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Maoists shouldn’t be romanticised: Ramesh

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Jairam Ramesh
Jairam Ramesh

They are terrorists, he says

Describing Maoists who killed several Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh four days ago as terrorists, senior Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday expressed the hope that the “deliberate and meticulously-planned carnage” would be a turning point in the battle against them.

Maoists should not be “romanticised” as they are terrorists because they spread terror, the Minister for Rural Development told NDTV in an interview about Saturday’s attack in which 27 people, including Chhattisgarh Congress President and some other party leaders, were killed.

Mr Ramesh, who has generally been against hardline approach towards Maoists, lashed out at them, saying they had no faith in Constitution, democracy or democratic institutions. Theirs was not ideology-based Maoism but it was based on extortion.

At the same time, he said there cannot be any going back on the government’s strategy which recognised centrality of security and police operations but also of political engagement. There had to be development programmes to address issues of tribal development.

“From 2004, we have been saying this that this is a law and order issue and this is also a socio-economic issue. Both have to be addressed,” Mr Ramesh said.

Slamming the Maoists, he said, “They are terrorists. What else are they? You can’t romanticise them. They are spreading fear. They are spreading terror.”

He said Saturday’s incident was “not just a killing. This is a carnage of unprecedented ferocity. It’s a carnage of unprecedented magnitude and it has a political signal associated with it.”

Seeking to interpret the message behind the attack, he said, “I think it is a signal that the Maoists are trying to give to the Congress and to other political parties, look this is a liberated zone, don’t come here, don’t have your political engagement, don’t have your gram sabhas and rallies.

That’s simply an unacceptable state of affairs in India.”

He said if Maoists were “so confident of themselves, why don’t they participate in the electoral process?”

Mr. Ramesh lamented that poor tribals are caught between the guns of Maoists and the security forces.

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It is your party that has romanticized the Maoists of this Country along with the Medhas and
Arudhaties.Now that you have got the real picture of their intentions,you will have to take ALL
possible steps to eliminate their ranks from their Jungle hideouts.

from:  Ashok Prabhu
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 05:44 IST

No one should romanticise the killers. I fail to understand why Mr.
Ramesh chose to ignore the creation and arming of an illegal entity like
Salva Judum which played havoc in tribal lands.Is it because he thought
the tribals are less than human? It is alright to sermaonize now. What
was Mr. Ramesh doing when atrocities were being committed by Salva
Judum? Was he even protesting? Shame on you Mr. Ramesh.
Karma caught up with Mr Karma. Was he not asking for it by his brutal

from:  Satish
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 19:23 IST

I agree with the Minister. They thrive on the backwardness of the
region. What's the point in crying that there is no development when
they are not allowing anything to happen?

from:  Arjun
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 18:46 IST

Ok. nice. but as an important cabinet minsiter why don't you have this
issue raised in the cabinet and ensure that the naxalite affected
regions in the country get additional reinforcement and the centre works
in coordination with the concerned states. It is far too long that we
are suffering this problem -a red corridor right from Nepal -India
border to the deep south.

from:  s subramanyan
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 18:27 IST

Normally reticent, soft spoken Jairam Ramesh appears to have lost his cool composure due to this ghastly chattisgarh incident. Maoists are very ordinary folks whose struggle for survival is eternal and the minister is fully conscious of this. Their grievances were never addressed by the rulers and pushed to a corner in this process. All political leaders should sit together and sort out this problem of the poor on war footing so that the nation can succeed in its vision to make India a world leader.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 18:16 IST

Correctly said! Also, the GOI must investigate whether certain foreign
countries/parties are funding the Naxalite movement -- countries like
China, Nepal, Pakistan.

from:  Jay Ravi
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 18:06 IST
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