Remember that the Maoists present a grave challenge.
From the house of the abominable aka the Communist Party of India (Maoist):
Describing the coming State Assembly elections as a “farce conducted to strengthen the rule of the exploiting classes,” the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) has called on voters to boycott the polls.
In a press release signed by central committee spokesperson Abhay, the Maoists said there was little difference between the incumbent and opposition parties and claimed that the ‘real alternative is [for the Maoists] to expand militarily and in a more organised manner.’[Hindu]
The best answer to this vicious, virulent and venomous group of ruthless killers, fronted by an equally despicable group of ideologues, has come from Assam. In Assam, 78.6% of voters exercised their franchise in the second phase of assembly polls, after 73.04% voter turnout was recorded in the first phase. More than three-fourth of electorate coming out to vote in a state gripped by insurgency till recently is not a “farce”, but a ‘democratic middle finger’ shown to the Maoists and their closet supporters.
While it may be fashionable in certain circles to describe the Maoists as misguided youth and long-suffering tribals, the Maoists’ statement about their intent — to expand militarily and in a more organised manner — is a challenge that the Indian state needs to counter with all its might. In a noisy democracy with a shrill media like ours, it is far easier for the government to politically sell a development scheme for Maoist-affected areas than to talk about a concerted security operation against the Maoists. It is indeed unfortunate that no political leader has stepped up to explain to the masses that when it comes to the Maoist-affected areas, “while development is a must, there has to be security first.”