Neerja Chowdhury in The New Indian Express:
“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has repeatedly described Maoist violence as the biggest internal security threat, and today from 55 districts they, Naxals or Maoists, have spread to 175 districts, almost one-third of the country and this should be a cause for worry….
“We also have to look at why 77 per cent of Indians spend less than Rs 20 a day, which is a figure put out by the government appointed Unorganised Sector Commission’s report and which the government has not denied. We have the 61st round of the NSSO—another government body—tell us that only 1% of Indians spend more than Rs 80 a day.
“Even if this sounds exaggerated and does not take into account black incomes, the figures are mindbogglingly huge and are in stark contrast to the other reality of India—its billionaires going up from 25 to 48. With some of the growing restiveness at the ground level, some of it taking the shape of Maoist or SIMI-supported violenc, the chickens are coming home to roost.”
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In the aftermath of the Jaipur blasts as usual many questions were raised by intellectuals, politicians , journalists and ordinary citizens of the country about the safety and security of the common man in this nation. What left me baffled is that like all the previous instances even this time more questions were raised than answered. No one dared to explore the reason why such blasts have become a frequent phenomenon. People were quick to jump to conclusions about the involvement of a foreign hand. This to me is quite alarming as by not unearthing the domestic events surrounding the blast we continue to remain blissfully ignorant of the events happening around us.
However philosophical it may sound, one should realize that there is a reason behind everything that happens in this world.
There is a reason why a person has turned into a terrorist, There is a reason why a person is assasinated, There is a reason why a particular group is targeted (Like in the Jaipur blast which occured on a tuesday near a hanuman mandir, the possible motive could be creating a communal divide.We dont like to think of the possibiilty of some Indian hindu or muslim fundamentalist group behind this. Its only with great reluctance we accept that local aid was provided to the blasts.). Amidst all this , Still there is no consensus on the establishment of a federal agency to deal with terror and crime as perpetrators of crime are often seen taking advantage of the state borders.
There are two core things that need to be done.
One being addressing the reasons which made people turn to terror or support it. The civil society must acknowledge that it is partly responsible for the problem as it remained a muted spectator while some members of it were denied justice and a fair chance to live. Unless the grievances of such people are addressed this issue is never fully resolved.
The other is to have a fully equipped counter-terror mechanism to deal with the insurgents.
Unless we address them more such blasts will keep occuring.
We were also told by the media that the population of Indian Middle class is 25 crore. Now what to believe.
Have you heard of the Devil Quoting the Scriptures, the people who have to control it are instead encouraging it by way of an totally inefficient corrupt bureaucracy.