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Posted: 28 May 2010 at 7:51am | IP Logged

                     

                                                 Whom to blame?

 

              Just a few hours back Maoists derailed a train in West Midnapore district of West Bengal killing more than 70 people.


            Naxalite movements are again gaining strength in different parts of the country.  As of 2009, Naxalites are active across approximately 220 districts in twenty states of India, accounting for about 40 percent of the countries geographical area. According to our intelligence agency, 'RAW',  20,000 armed cadre Naxalites were operating apart from 50,000 regular cadres working in their various mass organizations and millions of sympathisers, and their growing influence prompted Prime Minister to declare them as the most serious internal threat to India's national security.

      

         Will it be enough if the government resort to counter naxalite measures?  Is that the real solution? Why such movements and groups arise?   Even if present groups are suppressed wont others spring up until solutions to oppression and injustice faced by a large section of the  population are found?

  

       About half the population live in utter poverty.  4.5 crore unemployed youth.  20 crore farm labourers who get employed for less than 30 days a year. 10 crore children who are unaware of school and studies. 12 crore child labourers. 80 lakh prostitutes who sell there bodies to escape hunger.  16 crore people without access to safe drinking water.

   

      The growth and penetration of globalist policies have engendered a significant increase in inequality between the haves and the have-nots, creating heavens for the rich and hovels for the poor. The rich have become beneficiaries of the new development process; the poor have been forced to suffer. All the recognized indicators of human resource development 'literacy, life expectancy and child survival  are pitifully down the ladder. The gross negligence of social justice and its implications have added significance to the concept of social justice in the process of development.


        Globalisation has created a serious social crisis affecting wage workers, farmers and employees. State subsidies for corporates have grown, while the share for the marginalized and vulnerable sections has declined. The neo-liberal development agenda adversely affected India's indigenious development strategy that ensured basic minimum for all. Social justice, the essencial ingredient of development is absent in neo-liberalism.


         The need of the hour is thoughtfully doled out indigenious packages that can ensure basic amenities for sustenance, equal opportunities and equitable distribution of wealth, so that social equality and rights could be enjoyed by all. For development to be complete and just, it requires "sufficiency for all before superfluity for some".



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Posted: 28 May 2010 at 8:11am | IP Logged
Seventy one killed as Maoists derail train in India

Friday, 28 May, 2010

 
Indian rescue workers and police gather at the scene of a train crash near Sardiha, West Bengal state. 'Photo by AP

SARDIHA: Maoist rebels derailed a high-speed train packed with sleeping passengers into the path of a freight train in eastern India Friday, killing at least 71 people, police said.

It was the latest in a series of deadly Maoist attacks that have put the government under intense pressure to consider deploying the military as it struggles to contain the growing left-wing insurgency.

Police warned the death toll would rise with dozens more bodies feared trapped in the mangled wreckage after 13 carriages of the Mumbai-bound express from Kolkata careened off the tracks in a remote area of West Bengal.

Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee said the train had been derailed by a "severe bomb blast", but officials said they were also looking at evidence that metal plates used to secure adjoining sections of track had been removed.

"It is a clear case of sabotage. The Maoists have done it," West Bengal police chief Bhupinder Singh told reporters at the crash site. He said Maoist leaflets had been found scattered by the tracks.

The Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities claimed responsibility for the attack in a call to the Press Trust of India, the news agency said without giving further details.

Another senior police official helping coordinate the rescue operation said emergency teams had recovered 71 bodies.

"We're doing all we can, but I'm afraid there are still more bodies trapped in some of the carriages," police inspector general Surajit Kar Purakayastha told AFP.

More than 120 people were reported injured, some of them in critical condition.

Four of the carriages that slammed into an oncoming goods train were badly crushed and flipped on their sides with body parts clearly visible amid the twisted metal.

Rescue workers with bolt cutters struggled to free anyone still alive inside.

One survivor, Vinayak Sadna, said he had been sleeping when his carriage lurched violently to one side and then flipped over, flinging passengers around the compartment.

"I ended up stuck between two seats with an iron bar crushing my hand," Sadna said. "I was trapped for three hours before I was pulled out. My wife is still missing."

