The following is a statement from concerned academicians, students and activists condemning the CPI(Maoist) for actions against NREGA activists in specific and their practice of killing people through farcical "death penalties" in general. The statement is hosted here and those who agree with the statement are requested to sign the petition.
When I wrote my first reaction to the Sardiha incident, I was tremendously angry and indignant. More than a 100 people, my fellow citizenry were killed in a tragic rail accident that was obviously a result of sabotage. I immediately attributed the act of sabotage to the PCPA - the mass organisation of the Maoists in the three districts of West Bengal, based on news reports that posters of the PCPA were found in the area. A valid criticism, I have received, has told me that I should do more due diligence before jumping the gun and putting blame over the PCPA/Maoists, for that would skew opinion against the PCPA/Maoists. That is a very fair point, but I stand by my theory. There are various reasons. This post addresses most of them.
മാവോയിസ്റ്റുകള് ഇന്ന് ഇന്ത്യയില് എന്തുപങ്കാണ് വഹിക്കുന്നത് എന്ന് മനസ്സിലാക്കാന് ഇന്ത്യയിലെ മാവോയിസ്റ്റ് പ്രസ്ഥാനത്തിന്റെ ചരിത്രത്തിലേക്ക് ഒന്ന് തിരിഞ്ഞുനോക്കേണ്ടതുണ്ട്.
As the Maoists continue with their violent and disruptive activities, sections of the intelligentsia are openly expressing sympathy for their cause. Although the sympathy is often couched in rhetoric against the state and its security offensive against the Maoists, what distinguishes the Maoist sympathizers from a broader community of intellectuals and civil rights groups, who are skeptical of the intent and apprehensive of the efficacy of the Union Government’s anti-Maoists operations, is their stubborn refusal to condemn the anarchic violence and mindless killings by the Maoists.