MAOISTS ----- SINNED OR SINNED AGAINST
The killing of nineteen maoists have been reported by the media as if it is a victory in a war against foreign aggression. ( Media report on 30th June,2012) The Home Minister has said that it was a carefully planned operation and he has not thought it necessary to express any regrets about the killings of the maoists who are fellow Indians.
Many people think that while the methods of maoists in taking to violence are unacceptable, still the maoists have the support of the poor people living in extremely tough poverty conditions and exploited by several sections. Without such support of the poor people, maoists cannot carry out their operations and the government should understand this. Probably, the poor people think that maoists give them a ray of hope in otherwise oppressive conditions.
The government cannot defeat maoists by killing them,as for everyone killed, there would be at least ten more people from the poorer sections of the society who would be willing to face the bullet of the government forces.
The ministers, politicians and bureaucrats lack credibility and are living in luxury with ill gotten income, which has become an eyesore for the suffering poor people. They are suspected to be colluding with the dishonest business houses and are themselves indulging in corrupt practices. Under such circumstances, they do not have the courage to face the poor people and interact with them without police escort.It is a familiar scene now to see the ministers always moving in public places with number of gun wielding police men to protect them and the politicians even at the level of panchayat members and municipal councillors having body guards.
Many people think that the strengthening of maoist movement in the country is the direct result of dishonesty and corruption in government and increasing disparity in income and opportunities between different sections of the society.
Great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Vinobha Bhave would have straight away walked into the maoist camps without any escort to find solutions to the issues and create confidence amongst the suffering poor people. In the process, if they were to be killed, they would have willingly sacrificed their lives for the sake of the cause.
To defeat the maoist movement, it is absolutely necessary to have ministers and bureaucrats in charge of governments who are known for honesty of purpose and fairness in dealings and who would enjoy the confidence of the poorer sections of the society. Where are they in the government ?
Nandini Voice for The Deprived