President of Patriots Forum, D.C. Nath was superannuated in January, 1995, as the Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, D.C. Nath (IPS-1960) was associated with the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), headquartered in New Delhi, for over 14 years, first as the Executive President & CEO and then as the President & Director General, between February, 1997 and March, 2011. The author of a highly acclaimed book, Intelligence Imperatives for India, Mr. Nath earned high plaudits from all around for two of his very significant presentations on: “Revisiting the Future of India” (2005, London) and “Lessons from India for the War On Terrorism” (2007, USA). He is the only one in the field, combining the experiences of a police officer with specialization in intelligence and strategic analysis and an industrial security expert par excellence. More Bio on D. C. Nath…
August 24, 2015
Subject: New Battle-fields And Strategy Of The Maoists In India
We are on an important mail on the Indian Maoists’ future plans and strategies, appearing on p.12 of The Delhi issue of “The Times Of India” of August 10, 2015.
The press report is based on an interview with the General Secretary of the party, known as Ganapathy, taken about five months after the present NDA government had taken over.
The first general observation of Ganapathy was: “Modi and BJP have been installed at the helm of government by big capitalists precisely for carrying out these policies faster and more aggressively than the previous UPA government. Therefore a `weak’ Manmohan Singh was replaced by a `strong’ Narendra Modi.”
Then, he gives his assessment of shape of things to come:
“The aggressive neo-liberal policies of the government will intensify hardships of workers, peasants, government employees and various sections like women, students and the youth. Attacks on Muslims will increase. Atrocities on Dalits are on the rise. The aggressive promotion of Modi’s `development’ agenda will result in displacement on an unprecedented scale. Adivasis will find their existence threatened. This will bring forward mass struggles. We should actively intervene in these.”
Ganapathy further adds:
“We will have to resolutely confront and defeat this attack by uniting with all the sections that will be adversely affected. For this, our policies and tactics should be such that all democratic, progressive, secular and patriotic forces rally together in favour of the people and oppose and fight back Modi’s reactionary policies and par ticularly the third phase of OGH.”
Finally, Ganapathy’s plan of action:
· First, preserving our subjective forces, particularly the strategic leadership of the party. Since the formation of the new party, we have lost a considerable number of party leaders at all levels starting from the central committee to the village level party committees.
· Second, the movement has weakened in rural plains and urban areas. We need to expand to newer areas and open new battlefronts.
· Third, Brahmanical Hindu fascist forces have come to power at the Centre, which reflects a further consolidation of the ideology, politics and culture of the feudal and reactionary forces.
· Fourth, the world situation is becoming increasingly favourable for revolution.
Friends, thus the General Secretary ends with great hope “The world economy is still reeling under a serious crisis and the fundamental contradictions in the world are sharpening. Consequently, revolutionary, democratic and national liberation forces are gaining strength”.
Maoism, let us recollect, is no longer an ideology-driven movement. Right now, the Maoists are fighting a battle for survival. As we had diagnosed before what is propelling them is the thoroughly dishonest combo of politicians-police and corporates, exploiting the natural resources of the land (forest). This combo is thus forcing the poor tribals to follow the Maoists and in some cases, converting themselves, mainly, to Christianity.
But, we strongly contend, as done previously, the Maoist violence can be contained with a national policy that would give CLEAR POLITICAL CLEARANCE TO THE POLICE to go ahead, notwithstanding the plans and strategies of the Maoist General Secretary, spelt out in the Press report. The administration may only, if need be, extend some air-support.
A few other important points suggested by a senior colleague included a very valid thought: what will the government do with the young Maoist deciding to join the mainstream? Can they be covered in some skill-development programme suiting their temperament and simultaneously guaranting some respectable jobs? The Tribal Councils, mandated in the sixth schedule, be formed along with adequate care being taken about the members of the local police, most vulnerable among the Maoists’ targets.
Having said all that, we have since seen a report in the August 17 issue of the “Dainik Statesman”, a Bengali daily published from Kolkata. Warning was conveyed through hosting black flags at all conceiveable places and pasting Maobadi posters of different types. One poster carried the warning, “Beware, the Dalals (committed followers) of the TMC. We, the CPI (Maobadi) have COME BACK to the soil of Bengal”.
This was on the 68th Independence Day in Jangalmahal area of Purulia district, the erstwhile stronghold of the Maobadis. The formation of two new types of committees was announced: “Revolutionary Committee of The People” and “Peasants Committee of the People”.
Friends, so the developments on the ground seem to be matching the warning sounded by the party General Secretary. We hope both the Centre and the concerned State governments will take due note.
(Former Spl. Director, IB)
(President, Patriots’ Forum)
For information and action, as thought appropriate:
· The Union Home Minister,
(Shri Rajnath Singh)
· Defence Minister
(Shri Manohar Parrikar)
· The National Security Advisor,
(Shri A K Doval)
· The Union Home Secretary
(Shri L.C. Goyal)
· The Prime Minister Office
(Attention: Shri P.K. Mishra)
(Former Spl. Director, IB)
(President, Patriots’ Forum)
Source: Patriot Forum
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