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Ravana’ PC goes up in Maoist flames

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2009

RANCHI: First it was a flying shoe which missed him by a hair’s breadth and now he’s burning in the flames of rebel ire. As Union home minister, P Chidambaram is used to these missiles and expressions of loathing. But then Dussehra showcased how deep ran the anti-PC feelings in rebel bastions.

When the country was busy celebrating Durga Puja, the festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, villagers in the "liberated zones" of the state were treated to a "Ravan dahan" of a different kind.

Armed cadres of the CPI (Maoists) burnt an effigy of Chidambaram as Ravana of modern times. Not only this, the destruction of the effigy was given full honours in their style by firing in the air and with shouts of: "Long live the revolution!" And all this just a couple of days after the home minister visited the state capital on September 25 reiterating the government’s anti-Maoist offensive in the state. "If the government is announcing a major offensive against us, our men, including villagers, should be prepared for the war," Maoist sources told tnn.

The effigy burning took place in the presence of CPI Maoist Bihar Jharkhand North Chhatisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) members which has its headquarters in Jharkhand. Prior to this, Maoists also participated in the Durga Puja festivities by involving residents of at least five villages.

The festive days also saw the screening of B R Chopra’s mega serial Mahabharata for five days, with a special emphasis on episodes related to Krishna’s sermons on dharma yuddh (interpreted as war for righteousness) to Arjuna.

A small tent was set up, television and video CD player were arranged along with sound boxes and villagers lapped up the experience with alacrity. Since this was part of the nine-day Durga Puja celebrations, the Left extremists had also made arrangements for food. Sweets were also distributed among villagers in an obvious show of the rebels giving in to the festive spirit although by Left standards they are not supposed to observe rituals as they are atheists.

In fact, the young generation recruits took leave during the festival to visit their native places and also participate in the celebrations. Some of the mobile cadres were also given the liberty to invite their wives and children to their hideouts to spend the festive days with their family. It was a clever way of turning the festivities to their advantage. "Last year, they screened Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana," said a villager. TOI

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