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Fight Maoists in many ways

The article “Threats from Maoists” (July 1) by Gen. V. P. Malik (retd) has minutely and intelligently analysed the internal security vulnerability of the Indian state, necessitating a comprehensive multi-pronged centre-state strategy to fight the Maoists. The Lalgarh story began with police atrocities and high-handedness in the form of indiscriminate raids and arrests after the Maoist bid on the life of the chief minister in November 2008, leading to the formation of a People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA).

The tribal people long subjected to neglect, destitution, exploitation by contractors, the CPM cadres and the police rose up in revolt under the ideological guidance and support of Maoists. Over three decades of the CPM governance characterised by totalitarian power with no avenues of redressal added fuel to the fire.

I strongly feel that Lalgarh is all about failure of democratic promises. Hence any solution to the Maoist threats must be based on energising democratic processes and politics. As rightly suggested, it should include employment, land reforms and effective governance along with fair law and order machinery.

Only then the armed struggle will not appear as an attractive option to the frustrated, deprived and marginalised people of the area. Repression or attempts to physically eliminate the Maoists will only produce more Maoists.


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The article has clearly highlighted the necessity for evolving a comprehensive and mutually agreed policy based on complete understanding between the states and the Centre to tackle the ever-increasing threat to our national security; which has now assumed alarming proportions. 

Ever since Independence, law and order being a state subject has remained neglected due to petty-politics and rivalry among the political parties. Thus, what had started on an insignificant note in Naxalbari in the sixties has today spread to over 180 districts in the country, threatening the very existence of our nation.

It is high time the government took a serious note of this ever-increasing threat and put in place all necessary steps to eliminate the scourge from the Maoist-infested areas. The time-tested methods of successfully fighting counter-insurgency operations comprise winning over the hearts and minds of the affected people. In addition, as rightly suggested in the article, we must immediately tighten all security measures. Providing the Army instructors to train central police forces is an admirable and a practical proposition. There is an urgent need to implement the police reforms, improve governance in the affected areas and fight all anti-national forces on a war footing.


Failed state

The creation of Pakistan since 1947 has time and again proved a failure. K Subrahmanyam’s article “Zardari’s obfuscation” (June 29) is not only an eye-opener for India but also for the US which uses Pakistan for its own interests.

Whatever Mr Asif Zardari says is irrelevant. What really matters for the US is what he wants to do with this failed state, now a dangerous menace not only for India but the whole world.


Property cases

Property-related crimes are increasing day by day. Jai Bhagwan, a resident of Samchana village in Rohtak district, allegedly hacked his two brothers to death with a spade while they were sleeping at their home recently. On the same day, Rajender, a resident of Kheri Damkan village near Gohana, allegedly killed his father and brother with a sharp weapon. Both crimes are property-related disputes.

To stop these incidents, the governments should provide employment opportunities and impart professional skills to the rural youth.


Tackling terror

The people of the world must believe that now Pakistan shall root out terrorism from its territories. At the same time India must also learn a lesson from Pakistan. Terrorism in any shape or form should not be allowed to develop because ultimately it damages the unity and integrity of the country. India is facing a grave danger from terrorism. So we must introspect and identify terrorist units functioning in India. We must also prevail upon countries that are sponsoring terror in our country.


Reforming education 

It is heartening to note that the new Union HRD Minister, Mr Kapil Sibal, wants to reform the education system. But he seems to be in a tearing hurry. It appears as if he is under “examination” stress and under considerable duress to perform within the 100-days.

Making Class X examination optional is not a feasible solution. Instead, initiatives should be taken to modify the syllabus so that the students hone their learning skills. Examinations are the lifeline of education.

Rather than doing away with exams, teachers should use innovative methods and ideas to make learning interesting and fun-filled. If a mirror shows a black spot on the face, the remedy lies in removing the black spot and not in breaking the mirror.




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