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The Naxal Connection

Thursday - September 6, 2018 9:45 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN- The crackdown on so-called intellectuals may be raising the hackles of many ‘liberals’ but as many as 128 organisations suspected to be having links with Maoists were identified way back in 2012 by the UPA government and some of those arrested by the  Maharashtra police in the latest incident were part of these front groups of the red ultras. "The  UPA government had, in December 2012, identified 128 organisations with linkages to the CPI (Maoists) and written to all state governments asking them to take action against people involved with these organisations.
 
Seven of those Varavara Rao, Sudha Bhardwaj, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Mahesh Raut arrested so far belong to the organisations appearing on this list," a government official said requesting anonymity. Ferreira and Gonsalves, two of the five arrested, were held in 2007 too and they had spent several years in prison. Similarly, Rao has been arrested several times by the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Police in the past. The official said what was under investigation in the current case were the linkages of these individuals with the CPI (Maoist), a banned organisation operating with the devious objective of overthrowing democratic order, and the support provided by them to the CPI (Maoist).
 
“Such individuals cannot escape responsibility for aiding and abetting the violent acts committed by CPI (Maoist)'s underground cadres,” the official said. "The CPI (Maoist), towards the achievement of its ultimate objective of the seizure of political power through protracted people’s war, attaches immense importance to the urban movement which works towards the creation of a United Front in support of their movement," another official said. The urban movement is the main source for providing leadership and resources to the CPI (Maoist).
 
The responsibility for the provision of supplies, technologies, expertise, information and other logistic support was also shouldered by the overground activists in urban centres, the official said. Since 2001, altogether 6,956 civilians and 2,517 security personnel have been killed by the CPI (Maoist), according to a government figure. Naxal violence has also caused massive damage to infrastructure and virtually stalled development activities in some parts of the country. Any action against Naxal sympathisers invites the wrath of human rights groups and intellectuals— people who have little idea and information of the actual links and currents of operation between the Maoists and their urban modules. In such complex and relatively high-profile arrests the police always have ample evidence and intelligence inputs before they act. By deriding police action, a section of the people is only usurping the power of the police administration and weakening its importance.
 
 The police have to ensure the security of the people, their leaders and maintaining peace in society. They cannot allow people from the civil society to support a banned organisation and promote their ideology of violence and anti-establishment. These sympathisers are answerable to the people and the government. Understandably the attack on the police action stems from the pathological hate of some proponents of civil liberty against the government’s strong anti-Maoist stand.
 
These messiahs of humanity forget these are the social radicals known as the Maoists who cold-bloodedly murder hundreds of soldiers every year. These poor soldiers, who earn their living by simply honouring the task they are set, living away from family and home in the toughest of conditions, also have human rights! But does anyone care?
 
What social change these do guerillas try to bring by killing innocent people? What have they achieved in the four decades of their ‘struggle’ for power? They have ruined the lives of generations of their own ilk and ravaged the future of the areas they live in by shunning or impeding government’s development projects. The government is not aggressive or impatient. It is giving chance time and again for the youth to come back into the fold of the mainstream and start a new life. The government is going to help them all out in pursuing their dreams.
 
Things are changing. People are shunning violence. In the last 4-5 years, thousands of Maoists have surrendered and their base is weakening as more constructive government projects make way into their lives. People are realising the futility of a lost cause. Who are these urban intellectuals supporting? Violence is a bloody crime and those supporting crime even by ideological assistance are criminals by any measure and merit the same punishment as a criminal deserves. What’s all the brouhaha for? Does being an intellectual or an activist or a professor absolve one of his guilt? Can one’s scholarship or designation be used to shield one’s wrongs?
 
By that yardstick, even Osama Bin Laden was an engineer and he should have been spared and respected! This is an absurd premise the media is trading by playing up some selective quotes of deriders but downplaying the greater issue of Naxal violence and the ways to tackle it. Had the government launched an all-out attack on the Maoists by military action, there would have been a whole bunch of aggrieved intelligentsia baying for its blood. Now that the government has gone soft and only detained some suspects to interrogate them and untangle the links to diffuse the Maoist influence, it is leading to inexplicable heartburn in some. The government must be allowed to do its job. Seeing red and raising hue and cry in every job it does is detrimental to the larger interests of the nation. By supporting some deviating groups, we are only putting the lives of billions in danger. 


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