Naxalism not terrorism, result of failing state: Govindacharya

Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 19:13

New Delhi: Raising questions on the
government`s policy on tackling Naxalism, Hindutva ideologue K
N Govindacharya today said violence by the ultra-Leftists was
"no terrorism" but a result of a "failing state".

The former BJP leader alleged that Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and members of
National Security Council were "solely responsible for the
massacre of 76 security personnel in Dantewada recently.

"This act of ambush is no terrorism, it must be
understood that of the nearly 1,000 locals who were involved
in the ambush, most of them were common poor citizens of the
locality," Govindacharya told reporters here.

Attributing the failure of the state and political system
for the rise of Naxal movement, he said, "the constitutionally
acknowledged system of state is not helping the common man. It
is perceived to be working for the privileged few at the cost
of deprived masses.

"This kind of socio-economic orientation of the state is
strengthening the Naxal movement," he said.
Praising Congress leader Digvijay Singh for his
opposition to Chidambaram`s approach in solving Naxal problem,
he said Singh could not have expressed his resentment in a
better way and that his statement should be read in a wider
context and not as part of competitive politics.

"The outlook towards development must transcend the
age-old stereotype parameters of development like GDP and
growth rate. Policies for development must be based on
people`s ownership and decentralisation of governance," he
said.

Govindacharya, the patron of the Rashtriya Swabhiman
Aandolan (RSA), said the electoral victory of candidates in
several Naxal-infested states was the result of an "undeclared
coalition" with the ultras for mutual benefits.
"For about last 40 years, Naxalites have used the petty
partisan politics prevailing in the country," he said.

Asking Naxalites to abjure violence, he said they should
understand that incidents like the Dantewada tragedy will only
invite "crass state violence" rather than social
transformation conducive to Maoist ideology.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 19:13

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