Another distraught passenger, Ranjit Ganguly, who was travelling to Mumbai for a holiday with his family, said he had been thrown from his carriage by the impact but his daughter and son were trapped inside.

Paramedics treated the injured beside the track, while the most serious cases were evacuated by air force helicopters.

The incident occurred at around 1:30 am (2000 GMT Thursday) in the district of West Midnapore ' a Maoist stronghold around 135 kilometres (85 miles) west of Kolkata.

State Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya said the attack underscored the need for a review of the federal government's counter-insurgency strategy.

"We have to find ways to counter the Maoist menace. Innocent people are being killed," he told a press briefing in Kolkata.

Bidding to halt the Maoist threat, the government launched a centrally coordinated offensive in November 2009, dubbed Operation Greenhunt, using more than 60,000 paramilitary and state police.

The operation has produced little in the way of tangible results and the Maoist attacks have continued unabated, triggering growing calls for the army to be brought in.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram ' who has borne the brunt of public criticism over the handling of the insurgency ' recently acknowledged that changes were needed and said he would request wider powers.

The Maoist rebellion began in West Bengal state in 1967 in the name of defending the rights of tribal groups, and has since spread to 20 of India's 29 states.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has labelled it the biggest threat to the country's internal security.

In April, the rebels ambushed and killed 76 policemen in the central state of Chhattisgarh in the bloodiest massacre of security forces so far by the extremists.

Friday's incident was the worst loss of life on India's enormous rail network since 22 people were killed in October, when a Delhi-bound express ploughed into the back of passenger train near the Taj Mahal town of Agra.' AFP



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Posted: 28 May 2010 at 4:47pm | IP Logged
pampered terrorist.... they should take these naxals and their areas and thrown teh suspects... off the cliff....

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It is high time there is a Governer's rule implemented in the affected area. Assign one of those intelligent IAS officers to understand what are the greiveances, have him come back with a report within 6 months. Implement the changes suggested in next 6 months. If there is still Naxal violence get rid of the Naxal leadership
 
 
Dont put the army in there, army is created to there to help the country deal with external problems. The Naxals are our own people and they come from areas which for decades have been extremely neglected.

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Posted: 28 May 2010 at 9:37pm | IP Logged
It is the duty of every citizen or person in India to hunt them down and bring them to justice. A National campaign should be started and carried out. Situation should be monitored all the time.

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Posted: 29 May 2010 at 12:57am | IP Logged
How long our leaders will chant of "strategically" and "politically" dealing with Naxals!!! how long will this blood-shedding of innocent people continue!! when will we think of a country where our lives are safe? Too many questions!!.. Do our so called "intellectual" leaders including our P.M. has the answers?... Is it not the time to deal with Naxals and similar problems more than strategically?? OuchBut the recent incident I dont think this attack done by Naxals....Bcos in  WB, the leftists are facing an imminent loss in the forthcoming municipal & corporation elections.... TMC seems to be the leaders in all exit polls despite the break-up of its alliance with Cong....
Causing this accident would've met following objectives.....

1. Put the blame on Maoists or naxals,
2. Show Mamata Banerjee in poor lights by linking this accident to Rail security
3. Keep TMC leadership away from the last minute canvasing across the state,
4. React promptly to help the aid work thus sending a message to people that they (CPM) are pro-people.

For political power people can do anything now a days

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Posted: 29 May 2010 at 8:07am | IP Logged
Originally posted by qwertyesque

pampered terrorist.... they should take these naxals and their areas and thrown teh suspects... off the cliff....


 Throwing them off the cliff cannot be the solution. They will spring up again and again.  Problems of the oppressed millions need to be addressed. There should be a shift from neo-liberalal policy measures  focusing on interests of the elites  to measures focusing on the upliftment of marginalised sections.


Edited by pogo - 29 May 2010 at 1:53pm

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Posted: 29 May 2010 at 8:15am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Believe

But the recent incident I dont think this attack done by Naxals.
Confused


 Maoist backed organisation 'PCPA' has claimed responsibility for the incident.

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