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Destructive Politics

This is in response to the editorial (“Republic Killing Its Own Children, EPW, 10 December 2011) on the killing of Maoist leader Kishenji. While questions regarding the circumstances leading to his death and the legality of the action of the security forces remain, those cannot be used to glorify the misdeeds of the Maoists. The editorial is fraught with half-truths and lack of objectivity.

The EPW editorial seeks to downplay the assassination attempt on the former West Bengal Chief Minister in November 2008 and misleadingly mentions a mining project which was being inaugurated, as a provocation. The fact is that the former West Bengal chief minister and the then union steel minister were returning after laying the foundation stone of the Jindal steel plant at Salboni (there are no mines in that area), when there was a cold-blooded attempt to assassinate them by exploding landmines. They had escaped narrowly. There can be no justification whatsoever for such an action by the Maoists.

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