Kolkata, Aug.12 (ANI): In the wake of rising attacks by Maoists on security forces and political leaders, experts in the country fear that the rebels want to capture political power to set up a dictatorship.
Om Prakash Mishra, a professor at Kolkata's Jadavpur University, believes the Maoists are confusing the masses by talking about the deprivation of the poor and are simultaneously indulging in the killing of innocent persons to pursue their hidden desire to capture political power in the country.
"The Maoists are talking in terms of development deprivation. However, what they essentially want is capture of political power and this confusion that they are talking in terms of development, they are talking in terms of deprivation of the poor and marginalized, this is actually an obfuscation of their main ideological political goal to capture political power. This simply cannot be allowed in a democratic set up that India has very proudly and successfully run for more than 65 years," said Mishra.
Mishra said the Maoists have no place in a democratic set up as they follow a system of authoritarian rule.
In some rural areas under their influence, the Maoists organise kangaroo courts in which the principles of law and justice are completely disregarded.
"The Maoists do not believe in a constitutional system. They consider this to be a sham, they consider the parliamentary institutions to be rubbish. So therefore, there above goal is to capture political power through means which may include violence, and therefore, they go on killing people and in most cases it is very indiscriminately. In order to sustain themselves, they are engaging into extortion and looting. They have also tried to build up parallel administration into certain pockets of their influence," said Mishra.
Maoist attacks have intensified in recent months. In May this year, the rebels ambushed a Congress convoy, which left 28 people dead, including senior Congress leaders like V C Shukla and Mahendra Karma.
Last month, they attacked a police vehicle and killed six policemen, including Superintendent of Police Amarjit Balihar.
"The point is that the Maoists are ideologically blinded. They want to establish dictatorship and they think that they can go and carry forward their activities in a way which will also involve violence, extortion, murder. They have kept children and women as hostages. This is a menace to the society," said Mishra.
Addressing a recent chief ministers' conference on internal security in New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said the government has adopted a two-pronged strategy to tackle the Maoist problem - proactive and sustained operations against Maosit extremists and addressing development and governance issues.
These, the Prime Minister said, include strengthening the security apparatus; improving road connectivity in 34 most Left-wing extremists affected districts, relaxation of norms of various development schemes in the affected areas, and the Integrated Action Plan for 82 selected tribal and backward districts. (ANI)