India is “losing battle Maoist”
Posted by Admin on September 16, 2009
The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said his country is losing the battle against Maoist rebels.M. Singh told a meeting of chiefs of police of different states that the rebel violence is increasing the appeal of the Maoists has been growing.
The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of the poor.They operate in a wide band of territory in central India, and parts have virtually replaced the local government. More than 6,000 people were killed during their 20-year fight for a communist state.
“I always felt that in many respects, left-wing extremism is probably the most serious threat to internal security of our country is facing,” Mr Singh told a conference of leaders Police in the Indian capital, Delhi.
“We have discussed over the last five years and I must say frankly that we did not get as successful as we would like to contain this threat.”The Prime Minister said that despite all efforts by the government, Maoist violence in areas affected by the rising.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that the Maoists had increased use among a large part of Indian society, including tribal communities, the rural poor as well as sections of the intelligentsia and youth. M. Singh said that a more sensitive approach was needed to deal with the Maoists.
“Dealing with extremism on the left requires a nuanced strategy – a holistic approach. It can not be treated as a matter of law and order.” The rebels operate in 182 districts of India, mainly in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
In some regions, they have virtually replaced the local government and are able to mount spectacular attacks on government facilities. The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless workers.