On the morning of the 6th of the April we were served with the news of 76 jawans being killed by the Maosists in an unexpected attack. Unexpected for our security services which are responsible to tackle the Maoists. It was really unexpected as our Home Minister had to admit that “Something went wrong very badly”. The news channels were all charged up with the visuals. We saw the pics of the ambushed jawans. Again we lost another set of jawans and we called them as martyrs.
Are they really martyrs? I say they were murdered, not by the Maoists, but by us, our government and our system. Our hands are red with the blood of our own jawans who were hacked to death without their fault. The Maoists attacked the jawans at their will and achieved the feat they had wanted. Where was our secret agency to inform about such acts? Why the anti-landmine vehicles are not able to defy the land mine blasts? Why are we jumping into the war with Maoists, giving war screams to end the Maoists in three years when we have not done enough ground planning? These are some hard questions to answer, but really exposes the weakness of our system.
Such kind of internal insurgency are treated as terrorism of late. We are getting ready to take strong actions against the home born terrorists. We are ready with the Operation Green Hunt. We are taking such steps despite the resistance of some foolish intellectuals supporting these terrorists. But are we well prepared? Just try to remember when did our jawans had killed some Mao terrorists in a gun battle last time. But you can surely remember when did last the Maoists had killed our men. Just take the example from my state. A district Malkangiri in Orissa has seen more than 300 jawans being killed by the Maoists. In fact, 2 days before the Dantewada incident, Maosists had killed 12 CRPF jawans in Malkangiri. But our security services did not wake up.
Why? Why a country is not being able to defeat a bunch of people with a violent ideology? As our HM said, something is lacking. I hope P Chidambaram finds what are those factors to finish the problem within 3 years as he had promised earlier. For these he needs to take serious approach towards the job. Resigning will not do as no other in UPA 2 better than him to perform the job of the HM. If we want to turn this murder into martyrdom, then we must find the way to contain the Maoists and finish them up.