Offensive against Maoist genocidal: Arundhati Roy
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Last Updated: Friday, March 05, 2010, 23:59
New Delhi: Terming the government's decision to launch an offensive to "wipe out" Maoists as "genocidal", writer Arundhati Roy on Friday said such action will kill lakhs, if not millions of people.

"I don't know how government decides who is a Maoist. If you want to wipe out the Maoists, which is a kind of genocidal language that is being used, you are talking about killing lakhs, if not millions of people," Roy told reporters here.

She said since the Naxalbari days, the government has followed "the policy of extermination" while dealing with Maoists.

Raising doubts that Maoists could be wiped out, she said, "The movement has always comeback stronger, better equipped and more politically orgainsed because it's an imagination fighting a different kind of imagination and you cannot wipe it out in military ways."

Reacting to Roy's view, Home Secretary G K Pillai said the government is ready to talk if Maoist abjure violence.

"We are willing to discuss everything. We can stop all the operation if they just abjure violence," Pillai said at a seminar on "Left Wing Extremism Situation in India".

He said since they (Maoists) do not believe in Parliamentary democracy, "so where is the scope of discussion? "Let Arundhati Roy get a commitment from the Maoists that they are willing to give up arms."

Sympathising with the poor people for taking up arms, Roy said, "What are they to do, if a platoon of 300 to 1,000 policemen arrive, march through the night and surround the village, raping and burning and killing (people)? Can they have a Satyagrah? Who is listening to them?"

She said "it was not up to us" to decide and press our morality on them on what kind of resistance somebody over there should adopt or not adopt.

"Normally, it does happen in situation where people are being armed and they go uncontrolled as it happened in Kashmir and it happened everywhere."

She said she would be on the side of the person who is trying to bring to the forefront issues of justice than to push injustice through the barrel of the gun down the throats of the poor in the country.


First Published: Friday, March 05, 2010, 23:59

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