Saturday, September 4, 2010

Debate, debate and Debate

Debate after debates takes place on TV channels but no concrete policy whatsoever it may be has been framed either by state government or central government or both together. Unfortunately politicians are still not united on such a serious issue. There are many sympathizers of Maoists both in and outside the government. State government and Central government are not having a well-decided strategy to handle the threat of naxals and Maoist. Social reformers are divided whether there should be action against naxals or not.Naxals on the other hand take advantage of this division in politics and enrich their financial as also fighting power.

Naxalism has been spreading in every nook and corner of the country and has become more dangerous than foreign-based terrorism. Challenge to law and order by Maoists and Naxalite groups have been growing dangerous day by day. Rich businessmen and middle class or high-class service men including policemen are being subjected to extortion of money. Common men and especially daily earners have to bear the pain of Naxal bund, Naxal attacks and Naxals strikes time and again. Naxalism has grown manifolds during last ten years but unfortunately government has not yet understood the gravity of the matter. Still many stalwarts, many media people and many politicians talk of dialogue with Maoists and naxals. On the other hand, frequent attacks on police forces has been leading slowly to demoralization of police forces and killing or at least diluting their enthusiasm to battle against naxals or terrorist because of political indifferent, casual and non-supportive attitude.

There is no doubt that in a big country like India or any where in the world, difference of opinion on any issue of national concern or mass concern is possible. Even if there is aggression from abroad there will be different strategies suggested by different experts. There are many such persons whose work is to criticize all actions of the government. If no action is taken people will blame and if action is taken they will judge the merits and demerits from various angles. If police force kills naxals or terrorists, politicians will blame of fake encounter to dilute the fighting intensity of police force and also to earn political advantage and gain sympathy from innocent and illiterate voters.

If during encounters or fight against naxals or terrorists, any common man is killed, activists of human right organizations will come forward to criticize action of police force. Unfortunately when naxals or terrorists cause death of common men, none from human right organization will come forward.

However such cases of support or protest over any important issue are unavoidable in a democratic setup where every citizen or a group has huge fundamental rights to enjoy without any sense of inherent duties towards the society.

As such government cannot blame anyone for growing naxals and increasing threat from naxal activists. During eighties Sikh militants known as Khalistan activists had created biggest law and order problem in the state of Punjab. Late Indira Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India did not hesitate to take army led action against Sikh militants to ensure peace in Punjab state and to stop spread of Khalistan movement which was clearly a threat to unity of the country. Armed forces were allowed to enter into even the most pious and religious place like Golden Temple in Amritser. It was her sincere and devoted action against Punjab extremists that during last 25 years India has not faced any trouble from Sikh militants.

Indians should salute leader like Indira Gandhi who did not waste time in debate on whether action is needed or not, whether it is duty of state government of central government, whether opposition party is responsible or not, whether there is fake encounter or whether there is possibility of people‘s revolt or whether it will harm relations with Sikh people or congress party will loose Sikh votes in general election and so on…….

Indira Gandhi did the best as per her best knowledge and as per the opinion of important political leaders of her party and that of other opposition parties. She assessed and ascertained the opinion of people at large and decided for action and strategy to fight out Sikh militancy from the root without any fear of repercussion and she got the grand success in her task. Some insane person or group killed her just as Mahatma Gandhi was killed even though Gandhi fought for freedom and won freedom from British rulers.

It hardly matters for leaders of national stature whether he is alive or is killed by his opponents if the action taken by him is in national interest. People of India are still indebted to Late Indira Gandhi for many good works she did during her tenure as Prime Minister of India. She may be criticized on many other issues but her quality to take effective, timely and fruitful action and to take decisions at appropriate time cannot be criticized by any unbiased person.

It is pity that current ruling government at center led by Congress Party is making one after other lame excuses for its complete failure in tackling the problem of naxalism. Prime Minister like Manmohan Singh has not yet decided the concrete and time bound action plan in consultation with state government to fight and finish naxalites and Maoists from the root. There may be many reasons and much emotional logics in the minds of his party men or that in sympathizers of Maoists. But from any angle of consideration, act of breaching laws of the land or criminals (of any type, Maoist or naxalites or general) taking laws in their hands cannot be justified. Action and action with punishment have to be taken against all who are perpetuators of criminal activities and also against who are advocates and sympathizers of criminals.

It is also true that it is the duty of sensible government to understand and realize the problems of common men, loopholes of laws and condemnable actions of beaurocracy. Government should on day to day basis monitor the actions of responsible authorities and punish bad officers and bad police personnel whose torturous actions continuously cause trouble to common men. It is the duty of the government to remove all those reasons, which may force poor and innocent person to become criminal or to plead for criminals or to seek support from criminals to survive in society or form a gang of criminals to get rid of atrocities from local police forces.

It is very much disheartening to know that thousands and lacs of innocent persons are held in jail for years together only due to the fact that courts are unable to deliver justice in decades and decades. One can imagine the pain of a family whose member is put in jail for none of his or her fault and his voice in defense is not heard for decades. Pain of such victims of the system is aggravated when he or she becomes helpless due to inefficient and dishonest judicial system. It should not be surprising when hundreds of such victims of the system unite together to take barbaric revenge from the system even breaching the laws of the land.

It is common experience of common men that government of India understands the language of violence and violence only. Normal strike or normal protest is taken lightly by ruling elite. This is the painful story of Indian politics. If any individual or group put any demand verbally before representative of government in any office or department and follow the same for years together verbally and in writing, no fruitful result is expected to yield. As long as working class or business class does not adopt violent agitation against the government, representatives of the government notice none of their demands.

In conclusion government has to fight not only fight with Maoists and terrorists but also boldly eliminate extremists, inefficient, inert and corrupt persons sitting in police departments, offices and departments run by government and courts in particular and in politics in general whose actions annoy common men for no reason. Extremism of any kind is to be condemned. Which type of extremism, government led or Maoist led came first is not to be debated. Main focus should be on the person who commit crime and to ensure quickest punishment to such criminals without any discrimination based on caste, community, religion, region or the party who is ruling and who is not ruling.

Danendra Jain

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