Monday, December 28, 2009
Dare not axe the Naxals.
Over the course of history, we have learnt that the moment you push a civilization to the brink and neglect them of all their needs and drive them to oppression they are far often left with no choice but to take up arms and rebel for their existence. As a measure of last resort they are freedom liberators fighting for recognition. Fighting for survival.
The Naxal movement started in Naxalbari, West Bengal. The villagers of Naxalbari were largely tribals and were people who were oppressed and disregarded by the government. They were constantly ignored and their needs not addressed. Land owners and ministers paid little heed to the pitiable conditions of the village. It all started with the decapitation of landlords by the rebel villagers after unfair and unjust means adopted by these landlords. Soon the movement drew inspiration from many villagers and captured the imagination of various poor people across the country. People joined the ‘uprising’ in hordes and today Naxalism is the biggest internal threat India faces. It has spread to roughly 20 states and is increasing by the day. If the government does not take adequate measures to curb their stupendous growth, we all have a reason to fear.
One has to understand the uprising of Naxalism. These are people who have been deprived of their basic needs. Today, many villagers support the Naxal movement as their needs are addressed; the moment a minister is kidnapped or even better, decapitated. If your needs have to be addressed it has become obligatory to make some noise and the Naxals did just that. In the eyes of the villagers Naxals are law enforcers and champions in advocating their rights. In a way, I feel proud that such an uprising can occur in India; which means that there is a democracy to voice out your opinions but the moment such an uprising resorts to violence, state sponsored killings becomes a just cause. Or does it?
The debate now can be whether the government should use military force to kill these radicals or engage in talks with them to resolve the issue. For if the government were to kill these people, all one is doing is give more conviction to their ideology that violence is the only means to answer their needs. It is a very fragile situation and the government needs to proceed with caution and care.
It is admirable that the government has accepted that the rise of Naxalism is due to poverty and negligence from the part of the government. They are no more labeled terrorist or extremists but citizens of the country crying out loud for basic amenities.
OPERATION GREEN HUNT
No we are not talking about Copenhagen or effective measures of any substance taken by the government to avert the climate change crisis. India by far has been indifferent towards these issues. We might not be the worst polluters as compared to China or the US but a little more concern and application would’ve been well received. More on it later.
Operation Green hunt is the name given to a separate force concerned with the eradication of Naxals. The mission plainly put, is to destroy these insurgents once in for all. The manner in which the security forces are carrying out this operation has to be noted.
PLEASE NOTE: The following information will never appear in mainstream media as the media by far and large is controlled and curbed. The following are eye witnesses of the incidents:
1.Gachanpalli murders: In the early hours of 17th September, 6 villagers were murdered by security forces in this village. Dudhi Muye (70 yrs) who could hardly walk was murdered after her breasts were cut off. Family members who had fled the scene on seeing the security forces, found her lying dead in a pool of blood. Similarly, Kawasi Ganga (70 yrs) who could barely see was stabbed and murdered in his bed. He too was found by his family members who had fled from the house and had taken shelter in the forest. Madvi Deva (25 yrs) was tied to a tree and shot at three times and then beheaded. His grandfather who was accompanying him back to the village was a witness to this. The family hasn’t found his body. Three other villagers, Madvi Joga (60 yrs), Madvi Hadma (35 yrs) and Madkam Sulla were stabbed and murdered. The last two were killed in front of one witness, the wife of Madkam Sulla. Madvi Joga was killed after being stripped naked while ploughing his little plot of land. All the houses were ransacked, broken and burnt down. Family members are either living in sheds in the forests or have taken shelter with relatives. Many others have also taken similar shelter as their houses were burnt down by the security forces.
2.Gompad “encounter”: SP Dantewada described the operations in Gompad village on 1st October as an `encounter’. An encounter with a difference: while 9 villagers were killed by security forces in the village and their bodies were left there, no casualties were inflicted on security forces. This too the SP confirmed. 4 members of one family, Madvi Bajar, his wife, Madvi Subbi, their married daughter, Kartam Kanni and their young daughter, Madvi Mutti were stabbed and killed inside house. So too were two other villagers from Bhandarpadar, Muchaki Handa and Madkam Deva, who were staying the night over at Madvi Bajar’s house on their way home from Andhra Pradesh where they had been working. Another couple, Soyam Subba and Soyam Jogi were stabbed and killed inside their house. Yet another villager, Madvi Enka was stabbed inside the house and then dragged all over the village. Before leaving the village, the security forces shot him and left his body. All 9 deaths, like the ones on 17th September, were preceded by stabbing and the bodies were left in the village. When the team asked the SP about recovery of bodies from the encounter site, the SP stated that Naxalites had “taken them away”.
These are a few examples of how the security forces are carrying out their operations. If this does not stop it will only escalate the violence and result in Naxals getting angered by the injustice met towards them. It is indeed hard to believe the complete lack of apathy and a malignant attitude shown by the government.