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November 13, 2018 11:55 pm | Updated 11:55 pm IST

Despite some political claims that the Naxalite problem has been eliminated in some parts of India, the fact is that they still rule the roost in a few districts of eastern India, in turn stepping up destructive activities (Editorial, “Dangerous tactics”, November 13). The Maoist problem is like a festering wound and the strategy of attacks and counter-attacks will not solve this long-standing problem.

It is also not a simple law-and-order situation as is being made out in some quarters. If India can talk with Naga insurgents, surely the same can be done with Maoist leaders. There is little development in many parts of eastern India — the affected districts of Chhattisgarh, for example — due to the disturbed situation. There must be free dialogue with Maoists without preset conditions. It may be necessary to engage with them through a third party as well.

D.B.N. Murthy,


A real solution to the Maoist problem lies in realising true ‘grassroots governance’ and walking away from the Raisina mindset of hyperbole that paints and shames the disenchanted. This will prevent bloodshed and restore dignity to peasants and tribals, thus taking away the moral support the Maoists enjoy.

The state must play the role of an elder brother rather than a tyrannous overlord, but at the same time precisely incise the militant cadres. Else this will be another recursive loop of militancy.

Gurpartap Singh Bhullar,



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