Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Naxalism: The danger within

The Naxal movement is targeted at the government. It has joined hands with Pakistan?s security agency, the ISI, to destabilise India, their common goal. Unemployed youngsters fall prey to the Naxals since starvation is a serious alternative..

CJ: Richa Dwivedi,

THE NAXALS are a communist group, an outcome of the Sino-Soviet split, at the height of the Indian communist movement. In the first few years of its birth, the group remained confined to the jungles of West Bengal. Underground activities of organisations like the Communist Party of India (Maoist) supported them and thus helped them spread their tentacles into the remote areas of Central and Eastern India, particularly Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. They have been agitating against the Indian government for the past 50 years. The Naxals are scattered across an area accounting for 40 per cent of our land. 20,000 insurgents are currently involved in the Naxal movement.

In recent years, the activities of Naxals have increased manifold, mainly in eastern India. The government of India reckons that the Naxal movement is being aided by the Pakistani security agency, ISI, to enable it to carry out anti-national activities in the country and thus destabilise it.

Asinine though it is, the Naxals may have joined hands with the Islamic terrorist movement in India, since they share with it the ideology of vitiating the country’s peace.

The most unfortunate part of it all is that the youth of the country are being influenced by the Naxal ideology and as a result, involve themselves in the Naxal movement. Some of the main reasons for this are the growing problems of unemployment and poverty. The Naxalites have money to offer to youngsters, the prime need of the latter in this hour and as a result, the movement gains strength.

The problem does not end here. Naxalism is a growing menace in the country and poses a greater threat than the terrorist organisations from across the border. The looting and killing in the polling booths during the recent Lok Sabha election shows the intensity of their activities. Serious efforts have to be made to curb this movement before it cripples the very survival of democracy in India.

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