There should be no hesitation attacking Naxalite dalam

Counter Maoist offensive
M.N.Bunch

Naxalites, Maoists, Left Wing Extremists call them what will, (for convenience I shall call them Naxalites) have virtually taken over about 160 districts of India. That covers more than a quarter of the whole country. All of these are located in the heart of India — Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, eastern Bihar, parts of West Bengal, south eastern Maharashtra, south western Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and north western Andhra Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh, in the Telangana region, the administration and the police, by forceful action, have been able to regain control and the Naxalites are on the run from there. In Chhattisgarh, Odisha and south eastern Maharashtra, however, the Naxalites reign supreme.

There is a group of so-called liberal activists, of whom Arundhati Roy and B D Sharma also claim to be supporters, who look upon the Naxalites not as terrorists but as people who are leading a revolution against a heartless, capitalist, anti-people and anti-tribal state and, therefore, they refer to the movement as a war of liberation. How is this war fought? Certainly not by the Geneva Convention. It is fought through terror in which the first victim is the innocent tribal villager who at the point of a gun is made to accept the Naxalites as leaders. It is fought by targeting police officers and government servants doing their duty, it is fought by blowing up school buildings, it is fought by putting an end to all development works, it is fought by trying to destroy every democratic institution, especially the Panchayat Raj institutions. It is fought by blackmail and by extortion in that those persons going about their normal business in these districts, or contractors who have taken the risk of constructing development works, such as roads, are forced to pay large sums of money to the Naxalites in order to do business or to undertake the construction work.

In Dantewada district a road contractor from Nagpur was made to pay `20 lakh, which he did. Another dalam which had not got money demanded a similar amount and when he refused payment for a second time he was shot dead. His very courageous widow came from Nagpur and fought the Naxalites on this and one of the dalams apologised. Bus operators can travel only on those routes and at those times which the Naxalites permit. Even the poorest villager has to pay his tithe to the Naxalites in order to survive. People who deny education to the citizens, who hamper medical care by not allowing primary health centres to function, who disallow development works so that there can be no upliftment can hardly call themselves warriors for the rights of the people. I see very little difference between these bands of Naxalites and the criminals who form the gangs in Mumbai owing allegiance to Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan. These are harsh words but unfortunately they are true because it is time we recognise the Naxalites for what they really are — common criminals.

Who else would go to a village in Ghadchiroli district of Maharashtra and decapitate two villagers and abduct 10 others? The latest tactics of the Naxalites is abduction of senior government servants and politicians, to be used as hostages for having their demands met. The demands always relate to release of hardcore Naxalites accused of specific crimes, including murder with a view to ensuring that they evade justice. The latest in this series is the abduction of Alex Paul Menon, the collector and district magistrate of Sukma in Chhattisgarh. Sukma was the southern most tehsil of the then Bastar district, which was recently constituted into a separate district. Alex is a proactive officer, who extensively toured the district and tried to make the civil administration effective. What do the Naxalites do? In a village where he was addressing a Panchayat sammelan they murdered his two security officers and then abducted him. It is an utter disgrace that large bands of armed men can roam about without being detected, abduct senior officers and then hold them hostages.

It is about time that this nation woke up to the fact that the situation in the Naxalite-hit districts is worse than in Nagaland and Mizoram at the height of insurgency. There neither the army nor the police withdrew, they brought rebels to encounter and proved to them that insurgency cannot defeat the Indian State. In the Naxalite-hit districts the state has virtually withdrawn. It is about time that we re-established the writ of the state in these districts. Chidambaram talks about development as the answer to Naxalism. Development is possible only in an environment of peace and security and, therefore, till order is restored there can be no development. The home ministry does not understand the seriousness of the situation.

The Naxalite hit areas need to be swept clean of terrorists. The government must say very categorically that there will be no negotiation on hostages, that murder will be treated as an offence under Section 302 of the IPC and that order will be restored very quickly.

A few suggestions are:

— If need be we should be prepared to lose hostages, but the retaliatory strike must be swift, deadly and highly effective.

— All police stations must be fortified, made impregnable to attack and used as launch pads for patrols, sorties and raids against specified targets.

