Jungle Naxals ended as soon as Urban Naxals were brought under control. Naxal violence has reduced by 77 percent, mha says

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right- Ashish Kumar Anshu

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Published: Friday, July 22, 2022, 2:27 p.m [IST]

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Naxalism, which posed the biggest domestic challenge to the Manmohan Singh government, according to Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, is now moving towards elimination. In his written reply during the Zero Hour of Lok Sabha, Nityanand Rai has informed the nation that in 2009, when Manmohan Singh was in government, Naxalite incidents in the country had reached an all-time high of 2,258. By 2021, this number has come down to 509. There has been a 77 percent reduction in Naxal incidents in 12 years.

Naxal violence has reduced by 77 percent, mha says

In the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Home Shri Rai has also said that the death toll in Naxalite attacks has also come down significantly. In 2010, the peak number of 1,005 people were killed, while in 2021 the number of people killed in Naxalite attacks came down to 147. This is an 85 percent reduction in the number of people killed in Naxalite attacks.

The question is, what has happened in these ten years (especially between 2014 and 2022) that the Naxalites have weakened in the forests? To understand it, you need to get out of the forest and back to the city. In recent years, a term called Urban Naxal has become very popular. These Urban Naxals used to justify jungle violence by sitting in cities. It included the likes of Arundhati Roy, Nandini Sundar, Bela Bhatia, Malini Subramaniam, Archana Prasad.

If the word Urban Naxal is used for them, will it be wrong? It is true that he never wrote directly in defense of the Naxalites, but he always deftly described their violence as the voice of the tribals and the reaction arising from government suppression. He also questioned the soldiers who were identifying and eliminating Naxalites.

These urban naxals were going in and out of the country saying that tribals are not safe in India. They were trying to create a Robinhood image of the Naxalites. Arundhati Rai lived among the Naxalites, came back from there and created such a fantasy about that world that there was a competition among young journalists to go among the Naxalites and know the side of those killers. An article by Arundhati Roy titled “Walking with the Comrades” appeared in Outlook.

For this article, Arundhati put a condition before editor Vinod Mehta that even one point should not be edited from the article. Normally in those days Outlook would not publish such a long article, but Arundhati’s article was published. It was full of infatuation and romanticism for the Naxalite killers. Arundhati wrote in this article: “I had been waiting for months for an invitation from the gravest threat to India’s internal security.”

During her visit to Bastar, Arundhati saw Gandhi among the Naxalites. His article itself was published in five installments in the London Guardian newspaper under the headline “Gandhi but with guns”. While it was Arundhati who accused Gandhi in the Mahatma Ayyankali Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Kerala that Gandhi was a casteist leader. Jagdalpur resident Rajesh Sisodia and Raipur social activist Vishwajit Mitra filed a complaint against Arundhati’s Naxal love, claiming that the material contained in the article is an offense under the ‘Special Security Act 2005 of Chhattisgarh”.

There was a small community in Delhi teaching in Delhi University, JNU or hiding under the guise of Gandhism or Socialism. He used to go to many houses, meetings, seminars and spoke about things that filled him with sympathy for the Naxalites. This is why journalists and researchers were affected. This group would then make arrangements for these reporters and researchers to go into the forest and stay and eat. When these youths came back from there to write articles or stories, they used to print interviews with Naxalite commanders, this used to shock the people around them.

These teachers, writers, journalists, Gandhians, socialist thinkers, active in the metropolis for the Naxalites, did not work in secret. He lived in the middle of society. He was respected in society. In any case, these people had the power to gather five hundred thousand people at Jantar Mantar.

It was in 2013 when Hans Patrika invited Ashok Bajpai, Arundhati Roy, Varavara Rao and Govindacharya to their annual event to speak on the topic ‘Expression and Restraint’. Arundhati and Rao decided not to go on stage as Govindarya was on stage. Varavara Rao wrote for Govindacharya that you all must research him. On what basis was Govindacharya, who worked for many years as an active member of the organization, deeply absorbed in the fascist politics of Hindutva and imperialism, to speak on the topic “Expression and Restraints” at Premchand Jayanti?

It is a matter of 2017 when SRP Kalluri, former IG of Bastar range came to Delhi in a seminar, mentioned three different truths while referring to Naxal camp in his statement at IIMC. One Bastar, second Raipur and third Delhi. Kalluri had said, “Bastar cannot be understood sitting in Raipur or Delhi. The best interpretation of Naxal can be done by affected people but few people understood this perception game and they themselves became the first Naxalite experts. he said in the country in the Naxal sphere. It was not the truth of that region. It was the truth of those who wanted to become an expert and give a special kind of narrative to the country. In which they succeeded.”

have you ever thought Why is the book written on non-Bastar Naxalites like Rahul Pandita and Arundhati Roy different from Bastarites like Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, Shubhranshu Choudhary? Now, even after a long time, the question remains whether Arundhati and Rahul were sent to Bastar to write a book with a specific agenda. If this is not true, after being there for four days, how can both of them claim to understand the Naxal camp by writing aerial conversations in their book?

When senior local journalists like late Baban Prasad Mishra, Girish Pankaj, Ramesh Nayyar, Anil Pusadkar who understood Bastar were present among us, then Arundhati and Rahul were projected as Naxal experts to set which agenda in forums of the country and the world. ?

The reach of the influential Maoist network in Delhi went from the IIC elite to the Teen Murti library. He was involved in everything from the academic rhetoric of the university to the intellectual discussions of India’s habitat. This was an example of the strong networking of the Naxalites who were making their presence felt from the jungle to the metropolis.

Gradually people started to understand the Naxalite Narrative game. A major name among those who exhibited it was Mahendra Karma of Salwa Judum. Hence, he was later killed by the Naxalites. Mahendra Karma used to come from among the tribals. He understood very well the challenge of Naxalites. The late Mahendra Karma had said, “The strength of the Naxalites is not in their weapons but in their networks. This is the age of networking. The leader whose network is as good, bigger and more successful he’s a leader.”

Karma had also said, “The Naxalite network was getting weakened through Salwa Judum. The man in their network was leaving them and coming into the mainstream. We could have killed them only by weakening their network. When they are completely weakening. During this time, exceptions were raised in the media so that this is what is happening all over Bastar. This networking gives them victory in the narrative battle.

In his conversation, referring to the urban network of Naxalites, Mahendra Karma had said, “As soon as the government takes any action against the Naxalites, there is a large section in Delhi that gets activated. From the Constitution Club to at Jantar Mantar.The commotion is increasing.There are many faces who do not even hide their sympathy for Naxalites.Sometimes they even express it in public forums.

In the past seven to eight years, the government has worked to address the challenges identified by Bastar tribal leader Mahendra Karma. Urban Naxals are weak. He has lost people’s trust because of his words and deeds. It is well understood that the lives of the Maoists operating in the jungles reside in the urban Naxalites. As a result of this, urban Naxalism intensified in the cities and the graph of Naxalite activities in the forest has started going down rapidly.

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Naxal violence has reduced by 77 percent, mha says

First story published: Friday, July 22, 2022, 2:27 p.m [IST]

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