30 October, 2020

Will Action Speak Louder?

Will Action Speak Louder?
With no clear-cut agenda, is there any purpose served by the state government’s current talks with the Peoples’ War? In the first round, the contentious issue of the rebels laying down arms was skirted in a bid to find a negotiated settlement to the Naxal problem. That process is still on but the government is of the view now that a definite roadmap must be there for the talks. This and an escalation in the war of words between the government and the Naxals is already sparking speculation about the fate of the next round of dialogue.

As expected, the Naxals refusing to lay down arms has become the sticky issue. Chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is now insisting the Naxals agree to this first. This might be in tune with the party mood itself, which has hardened since the first round of negotiations got over. A section of Congress leaders has even voiced the thought that since the party has kept the election promise of holding negotiations with the rebels, it’s time now for ysr to take...



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