21 June, 2021

Maoists Are No Maoris!

Salwa Judum is an indigenous answer to the imported problem of Maoism

Sandeep Adhwaryu
Maoists Are No Maoris!
In Chhattisgarh, the Salwa Judum is more than a popular tribal movement against Maoist repression. It is the bulwark of civil society and strategic resistance to Maoist designs of forging a red corridor from Andhra Pradesh to Nepal. In New Delhi, thanks to Leftist propaganda, it creates an opinion divide. A bunch of Left-liberals who toured Dantewada district recently branded Salwa Judum as a civil war within tribal society fomented by the BJP government. They recommended disbanding the Salwa Judum. Ironically, there was no such advice for the blood-thirsty Maoists. Instead, they wanted the Union government to compromise with the Maoists.

PM Manmohan Singh, addressing the second meeting of CMs of Naxalism-affected states on April 13 last, described Naxalism/Maoism as the single largest insurgency faced by India. Yet, the draft tribal policy views the Maoist war against Indian state as nothing more than a 'violent manifestation of tribal unrest'. Thus, even against the UPA government's implicit support to the Salwa Judum movement, the draft...

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