— The police must be strengthened, armed, equipped and trained so that it can take on any attacking Naxalite dalam.

— There should be no hesitation in using air support, especially armed helicopter.

— A corps level exercise should be mounted with a view to sweeping the target area and forcing terrorists to flee. They should then be driven on to the security forces, mainly police, waiting in ambush and liquidated.

Normally the Naxalites would not attack the army but if they are foolish enough to do so they will suffer the consequences. The main point is that the day an entire dalam is wiped out and heavy casualty inflicted police morale will rise and the recruitment base of the Naxalites will shrink. Once order is restored let us put our best officials into the area and bring genuine, assimilable development to these backward districts.

M N Buch, a former civil servant, is chairman, National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment, Bhopal.

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Resurgent Hindu Nation: RSS mission is a tribute to Swami Vivekananda’s vision

S. Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., Sarasvati Research Centre
April 26, 2012
In this 150th centenary year of Swami Vivekananda, a tribute is being paid by RSS which is just following the spiritual-nationalist, patriot-saint’s call for action.
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The best account of RSS in action is provided by K. Suryanarayana Rao, a Senior Pracharak of RSS who has edited a veritable tour de force. Recollecting the writings and thoughts of Swami Vivekananda for national regeneration, is but a reaffirmation of the mission of RSS.
The mission carrying out Swamiji’s vision, is spelt out by another great Hindu nationalist, MS Golwalkar: “Let our workers keep their minds free and work for our people, our Dharma, in the right spirit, lend a helping hand to all our brethren who need help and strive to relieve distress wherever we see it. In this service no distinction should be made between man and woman. We have to serve all, be he a Christian or a Muslim or a human being of any other persuasion: for, calamities, distress and misfortunes make no such distinction but affect all alike. And in serving to relieve the sufferings of man let it not be in a spirit of condescension or mere compassion but as devoted worship of Lord abiding the hearts of all beings, in the true spirit of our Dharma of surrendering our all in the humble service of Him who is Father, Mother, Brother, Friend and everything to us all. And may our actions succeed bringing out the glory and effulgence of our Sanathan-Eternal-Dharma.”
Suryanarayana Rao is eminently qualified to select the compilation of Vivekananda’s inspiring call for national regeneration because Suryanarana Rao joined the RSS in 1942 at Bangalore, and has been a swayamsewak for 70 years. He has been a witness to the growth of the RSS from the days of the inception setting forth the mission of the organization which has no parallel anywhere on the globe in terms of its membership and range of socio-cultural activities in multi-disciplinary domains.
Starting with a review of the life-sketch of Swami Vivekananda and his mentor, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the editor shows how the institution-builders Dr. Hedgewar and Guruji Golwalkar,  followed the shankha-naada (the clarion call) of the young patriot-saint, who has inspired a very large number of citizens of the world. The editor also underscores the evolving role of RSS, in the process, creating a garland of tributes, which brings forth the effulgence of the resurgent  Hindu Nation.
The compilation is also a reminder to every citizen of the Nation that the unfinished task has to be completed with dedication. The editor recalls the words of Swamiji’s ardent disciple, Sister Nivedita in her book , The Master as I saw him : “Swamiji’s main mission in his life as expressed often by himself, was to make Hinduism aggressive and uplift the country to its ancient glory finding out the common bases of Hinduism.” The editor cites Swami Vivekananda:”I am proud to call myself a Hindu, through the grace of the Lord, may you my countrymen, have the same pride, may that faith in your ancestors come into your blood, may it become a part and parcel of your lives, may it work towards the salvation of the world.”
I can do no better than recount the observations of many savants about the importance of the compilation to guide the activities of swayamsevaks of RSS. (K. Suryanarayana Rao, Ed., 2012,National Regeneration, The Vision of Swami Vivekananda and The Mission of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Chennai, Vijaya Bharatham Pathippagam, 12 MV Naidu Street, Chetpet, Chennai 600031. Rs. 100).
