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Heading for a Bloodbath: Rohini Hensman

April 26, 2010

This post by ROHINI HENSMAN is an article  published on the Outlookindia.com website on April 22, 2010.

To people desperately trying to avert a bloodbath in the forest belt, the recent PUDR statement on the massacre of 76 CRPF jawans in Dantewada caused considerable consternation, and Sumanta Banerjee’s response to it even more so. According to the PUDR statement,

‘As a civil rights organization we neither condemn the killing of security force combatants nor that of the Maoists combatants, or for that matter any other combatants, when it occurs’.
Sumanta Banerjee objected to the equating of Maoist violence and state violence, saying that
‘these soldiers, by being cannon-fodders of the Indian state, however tragic it might be, suffered the fate that – I’m sorry to say – they deserved…To come back to the latest incident of the Maoist attack on the CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh…. if we accept it as a part of a civil war, such killings are inevitable (just as the CRPF killings of Maoists) in a violent system that has been institutionalized by the Indian state. The difference between the CRPF violence (involving ‘false encounters’, raping of tribal women, burning their homes, etc.) on the one hand, and the Maoist violence on the other (which means attacks on oppressive landlords and the police and para-military forces like the CRPF which come to the aid of the landlords) – has to be distinguished by civil society groups’
Both the statement and the response assume that a civil war is already in progress, and therefore the killing of combatants is not illegal.

Continue reading on outlookindia.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Ashok Roy permalink
    April 27, 2010 11:45 PM

    Sorry to say that Maoist also representing a state machinery. Might be this kind of state is called pro poor and anti Indian Capitalist State but for all consideration its nothing but a permanant army based state mechinery. Today its act to correct the wrong that have done by Capitalist State. And by doing this the Maoist forces ( like state) try to erect a new state. So in view of the State authority over and above the people’s society doesn’t carry any difference. We should consider this point.

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