the biased nature of those NGOs. That's also a reason why NGOs don't play a major role in government policies these days.
            1. Mohammad Dar
              May 2, 2017 at 2:42 am
              Specially about hindrance to truth hinduism racism as a faith, because it is the hindu worst kind of hinduism violence against humanity.
              1. S
                May 2, 2017 at 9:46 am
                @Mohammad Dar, the w country is mourning our jawans sacrifices and you are ing about religions. Grow up man!
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