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Centre urged to hold talks with Maoists

Posted by Admin on October 19, 2009

statementVinay Kumar

NEW DELHI: Citizens’ Initiative for Peace has urged the Centre to begin a dialogue with the outlawed CPI (Maoist). In the wake of the reports that the government has launched a major offensive against naxalites in some States, it felt that in such conditions the real issues that concern the people — food security, land and forest rights, education, health and justice — will be relegated to the background.

It demanded that the government stop the offensive in the areas where the CPI (Maoist) and other naxalite parties are active in order to facilitate a ceasefire. It urged the naxalite parties to cease all hostilities against the State forces to facilitate a ceasefire.

In a statement here on Sunday, the Initiative demanded free access for independent civil organisations and media to the affected areas. It said people’s basic needs must be addressed urgently.

Members of the Initiative include Rabi Ray, Rajindar Sachar, Mahasweta Devi, Rajni Kothari, Ajit Bhattacharjea, Binayak Sen, Shabnam Hashmi, Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, Sumit Chakravartty, K.G. Kannabiran, Muchkund Dubey, Kuldeep Nayar and Nandini Sundar.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has already indicated that the government was ready to hold talks with CPI (Maoist) and other naxalite parties provided they gave up violence. The Hindu

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