Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, S.K. Sinha, has stressed the need for political will and calculated risk to tackle naxalism.
Lt. Gen. Sinha, a former vice-chief of the army, told a meeting here on Sunday that the last ten years had seen Maoists gaining control from Nepal to Maharashtra but the government lacked coordination and a Central policy to meet the threat. The government could not afford to go soft on them.
He was speaking on India’s security concerns at the invitation of Pragna Bharati and Social Cause, both of which are NGOs. It is not difficult to check naxalism because former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had tackled it in West Bengal and former Union Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had nipped in the bud the gaining strength of the Communist movement in Telangana.
Military’s involvement deplored
Lt. Gen. Sinha deplored that the military was not involved in the decision making processes to address security concerns of the country.
The civil servants played a major role in decisions though they should have been confined to civilian matters concerning defence.
He said India had lost a good opportunity to ally with Afghanistan which would have effectively checked jihadi terrorism.