Human Rights Watch released a report on Tuesday documenting in depth the plight of local communities in Naxal-infested Chhattisgarh facing the wrath of the Maoists, government security forces and the state-sponsored vigilante movement, Salwa Judum. The group has called on both the Maoist rebels and the state to bring an end to the violence and mass displacement of the locals.
How much time will the state and the Centre take to admit it is indeed a case of a “strategy” going horribly wrong? Being in denial won’t allow them to even deliberate on the Planning Commission’s expert group report released in May.
The insightful report had asked that Salwa Judum be scrapped. It pointed out how the failure of governance was the core issue and the government was making a mistake in treating the Naxalite menace purely as an internal security problem. Social and economic insecurities had to be addressed, it said, adding that the government was being inconsistent by not tackling the movement as a political one, unlike other militancies. That report must form the basis of a meaningful strategy—if the government is serious.