We have disconcerting news every day from eastern states of Bihar. Chhattisgarh and Bengal that thee Maoists are attacking and killingpara military personnel with impunity.There are also reports of the mutilation of the dead bodies of the jawans. Home Minister Chidambaram has stated some time back that the attack shows the savage nature of the Maoists. But the same home minister had also stated that the Army would not be involved and tanks and guns will not be used against our 'own people'.
The naivety of the statements of the home minister shows his poor knowledge in the technicalities of fightingan insurgency. Here is a life and death struggle and the HM talks of not using full force.
The bane of India is the lack of decisive leadership. Right from the time of Nehru the Indian state has never asserted itself with the result that insurrections and fissiparous tendencies have had a field day. The Naga insurgency is on for the last 50 years and Tripura and other states are also in a grip of terrorists and local militia. It will beat the imagination of anyone how a population of just 200,000 can defy a nation of 1.2 billion!
The Naxal Maoist insurrection is however the more serious as it is in the heart of India. The central government has allowed this insurgency to surface. This Maoist revolt has large scale popular support. The reasons are simple and straight forward
a) Land reforms have not been implemented and tribal land is usurped by people
b) No worthwhile industry or irrigation projects have been completed in these areas. While India makes aircrafts at Bangalore and there is massive development in Mumbai the tribal areas have remained where they were a hundred years back.
c) Basic amenities like drinking water and schools are no where to be seen. Infrastructure is poor and roads and rail non existent.The Indian state made a double rail line from Mumbai to Amritsar while the tribal still travel by foot.
The above is not to condone the violence unleashed by the Maoists. But we must get to the genesis of the problem, for than only we can have a solution to this problem.There is no doubt that these rebels draw their inspiration from the Philosophy of the Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung and have covert support of China. But the fact remains that as things stand th eMaoist menace has to be crushed -for only then can the development projects be launched.
Pious statements can have no meaning. For the development projects to take off the Maoist have to be annihilated. Maximum fire power supplemented by Air operations can only subdue the Maoist. Kid glove treatment may encourage this menace to grow and supported by the Chinese dragon may well mark the end of the Indian state. It is no laughing matter.