Wednesday, October 12, 2005

On a Mission to solve Naxal problem

Wednesday October 12 2005 10:47 IST

SALEPUR: His only aim is to resolve the Naxal problem in the area and he has been working out formulae towards accomplishing it. Eighty-year-old Natabar Pradhan of Heerapur village under Salepur block to utilise his 45 years of experience as a representative of Utkal Navjeevan Mandal, a voluntary organisation of Malati Devi Chaudhury, to resolve the rising Naxal crisis.
The organisation has been serving the tribals in Koraput, Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Ganjam, Balangir, Phulbani and Angul districts.

Unhappy with rising Naxalism in the tribal-dominated districts, Natabar wrote to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently, seeking an appointment to discuss the issue with him.

Pradhan says, the word Naxal is derived from Naxalbadi, the name of a place in Kolkata and the begetter of Naxal Revolution was Charu Majumdar who had snatched away land from landlords and distributed it among the poor farmers. In Orissa, Kunda Master, a teacher of Andhra Pradesh, started the Naxal revolution in 1965.

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