MAOISTS ARE EVERYWHERE
Dr K Prabhakar Rao
The term Naxalites has originated from Naxalabari in 1968 where locals under the leadership of Cahru Mazumdar and Kanu Sanyal rose against the land lords and killed many. It was ruthlessly crushed by the govt. But the movement has taken roots deeply in West Bengal and soon spread to Andhra Pradesh. It became a very strong movement in the AP state and Srikakulam Naxalite movement or conspiracy took place in 1969 under the leadership of Nagabhushanam Patnaik, Chowdhary Tejeswar Rao, Adibhatla Kailasam and few more. Many land lords were put to death by the armed bands and it was also crushed under the govt of Jalagam Vengal Rao the CM of AP State. In fact AP became nerve center for Comminist armed uprsings after it weakened in West Bengal. The buffer states like Eastern Maharshtra and Orissa also became sanctuaries to the Naxalites. Of late newly formed smaller states such as Jharkhand and Chattisgarh also are very badly affected .Telangana province in AP state was the main stay for communists during the Nizams rule during 1946 to 1951. Ravi Narayan Reddy, Chandra Pulla Reddy, T. Nagi reddy, P. Sundariah, Kolla Venkaiah and Devulapalli Venkateswar Rao were the elite leaders of communist armed up rising during the last stages of Nizams rule. However in 1951 the party gave up armed confrontation and joined the main stream politics.The movement also deep roots in Sri Kakulam district in Andhra region.
However sympathy for armed communism always persisted in Telangana region and Sri Kakulam region. It never died. Therefore Naxalite movement could soon be triggered by effective leadership in AP state and even today it has strong base although their activities are less at present. However in border areas of Orissa, the actions are predominant. Of late, any opposition to govt policies is being dubbed as leftist. Chattisgarh and Jharkhand became very active areas for Naxalite actions and at present these armed cadres are being called Maoists.
In recent incidents in Delhi thousands of youth protested at Vijay Chowk against the rape of a woman in a bus and were seeking justice and strong and quick punishments for the guilty. The gathering was lathicharged by Delhi police and they were victims of water cannons. Police apparently over reacted to the situation as the place is close to presidential palace. The anger on part of the crowd was very much justified. Instead of handling very carefully with great restraint, excessive force was used. Sri Sushil kumar Shinde the famous Home minister reacted that the gathering comprised of Maoists and that he was not obliged to go and discuss the issues at India gate and at other places whenever some gathering protested. How silly to state that the youth were Maoists. Sri Shinde of late over burdened with Maoist problem in various states and keeping age factor in consideration has started seeing Maoists everywhere may be indreams too. Probably every agitation against the govt is being seen by him as if it was the work of Maoists. Maoists have become night mare for him. As per him Maoits are everywhere and omnipresent. May God bless him.