Naxalism can`t be stopped without addressing disparity: VK Singh

Last Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 22:47

Faizabad: Attributing the rise of Naxalism to "economic disparity", former Army chief VK Singh on Sunday said "if the situation continues to be the same then it will grow faster."

Main reason behind this problem (Naxalism) is "economic disparity", he said.

"Naxalism is on rise in the country, as in the year 1990, 50 districts were affected by it but today it has hit 270 districts, if situation continues to be the same then Naxalism will grow faster," Singh said.

The former Army chief was addressing a seminar organised by Military Science department of Saket post graduate college here.

Commenting on the national economic policy Singh said "the distance between rich and the poor is getting wider and it must be stopped."
Talking about corruption in the country, Singh said it is eating up the soul of the nation.

Asking the cadets of NCC and other student in the seminar to come forward to fight corruption he said, "Lord Hanuman will not come to finish the corruption, we have to fight with it".

Commenting on communalism, Singh said one should learn the lesson of secularism from Indian armed forces where country comes first not the religion and caste.

Criticising political parties Singh said during election all the high commands of political parties select candidates on basis of caste and religion and here the democratic system collapses.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 22:46

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