Maoists: India’s Biggest Threat

Box Populi

Much has been said and written about the terror and the threats India face from militant outfits. Our politicos have been gung-ho about how India has been effective when it comes to averting terror strikes post 26/11.

But, our leaders have totally ignored the threat that we face from within, i.e., the menace we have been facing from the advocates of Maoism who are in the process of replicating China's infamous 'Cultural Revolution' in India. In spite of regular attacks by Kisenji and Co, Indian politicos are paying no heed to the Maoist menace.

What is more shocking was that after the Dantewada attack that killed at least 44 people near Dantewada, Home minister P Chidambaram made fresh offers to hold talks with Naxals if they suspended violence even for just 72 hours and said that there is a need to re-visit the anti-Maoist policy.

But, why is the Indian state taking so long to take a stand against the Maoists who have gone on a killing spree and it does not matter to them who they are killing or abducting? Our leaders say that the use of air power and armed forces to wipe out the Naxals would not be fair as it would amount to deploying force against your own citizens.

But is the government not doing the same when it comes to Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states like Manipur and Nagaland?

Our leaders claim that use of force against Naxals is not a feasible option, but if they turn back the pages of history they will spot several instances wherein the Indian government has used force to quell a movement.

The government of India bombed the city of Aizawl with 'Toofani' and 'Hunter' jet fighters  on 5th and 6th of March 1966 to crush the people's movement of achieving sovereign independence of Greater Mizoram. This was the first time that India had used its air force to quell a movement of any kind among its citizens.

When India could do this in 1966 to quash a people's movement, why can't the government use the armed forces to comb the jungles of Jharkhand, which has now become the safest haven for the Naxals?

Our leaders are so paranoid with Pakistan that they refuse to equate the threat posed by Naxals with that of the 'jihadis'. We all agree that terror strikes have claimed many innocent lives in India but post 26/11 we have had only one major terror attack, which claimed 14 lives and injured 60. Our government has effectively, with international support, managed to avert many attempts by terrorist organisations to disrupt the nation's peace.

However, compared to this, post 26/11, the Maoists have been running amok and have been on a killing spree as they don't face any challenge from our government to thwart their attempts.

The statistics so far are enough to give the Indian government a wake-up call that their policies to tackle the Maoist menace have failed miserably and they need a drastic overhaul in their plan if the government has to resolve this issue.

For this to happen, the Indian state first has to accept that Maoists are a threat to the people of the nation and if not tackled sternly, then the death toll would rise to humongous proportions in the near future. Without immediate intervention, internal strife could well be the cause of India's biggest tragedy yet.