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Growing clout of Naxalite movement

Monday, March 05, 2007 09:02:12 pm
The Naxals have been slowly but surely gaining the edge
Naxals have managed to unleash a reign of terror in their ever expanding axis of influence. Late last year TIMES NOW brought to you visuals of highly disciplined, motivated, Naxal women cadre preparing to wage war against the Indian state.

The Naxals in India are not some rag-tag militia but a highly organised fighting force of great offensive capability. That message is of course lost on the government and we know this because of its casual approach toward tackling the Naxal menace. Now as the killing of JMM MP Sunil Mahato shows that omission may prove to be very expensive.

The Naxals have been slowly but surely gaining the edge. In 2003 former Andhra chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu had a very close shave with death when Naxalites tried to bomb his convoy.

In the same state a few years later Naidu's party MLA from Ananthpur, Paritala Ravi was not so lucky.

Few can forget the daring offensive by the Maoists in Jehanabad in Bihar last year when over 1000 Naxals laid seige to the prison there freeing over 350 prisoners in a midnight raid.

Instances which time and again have proven the clout that the Naxal movement has in what is called the Red Corridor. A corridor of influence which stretches from Indo-Nepal border in the East, through Bihar and the Naxal-infested states of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh through Orissa into the dense, near impenetrable forests of the Nallamala hills in Andhra Pradesh.

The Naxal insurgency resembles a kind of cancer a cancer that creeps up on an unsuspecting adversary. Let's not forget it's also said that if a cancer is detected early it can be eradicated. Lets hope the government acts before its too late. Times Now

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