Maoism: Army is not the answer: Bardhan
Posted by Admin on October 10, 2009
Taking strong exception to the government move to deploy the armed forces to fight Maoists, Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A.B. Bardhan said only police and paramilitary forces should be used.
“The Army is not the answer. The defence forces have a very specific role. Using the Army against our own people is unacceptable. It will set a bad precedent,” the veteran leader told a ‘meet-the-press’ programme organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists Trust here on Friday.
Mr. Bardhan said that “without any equivocation” his party fully disapproved of what the Maoists were doing. “We have enough ways in our parliamentary system to change even governments. The brutal killing of a police inspector and other acts of violence by the Maoists were most inhuman and dastardly acts,” he added.
Mr. Bardhan said the socio-economic context in which the Maoist violence took place and their tactics should also be taken into account when handling the issue. Even after 62 years of freedom, the government had not done anything in areas like Bastar and Gadchiroli where people lived in abject poverty and deprivation.The Hindu