Saturday, January 26, 2008

Salwa Judum is second independence movement: Narasimhan

Press Trust Of India
Raipur, January 26, 2008
First Published: 15:51 IST(26/1/2008)
Last Updated: 15:56 IST(26/1/2008)

Chhattisgarh Governor ESL Narasimhan on Saturday said that 'Salwa Judum', the anti-Naxal operation is the second independence movement launched by the tribals of the state to save democracy.

Unfurling the tri-colour, the Governor saluted the impressive ceremonial parade in Raipur in the Police Parade Ground, and said the salute was to honour the Salwa Judum (meaning 'Peace Campaign' in tribal dialect), which transformed into a torch from a small light, enlightening minds.

"Salwa Judum will be imprinted in history as a success against the violent elements," he said.

The villagers have also unleashed the movement in the tribal areas of Bastar region of the state to save democracy, the Governor said, adding the sacrifice of the people involved in it would not go waste.

It was also the duty of not only the government but also of all the people to increase the morale of those involved in Salwa Judum to counter Naxalism, he said.

Started on June 5, 2005, the villagers of Dantewada district raised their voice against the Naxal violence and with the active support of the state BJP government, the movement later spread to other areas creating a difficult situation for the Left-wing extremists.

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