Saturday, April 17, 2010

Marxism: Biggest threat to the country?

The recent brutal attacks on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) militia by Maoists in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on April 6th, 2010 has left the country shocked and shaken. Maoists killed more than seventy five CRPF security personnel and sn

CJ: Ritika Arora Sun, Apr 18, 2010 09:44:18 IST

THE RECENT brutal attacks on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) militia by Maoists in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on April 6th, 2010 has left the country shocked and shaken. Maoists killed more than seventy five CRPF security personnel and snatched away their arms and weapons too. This is not the first time that Maoists have attacked the innocent civilians or security personnel but the recent attack has put the government in a tight corner.

Naxals believe in Marxist- Leninist ideologies and principles. These ideologies extol violence to seize political power. There are more than fifty five thousand highly trained Maoists who are mainly spread across the state of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. They operate in dense forests, which are ideally suited place to carry out guerilla warfare. Though Marxists are illiterate and one of the most backward classes in the society but they are highly motivated and trained people. They posses a number of high quality weapons and arms that also include the ones snatched away from Indian security force.

According to the Prime Minister Maoist violence is the biggest threat to the internal security in the country.

Marxism originated with the Naxalbari movement which started in 1967 but it’s an uphill task to identify the root cause of Marxism. Is it the negligence of government towards the foreign terror groups that has brainwashed them? Whatever the reason may be but the bitter truth is that thousands of people are strongly committed to take over the government in coming years either by hook or by crook with the seious issue of Naxalism staying at a standstill.

According to me, naxals are neglected lots who have been deprived of basic amenities over the years. They are poor illiterate masses who don’t even know the name of the place they live in; they are deprived of food, education, shelter and other basic necessities. They have been living in dense forests over the years. Their outrage, anger and fury have set them against the government. They kill innocent civilians, security personnel, destroy or demolish public property just to show that they are no way inferior to the powerful people. They try to prove that they are no less and can out do the government by creating atrocities or violence.

Although our government authorities have started various poverty allevation programs like National rural employment guarantee act (NREGP), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and several others the welfare of Maoists or tribal’s remain unattended leaving them unaware of such developmental programs. There is a need to focus on the needs and desires of the people who are socially and economically backward. The authorities should work for their social and economic development and also focus on improving the standards of living of such people. They are a neglected lot and seek for an immediate attention from the government. We also have to accept the fact that Maoists are highly motivated people and are totally against the government.

It’s absolutely an uphill task to end Naxalbari movement that emerged way long back in 1967. But it’s high time now that effective steps need be taken to stop them from committing more human slaughter. Government can set up effective security measures in the areas where Maoists have their roots.

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