Guys, Girls and all other people who think that terrorism from Pakistan is the biggest threat to the sovereignty of our nation – THINK AGAIN! Naxals or Maoists who are a group of far-left radical communists, supportive of Maoist political sentiment and ideology control approximately 220 districts in twenty states of India accounting for about 40 percent of India’s geographical area, They are especially concentrated in an area known as the “Red corridor”, where they control 92,000 square kilometers.
The rebels claim to operate in 182 districts in India, mainly in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The area affected by Naxalism stretches from the border with Nepal to Karnataka in the South (2006). In West Bengal areas west of Howrah are affected by the insurgency. Chhattisgarh is the epicentre of the conflict (2007).
Areas governed by the elected Communist Party of India (Marxist) in India such as West Bengal, specifically those of Jangalmahal and Lalgarh, are some of the worst affected by anti-state violence by Maoist terrorists who cite the accumulation of unaccounted wealth in hands of CPI-M leaders and specific failure to counter problems they were elected to address such as caste discrimination and poverty.
The Naxal insurgency started as a peasant rebellion in the eastern Indian village of Naxalbari in 1967 and has now spread to a large swath in the central and eastern parts of the country. In 2004 the Maoist rebel organisation People’s War Group and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merged to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Naxalites claim to be supported by the poorest rural populations, especially Dalits and Adivasis. They encourage conversion of backward class Hindus to Christianity and have killed Hindus who resist Christian missionary activities. They have frequently targeted tribals, police and government workers in what they say is a fight for improved land rights and more jobs for neglected agricultural labourers and the poor and follow a strategy of rural rebellion similar to that of protracted people’s war against the government.
Many self defense forces like Fear Vikas, Green Tigers, Nalladandu, Red Tigers, Tirumala Tigers, Palnadu Tigers, Kakatiya Cobras, Narsa Cobras, Nallamalla Nallatrachu (Cobras) and Kranthi Sena have emerged in Andhra Pradesh over the decade. Salwa Judum which is pro – government and anti – Maoist was constituted after the Maoists unleashed a campaign of violence against the tribals of Chattisgarh. But as usual as things happen in our country, it had to be stopped due to a campaign by so called “HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS”.
There is a strong correlation between areas with extensive coal resources and impact of the insurgency. Naxalites conduct detailed socio-economic surveys before starting operations in a target area. If we see they target small towns, tehsils and villages where even the basic facilities are not provided. You wouldn’t even see a minister visiting anyone of these places. The guerilla warfare tactics which they have mastered over the years make them one of them most potent forces ever. There was a time when the government used to think that these people fight with bows and arrows but it’s not the same anymore by some distance. Due to this, they have easily managed to overpower the CRPF (Central Reserve Paramilitary Force) be it in Dantewada or in Silda or anywhere else.
The biggest problem of all which this fight faces is inefficient reporting by our media and lack of importance being given to it by our ministers. Until 1-2 years back, to tell you the truth, even I didn’t have any idea about this struggle. And to think of it, it has been on from the past 43 yrs! All our media concentrates on is the threat from the innumerable terrorist groups Pakistan supports or the nuclear deal with US and things like that. What about our internal security? Does anyone care? First and foremost, the government should work to stop the money and support these people are getting be it from politicians or outside the country and then comes other measures like Operation Green Hunt or talks. With the Naxals having arms and ammunition, they can do anything.
The Maoists have warned that they will soon attack cities. We are soon reaching a point where we may be forced to attack our own people like in Sri Lanka or Pakistan? Will we have to do that? Only time will tell!
THE BUCK DOESNT STOP BY MAKING STATEMENTS OF DOING THIS AND DOING THAT! ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AS THE SAYING GOES!!!