• A brilliant compilation. It is indeed a fitting tribute to Swami Vivekananda when the nation is in the midst of celebrating his 150th Birth Anniversary – Swami Gautamananda, Adhyaksha, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai.
• While providing an enlightening information and new insights for general readers the book becomes a ‘must-read’ for swayamsewaks working in any field of activity including the sangh work. It is an excellent and sustaining recharge for their missionary zeal. – Shri Mohan Bhagwat, Parama Pujaniya Sarsanghachalak, RSS.
• This compilation shows that the working of the RSS is a divine dispensation and is sure to enthuse, inspire, awaken and arouse all those who are working for the vision and mission of RSS and not to stop till the goal is achieved. – Justice Dr. M. Rama Jois, Retd. Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana Highcourt, Former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand, MP, Rajyasabha.
• RSS is in fact, the vision of Swami Vivekananda in Action. This is a book with a difference. It is a treasure-house of practical wisdom and also guidance. Shri Suryanarayana Rao has generously bestowed on us a Priceless Gift. – Padmashri Shri P. Parameswaran, President, Bharateeya Vichara Kendram, Tiruvananthapuram, President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.
• This compilation is a brilliant effort, a must read for all nationalist, social activists. Also a must on your Book shelves – Organizer, English Weekly, New Delhi.
The call for a resurgent Hindu Nation is also a gentle reminder to RSS on the tasks ahead. Citing Aurobindo (Vol. 17, p. 332), the compilation notes: “Vivekananda was a soul of puissance if ever there was one, a very lion among men, but the definite work he has left behind is quite incommensurate with our impression of his creative might and energy. We perceive his influence still working gigantically. We know ot well how, we know not well where, in something not yet formed, something that is genuine, grand, intuitive upheaving that has entered that soul of India and we say “Behold Vivekananda still lives in the soul of his Mother and the souls of his children.”
Highlighting the work of RSS in Tamilnadu in the context of Swami  Vivekananda’s vision, Swami Chidbhavananda of Shri Ramakrishna Tapovanam told an annual meet of Sanghachalaks of Tamilnadu: “…it is the desire of God Almighty that Hindu Dharma and Society should be saved and developed and hnce he has created this organization (RSS). This work is God’s work!”
The editor of the compilation cites the views of Shri Bhupendranath Datta, the youngest brother and biuographer of Swamiji: “The primary object of Swami Vivekananda was nationalism. To arouse the sleeping lion of India and to put it on its proper pedestal was his life’s mission. His national ideal was the ideal of Bankimchandra Chattopadhyaya as depicted in the revolutionary novel Ananda Math, (in which the present national song Vande Mataram first appeared in full)…while Swamiji was guest of Balagangadhar Tilak, it was agreed that ‘while Tilak would work for nationalism in the political field, Swami Vivekananda would work for nationalism in the religious field.” (Swami Vivekananda – Patriot – Prophet, 1954, Calcutta, Nav Bharat Publishers, p. 201).
The book has to be essential reading for every student of the nation to clearly understand what the life-mission of Swami Vivekananda was. Within a very short span of life, he breathed life into the nation. As Sister Nivedita exclaimed: “He was the embodiment of India in flesh and blood. He was India. He was Bharat.” This patriot shall live on in the minds and hearts of everyone in this youngest nation on the globe, with 35% of the population less than 15 years of age. That is, every third person we meet in India, that is Bharat is a child and the elders have an enormous responsibility to educate the youth about the Sanatana Dharma of the Hindu Nation. Guruji said: “From experience I have realized that what I am doing in Sangh (RSS) is in consonance with Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy, guidance and method of work. No other great personality’s life and teching has influenced me so much. I believe by doing the Sangh work, I shll be carrying out only Swamiji’s work.”
The range and expanse of this work has been begun beautifully and eloquently summarised by Suryanarayana Rao in his compilation which should be cherished by everyone who lives to protect Dharma. This should be a reference-guide to take the citizens of the Indian Nation on their destined path of contributing to the welfare of all while reaching out to unite with the Paramaatman.

India’s first anti-malaria drug is among the ‘best’ – Jaya Bharat


 Three tablets in three days can cure the chill-n-kill disease 

The first indigenously made anti-malarial drug made its debut on Wednesday, arming doctors with one more weapon to fight the disease that kills thousands of Indians every year.

