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Maoist Violence - II

I do not subscribe to the views expressed in the editorial, “Violence of the Oppressed” (EPW, 8 June 2013). Your editorial supports Maoist violence, which is wrong. Every day police atrocities take place but hapless citizens do not resort to violence. Similar is the case with victims of judicial excesses or corruption, who may have no voice, and yet do not resort to violence.

The Maoists attack bridges, railway stations, hospitals and other public ­institutions. This goes against their claim of fighting for the poor. These facilities are used by the oppressed. The Maoists are nothing but underworld gangs and they indulge in extortion and forcible recruitment. Their violent means have seriously impeded development and it is in their vested interests that no development takes place in the regions they control. It is high time that the government uses air power, like armed drones and foliage penetration radars, to tackle these ruthless terrorists.

Deendayal M Lulla



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