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Contain the spread of Naxalism

IN his article “Dealing with Naxalites” (April 24), Maj-Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd) convincingly avers that it is the lack of political will which is responsible for the spread of Maoist movement. Its spread beyond the 226 districts of the country’s 630 can be arrested only through greater synergy between the Centre and the states. The problem can no longer be swept under the carpet as it poses the single biggest threat to national security. 

The quintessence of counter-insurgency operations entails a judicious mix of ‘winning the hearts and minds of the people’ and simultaneous use of ‘sledgehammer tactics’ against obdurate insurgents. This calls for comprehensive planning, detailed preparation and very close cooperation/coordination among security forces and the civil administration. 

Accepting the unfortunate Dantewada massacre as a wake-up call, our top political leadership, cutting across party lines, must evolve a common strategy to stem the further spread of Maoist menace without loss of time. After all, we have a rich experience of successfully combating insurgency in many parts of our country during the last six decades.



Practical and useful suggestions have been given in the article. Political shelter to these insurgents must be stopped if any progress is to be made to control the Naxals. Sincere efforts must be made regarding economic upliftment and general development of the affected areas.

Police forces like BSF, CRPF, ITBP and SSB are not properly organised even after many years of existence. BSF should remain on the border to check any inflow of arms, ammunition, explosives and anti-national elements. Gaps are likely to be created when BSF is withdrawn from the border and sent to Naxal affected areas. This situation helps Maoists to re-group and re-arm.

In police units certain percentage of vacancies are fixed for Army personnel and these should be utilised to impart specialised training to the police to enable them perform their duties more efficiently in insurgency prone areas. Battle inoculation is essential for IPS and police officers to remain effective. Proper training, high quality equipment, solid logistical support and high motivation coupled with strong will power will help counter the menace of Maoists. 

S C VAID, Greater Noida


Maj-Gen Mehta (retd) has gone to the root cause of insurgency. The Maoist menace is gaining ground because of soft handling by our indecisive politicians whose minds are deluded by greed for votes and fear of criticism. When the situation goes beyond their control, they try to rationalise by taking shelter behind the principle of use of minimum force against our own people.

The right solution to redress the genuine grievances of the people is use of adequate force, including Army and Air Force, judiciously to bring the situation under control. Military presence in the Naxal affected areas will surely help in training of CRPF and act as a morale booster.

Lt-Col H S GUR (retd), Hisar


I fully agree with the writer that long term strategy and tactics are required to face the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country. In fact, the country is losing the battle against the Maoists.

The insurgency started as a peasant rebellion in the eastern Indian village of Naxalbari in 1967 and has now spread to a large part of central and eastern parts of the country.

In fact, Naxalites claim to be supported by the poorest rural populations especially Dalits and Adivasis. They are highly motivated and trained. They have frequently targeted, 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. 

An internally weakened India will be incapable of effectively dealing with the increasing external terrorist threats. As such, even though the Naxalite movement is an internal security concern, it can have serious consequences for the defence of the country and needs to be dealt with urgently. 

HARISH K MONGA, Ferozepur City

Impractical CBSE guidelines

The guidelines issued by CBSE under the present conditions and circumstances taking into account the load of books, syllabus, curriculum and the system of education appears to be virtually unrealistic and impractical (news report, “Talk less, interact more in class, CBSE tells teachers”, April 23).

Mere 15 minutes’ talk time to the teacher in a 40-minute period is quite insufficient, if the prescribed syllabus has to be covered and completed within available working days.

Genuine efforts need to be made to make this process workable. Views of eminent educationists involving heads of schools and experienced teachers must be taken and the heavy load of books must be reduced considerably. The syllabus and curriculum should be redefined accordingly.

SP BASSI, Nawanshahr



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