 Developed by Ranbaxy Laboratories with funding support from the department of science and technology, the novel drug completed clinical trials under the supervision of National Institute on Malaria Research — a constituent laboratory of Indian Council of Medical Research. After reviewing the data, the Drugs Controller General of India gave the marketing approval in 2011.

 Effective against malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum parasite, its dosage regimen is one tablet a day for three days, costing Rs 130 a pack. It is not clear if the new drug will find a place in the public health programme.

 Preferred treatment 

The new drug is different from Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT), used worldwide as preferred treatment based on World Health Organisation recommendations.

 “It is the first anti-malarial drug developed in India which has entered the market unlike other molecules which did not,” said T S Balganesh, a distinguished scientist at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in charge of Open Source Drug Discovery programme, but not linked to Ranbaxy’s research work. 

“The new drug is a fixed dose consisting of arterolane maleate and piperaquine phosphate, in line with WHO recommendations. It is among the best options available today,” said Sudershan Arora, president (Research and Development) at Ranbaxy.

 “Malaria is highly endemic in 17 states and mostly affects the poor. The company should see the drug is affordable and accessible drug so that poor people can buy it,” Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said during its launch. 

The ACT based drugs used in the national malaria control programme cost Rs 20 for an adult for a three-day regimen and half of that for children, an official from National Vector Borne Disease Control programme told Deccan Herald. 

Low death count 

Following questions being raised on India’s abysmally low official malaria death count, the centre set up an expert panel to review the figure. Preliminary estimates indicate that every year 35,000-40,000 adult Indians die of malaria, Azad said. 

According to an estimate by public health researchers from India and Canada, malaria killed 2,05,000 people every year in India, of whom1,20,000 are in the age group of 15-69 years and more than 80,000 children. 

A second study suggests that the number of annual malaria deaths in India was 1.57 lakh in 1980, which was reduced to 1.12 lakh in 2000 and 46,000 in 2010. 

Besides medicine, Azad said, manpower too was important in malaria control as most states had withdrawn malaria supervisor in block and village health centres.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/244825/indias-first-anti-malaria-drug.html

 

Power of Italian connections

S.Gurumurthy

 Two unrelated incidents — arrest of two marines who killed two fishermen from Kerala in Indian waters and the kidnapping of two foreign tourists by Naxals in Odisha — were related only by the fact that the killer marines and the kidnapped tourists were Italians. The tourists being victims deserved sympathy. The marines being criminals did not. For two months, informed Indians were curiously watching how the UPA government would handle the two Italian-related issues. The reason was obvious. The victims and criminals were Italians and Sonia Gandhi, who heads the UPA and the National Advisory Council, is an Italian expatriate. There was lurking suspicion that the tourists would be freed whatever the cost and the killers would also go scot free. To add to the suspicion, the Italian government openly interfered with the judicial process in the murder case. But, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, acted promptly, detained the ship Enrica Lexie, arrested the accused and lodged them in jail.

 

In a statement issued the day after the murder, the Italian embassy labelled the fishermen as pirates who attacked the Italian ship in international waters and said that after repeated warnings and after ascertaining from binoculars that the pirates were armed, the Italian marines fired some warning shots and the pirates withdrew. The statement was a total lie. Nine fishermen were sleeping in the boat and two, who were awake, were shot. The Italians began claiming that the incident — read murder — took place beyond the territorial waters of India and therefore, the Indian police had no business to act. The Roman Catholic church too intervened. Cardinal George Alancherry, newly ordained by Rome as cardinal, told the Catholic news agency Fides in Rome, “I immediately contacted the Catholic ministers to ask the Kerala government not to take precipitate action.”

 

The arrogant Italian denial of the right of India to act against the crime was met with equally stern response from the external affairs ministry. The very day Italy claimed innocence, defence minister A K Antony, who hails from Kerala, declared that the guilty would be punished under Indian law. Rome first sent a minister, then its foreign minister, to pressure on New Delhi. India insisted that the two Italian murderers would be tried in India, not in Italy, as Rome wanted. How could Italy prosecute after having denied the offence itself and declared the offenders as innocent and the victims as pirates? Italy was obviously drawing a blank on the diplomatic front. New Delhi firmly took the position that the murderous firing took place from the ship and the offence occurred within the territorial waters of India which extends to 22 nautical miles off Kerala coast. If the killing had taken place when the ship was inside Indian waters, then the offence is triable in India. This would call for full investigation. Only an FIR has been registered. The Kerala High Court ordered the release of the ship on bank guarantee and on the undertaking that the ship and the crew would be brought back to India when needed. The order was challenged in the Supreme Court.

