Naxalites v/s Government: Which Side Are You On?

Posted on February 25, 2010

Saurav Kumar:

Naxalites’ activities have recently surged leaving the entire government machinery and the common man into such a blatant state that it has become difficult to carve out an effective solution. Carving out a solution to such a problem is indeed very challenging; and what makes it so challenging is the side we are on ! I have figured out two such sides — (i) Government , and (ii) Naxalites .

I can find the entire nation standing on either of the two sides, no third viewpoint, differing so much in their views, reasons and strategies. Let’s first talk about the Naxalites. Naxalites have always been considered as a group of leftist sociopaths who do not stand with the government and its machinery, and sought out their own way of handling things. Their anti-government and anti-bourgeoisie radical views have created a great political and social turmoil and a consistent uproarious environment in the past, and now we are again facing the same. Ideological differences in the context relating to the interests of common man, especially of the lower class, have set grounds for such clashes.

Naxalist movement was started in order to dilute the social and economical differences that had adverse effects in the upliftment of lower classes. During that time, lower classes were exploited by the uppers seeking profits and social domination.

When Britishers withdrew, the society was driven by bourgeoisie (upper-class) and the government’s plans were made in total agreement with them. This worsened the situation where a large part of profits were bagged by them, leaving lower working class in a pitiful state. India at that time was in its attempt to get up from economic stagnance, and therefore a large number of plans and proposals were promoting economic profits over others goals. Considering
economic-changes in USSR , parts of Europe and China; where Socialism and Communism, with the goal of serving each section of the society, had settled ground; there came an inspiration, willing to change the entire set-up. This tragic melodrama continued and it ultimately waved the anger within them. Having no option left to them they went aggresive and started targeting all such bodies which supported economic advancement at the cost of lower classes’ interests.

I should now be talking about the government machinery being always an antagonist. One cannot deny the fact that the time when India was merely an adolescent (independence), there was an urgent call for economic progress, failing which might have brought danger to its integrity. During that time our economic plans were mostly pro-British (we also shared similarity in almost everything ), and therefore it was conspicuous that they were not so beneficial to the lower classes of the society as compared to the extent they managed to help boost our economy (For instance think how fast a pro-capitalist economy advances as compared to a socialist or a communist economy!). Talking about the present scenario, I definitely criticise the bloodshed and the havoc created in those naxalite-affected zones turning fragile day-by-day. I call for an effective negotiation to be made foreseeing the political, economical and ideological consensus.

After all it is an inside matter, and therefore it needs to be addressed with utmost concern if we are looking forward to a better India. I condemn the retaliatory action of State government agencies with the goal to exterminate them through “Operation Red” and “Operation Green-Hunt”… As an intellect and as a pacifist, I do not see these decimating steps as a solution to it. Rather I would like to remind government agencies that no war has ever resolved any dispute, it has only smothered the anger within… the anger which would again come out at some point of time… might be intensified ! Who knows?

Pick the side you are on !

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