Shillong: The Maoist movement was a "mutiny
in agony" and the ultras had taken up arms because of
exploitation of their areas, Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary
"These people who were peaceful, humble and peace loving
have now raised a war against the Indian union. It has some
relevance to the environmental aspect because we have gone and
exploited their areas. We have deprived them of their means of
livelihood which the forest used to give them," Mooshahary, a
former chief of BSF and the elite NSG, said.
"They have nowhere else to go and today if they are
taking up the arms, they are sending us the message that what
we have done in the last many years have caused them a lot of
agony .... And, now we do not know how to control it," the
governor said, inaugurating the Shillong CMS Vatavaran
environment and wildlife film festival.
Stating that a balance should be ensured between progress
and preservation, Mooshahary contended that both were
Stressing on the need to create facilities for a better
quality of life, he, however said, "In the name of development,
if you destroy everything, it will bring bitter problems."
About coal mining in Meghalaya, he said it had rendered
large tracts of land unusable. "Rat hole mining is degrading
the land. Mining is important... but technology should be used
so that the land is restored to its usability."
He also referred to the erstwhile Bodo Liberation Tigers
of Assam who after laying down their arms and forming the
Bodoland Autonomous Territorial Council were now playing an
important role in preserving the Manas National Park.