 

Meanwhile the Italian tourists kidnap by Naxalites added another dimension to the murky Indo-Italian relations. The tourists had disregarded the warning of the Odisha police against going to Naxal areas. For their recklessness, the Odisha government had to pay a heavy price at India’s cost to free them by barter, releasing not one or two, but 27 hardened criminals, including 15 Naxals, in exchange for just one of the two abducted Italians, the other having been freed earlier. The Indian home minister was on hand with the issue. But for the fact that the reckless tourists were Italians — imagine they were Ghanians, Ugandans or Kenyans – would such a high cost have been paid, is the obvious question in everyone’s mind. Yet no one, including the media always prone to pontificate, has the guts to ask.

 

Italians seem used to kidnapping. At least five Italians had been kidnapped by Taliban almost one every year from 2004 to 2007. Four of them were journalists. Two were killed, and three set free — one of them for a ransom, another in exchange for five Taliban terrorists released by Afghan government. Again, a week after the high cost Odisha deal to free the Italians came the news that an Italian woman journalist, who had been abducted by al-Qaeda 14 months back, had been set free by them only four days back! No one knew where the woman had been kept by the Taliban for such a long time and heavens did not fall. Could India not have waited for a couple of months, if not for 14 months like in the al-Qaeda case? What was the emergency to get them freed at five times the cost paid by the Afghan government for freeing an Italian from Taliban custody? Curious. Isn’t it?

 

Now back to the killer Italians. The issue before the Supreme Court was whether the ship should be allowed to sail. Harin Raval, an additional solicitor general of India, stunned the nation and the Supreme Court by telling the court that when the marines killed the fishermen the Italian ship was not in Indian waters. Precisely Italy’s case but from ASG Raval’s mouth! Raval also implied that the defence minister, ministry of foreign affairs, shipping minister, and Kerala chief minister were all liars. But, in the afternoon, Raval told the court that what he had told the judges in the morning was not government’s view, but his opinion. How could the fact whether the ship was in or out of the national waters be a matter of opinion? The external affairs ministry and Kerala chief minister again asserted that the ASG was wrong. The latter asked for his removal from the case. The shipping ministry said that ASG acted against brief. But the damage is done. By that one sentence, the ASG has virtually destroyed the Kerala prosecution against the Italian marines. He will be the killers’ star witness to prove that the ship was not in Indian waters. Can he deny saying so to the Supreme Court? The murder case against the Italian marines is virtually over.

 

The ASG has deliberately torpedoed the case. The intriguing question is who made him do it? The ASG’s betrayal has confirmed the worst suspicions of informed Indians that the killers would go scot free. Who could have made the ASG disregard the defence and shipping ministers, external affairs ministry and the Kerala chief minister? The answer is obvious.

 

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Sabara Sammelana at Sabarapalli Gajapati, Odisha

Staunch agitation against conversion 

From 1,050 village 1,15,000 people  represent Sabara Sammilani at Gajapti district to develop their self commitment . It is n’t only a socio- religious Programme it is indication  of  Sbara agitation against illegal christian activity in Odisha.  Dharama Jagarana Bibhaga and Vanavasi Klyana Ashram help them to make this nice occasion fruitful.Image 

Divots of Lord Jagannath Sabara people Make clear decision against conversion . Sabra Sammilani has been concluded by Pujya Jagad Guru Sankaracharya at Sabarapalli, Gajapti district for three day. It is the biggest convention of Sabara Samaja by their own interest. 60,000 women participation is the real indication of their devotion towards religion.  10,000 christian people participation proves unity of Sabara Samaja after all the social disturbance. According to  Culture Sabara Samaja  is one. They all are Hindu. They have no difference . ImageImageImage