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Home Ministers response to Naxals

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on February 17, 2008

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.

From the transcripts of Devils Advocate on CNN-IBN

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.

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  1. realitycheck said, on February 17, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Add this gem from the Defence Minister Mr A K Antony.

    “I am totally opposed to Army being moved against Naxal elements”, Defence Minister A K Antony said, adding “Army cannot be used against everything….the forces are already coming in aid of civil authorities”.

    Can Police forces in any country counter military style attacks ? Are they trained in the required offensive maneuvers ? Do they have the same command and control as the military ?

    Besides, Mr Antony – what work is the military involved in currently that is more important ?

  2. Barbarindian said, on February 18, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Shivraj Patil sounded like a geriatric Government office clerk in the meeting. He obstinately refused to answer questions and address issues Karan was bringing up. Everything was about him and as he saw fit. Perhaps this is why India has been such a dismal failure in countering internal and external threats in recent times. Unfortunately for him, “threats” by definition do no see the world in your way and do not want to play on your terms. That’s why they are “threats”.

    Watching this squirming fuddy daddy wasn’t amusing, just sad.

  3. VJ said, on February 26, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    comedy time 🙂

    shivraj patil is a dork!

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