Home Ministers response to Naxals
What would be screaming headlines for months in other countries is about to pass without a blip in India. Here is what happened :
Short version : Naxals conquered police stations in the heart of India and managed to hold territory for a few hours before making a tactical retreat. Fifteen cops were killed while offering little or no resistance.
Long version : The biggest ever Maoist attack in Orissa, hundreds of armed guerrillas stormed Nayagarh town, barely 90 km from Bhubaneswar, and overran three police stations and two outposts on Friday night. Altogether, 13 police personnel and two civilians were killed in the attack that lasted over four hours and completely exposed the lack of preparedness of the local police despite similar operations in the past in Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.
The Naxals looted two armouries and walked off with impunity, having met no resistance. They took with them enough arms and ammunition, including light machine guns and standard army-issue assault rifles to fight a full-scale war. They drove off in a bus that they had hijacked. Source TOI
Today Mr. Shivraj Patil – the Indian Home minister was on Devils Advocate. In true congress style, he was highlighting that only three states had problems. These are non Congress ruled of course. Andhra Pradesh, in his view is excellent. Apparently allowing the naxals to regroup has not had any adverse impact on them.
Does he really appreciate the nature of this ? :
Shivraj Patil: I also said it – that if anybody dies, we should be worried. If there is bloodshed taking place we should be worried. And that is if he is cautioning the people to help the activity of the government and the entire society the violence of the entire society to control the violence and bloodshed and terrorism, he’s not wrong. But you can’t have his minister contradicting his statement taking out of context one sentence here, one sentence there.
Naxalism is not simply violence. It is not simply bloodshed and terrorism either. No, “we are worried when anyone gets killed” is not an appropriate answer. This is a more fundamental security threat. It has got to do with the monopoly over the use of force. People get killed, bombs explode, terrorism happens in all countries. Sir, this is different.