Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What did Chidambaram do in Kolkata?

17 Feb 2010, 0653 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Centre and Congress appear to be perfecting the art of buck passing. While the Centre said that the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR)

was not adequately trained or prepared to meet the Maoist challenge, Congress said since law and order is a state subject, it was West Bengal’s responsibility.

The two explanations are unlikely to wash as it was only on February 9 that home minister P Chidambaram travelled to Kolkata to review the Lalgarh as well as inter-state operations across four states including West Bengal. The preparedness of the forces was obviously the key issue at the meeting. Given this, it is quite bizarre that the Centre did not point out EFR’s inadequacies in taking on Naxals. Anxious to fend off charges that the Centre is not in control of the situation, the home ministry gave several explanations for the massacre at Midnapore.

Congress, which followed suit, said law and order was a state subject. “The state government should be more vigilant as law and order is their primary responsibility,” Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said. Congress also said the state and the Centre should work in tandem to meet the Maoist threat.

Meanwhile, Mr Chidambaram lashed out at the benefactors of Naxalites in the ‘civil rights’ corner and said it was time that they broke silence over terror unleashed by Red thugs. “I know that the overwhelming majority in this country will condemn the mindless violence unleashed by CPI (Maoist) and will support the careful, controlled and calibrated efforts being taken by the central and state governments to put an end to the violence.

However, I would like to hear the voices of condemnation of those who have, erroneously, extended intellectual and material support to CPI (Maoist). It is only if the whole country rejects the preposterous thesis of the CPI (Maoist) and condemns the so-called “armed liberation struggle” that we can put an end to the menace of Naxalism and bring development and progress to the people in the conflict zones,” Mr Chidambaram said in a statement.

Mr Chidambaram is not off the mark as not a peep has been heard from the civil rights alarmists who flood TV studios and other available fora to vent their anger against the police. On his part, the home minister described the attack as yet another attempt banned organisation to “overawe the established authority in the state”.

1 comment:

Ruchi said...

How about we look at the vandalistic activities happening in Kolkata?
See this video!