Saturday, February 20, 2010

The most difficult element in dealing with naxalites was lack of trained policemen.

Intellectual support to Maoists made the task of tackling them “very difficult” as it confused people, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said here on Friday.
The most difficult element in dealing with naxalites was lack of trained policemen. It was followed by intellectual and material support. The Maoists seduced the media as they unleashed false charges in courts and pulled all strings to activate their frontal organisations, including the unsuspecting non-government organisations, to widen their circle of influence for support.
“But don’t forget the bottom line — the CPI(Maoists) believe in armed liberation struggle. “Accept it or reject it. There can be no half-way approach. Most people still think there could be a compromise or some kind of median approach. This is immature and foolish,” he said.
Mr. Chidambaram said the government was following a policy on naxalites but it would take some time for the results to become visible, and in the meantime they would continue to try every trick in the bag to garner support, he said at an interaction with the Indian Women’s Press Corps on Friday.
He admitted that the situation on the naxalite front was bad. “This is expected because as long as we did not engage them, they were happy and expanding. They will continue to expand unless we challenge them.”
Denying that any operation was being carried out under the name of “Operation Green Hunt” in Chhattisgarh, he said the Centre was just assisting the States in reclaiming the areas under Maoists control. “This is a careful, controlled and calibrated move with no carnage or collateral damage.”
The Minister admitted that there were police excesses in certain areas of Maoist dominance. He said, “I will hold the State government accountable if they commit excesses.”
There was need to take control of Maoist areas, establish a civil administration and ensure development. “The troops have been told you don’t fire till you are fired upon. The objective is only to reach the areas.”
Explaining his offer of talks to Maoists if they abjured violence, he said he did not ask them to lay down arms or disband their organisation. “I said give up violence for 72 hours, give me 72 hours to consult everyone and respond to your giving up violence and we will find a way out.”

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I would like to hear the voices of condemnation of those who have, erroneously, extended intellectual and material support to the CPI-Maoist.

The forces consist of CRPF and small detachments of BSF, ITBP, BSF and IRB. It was also revealed after a series of attacks by the Naxalites that the jawans deployed there did not undergo even a rudimentary course on counter-insurgency strategy and tactics.

The home minister emphasised that every attack by the left-wing extremists exposed the true nature and character of the outfit. “Their goal is to seize power. Their weapon is violence. No organisation or group in a democratic republic has the right to take to violence to overpower the established legal authority. Unfortunately, this simple truth has escaped a number of well-meaning organisations that find ‘legitimacy’ in the armed liberation struggle carried on by the CPI-Maoist,” he said.
Detailing the violence caused by the Maoist rebels during the three-day shutdown Feb 7-9, Chidambaram said their main targets of attack were railway property and there were a total of 11 incidents in Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. “Tracks were blown up, railway stations were attacked, bombs were placed on railway property and railway officials were assaulted,” he said.
“I would like to hear the voices of condemnation of those who have, erroneously, extended intellectual and material support to the CPI-Maoist. It is only if the whole country rejects the preposterous theses of the CPI-Maoist and condemns the so-called ‘armed liberation struggle’ that we can put an end to the menace of Naxalism (Maoism) and bring development and progress to the people in the conflict zones.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Terrorists killed 24 security personnel in West Bengal

And the most surprising thing is that the perpetrators will never be brought to justice……………..

And the disgusting thing is that such incidents are going to happen again. We never learn from experience. The people of this country are blind. If security personnel could not secure themselves from such terrorists (who are citizens of India) then who will protect common men. People do live in fear in India.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Headley had surveyed targets in Pune

Chidambaram said it was a standard global practise to inform police if anyone comes across unattended baggage.

Chidambaram said such establishments have to themselves adopt security measures since it was not possible for police to check every person, bag or place at all times.

Chidambaram said American terror suspect David Headley had surveyed the Koregaon Park area, the Chabad House and Osho Ashram in the vicinity of the targeted eatery -- German Bakery.

PoK is actually an Indian territory and we should facilitate their return.

Interacting with the media after the Union Cabinet meeting, Chidambaram said: "The idea of granting amnesty to Kashmiri youth in PoK has been accepted. The idea must be translated into action now."

Monday, February 8, 2010

Take “firm action” against divisive forces

During the conference also, Mr. Chidambaram interjected while Mr. Chavan was making his speech and told the Chief Minister that the whole nation wanted that strong action be taken against the people responsible for recent happenings in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thackerays are paper tigers.

India belongs to Indians and every part of India belongs to every Indian

"I am really not interested in what Bal Thackeray or Raj Thackeray have to say. Frankly, I am interested in one concept that India belongs to Indians and every part of India belongs to every Indian", he had said at a press conference in Patna.

"In Mumbai (during the 26/11 attacks), men in the NSG were from Bihar, UP, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra. At that time they (Sena) did not say that those from Bihar and UP should be taken out. India has to move forward and all have to be taken forward," he had said.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sonia for curbing money, muscle power in elections

Prime minister Manmohan Singh said the “best and the brightest” were not attracted to politics and educated professionals and the growing middle-class often shied away. Vice-president Hamid Ansari dubbed the practice of ‘paid news and coverage packages’ a “blot”.