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SALUTE TO THE INDIAN SOLDIER

Jun 18, 2013 Publisher: Maroof Raza

The merciless massacre at Bastar took place because we are yet not ready to treat the Maoists as a combatant force fully capable of waging an armed conflict. Despite several statements by the Prime Minister naming the Maoist movement as the biggest internal security threat to india, there is no indication that the states look at it, any thing more than a law and order issue. and that is why politicos were allowed to traipse around in a recognized war zone without an organized protection plan whilst many in the local police establishment publicly acknowledged that it was Maoist territory. it was as if, indian nationals ought not to enter this zone without obtaining a permit or a visa.

Worse has been to ascribe the Maoists attack to a simple act of revenge against party leader Mahendra karma for his alleged wrong doings under the salwa Judum campaign. Banned by india’s supreme Court subsequently, this campaign not only had received whole hearted support of the current state Government but the regime had also appointed nearly 4000 youth as special Police Officers (sPOs) whilst arming them with antiquated Lee Enfield .303 rifles. Whilst the courts had struck down the salwa Judum only on the grounds of it being unconstitutional, military experts lived with deep fears of the likely massacre of the salwa Judum activists at the hands of the Maoists due to thesheer imbalance in the asymmetry of fire power between them.

the well trained ruthless Maoists have evolved from a radical tradition going back to preindependence. they were an expertly trained group armed with automatic weapons including assault rifles snatched from the security forces and smuggled across the border. Presenting themselves as a radical ideologue group amongst its milieu and even forging profound intellectual bonds with liberal thinkers, the Maoists had publicly professed seizing power by the barrel of the gun. But unfortunately, many in india could not accept the utterl


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