Comments on: Sympathy for the devil? Maoist supporters get flak http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/05/18/sympathy-for-the-devil-maoist-supporters-get-flak/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DaraIndia http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/05/18/sympathy-for-the-devil-maoist-supporters-get-flak/comment-page-1/#comment-13871 Thu, 20 May 2010 06:01:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3230#comment-13871 “….stifling criticism is no way to win hearts and minds.”

Who has stifled criticism? By this logic, it is ok for others to criticise and point out failings of the government, but if the government rebuts that criticism it is charged with stifling criticism? Strange logic. Please allow the government also the same liberty of ctiricising and answering their critics, without accusations of being despotic. After all, what is fair for the activists is fair for the government too.

In fact, if you look at it discerningly, you will find that the administration has admitted its lapses regarding the so called ‘root causes’ and has accepted that criticism. How many activists have we heard asking the Maoistis to lay down arms and refrain from attacks on innocents and to accept government offers of talks?

I am not aware of a single activist, including the most celebrated and oft quoted, Arundhati Roy, of ever having offered even one constructive suggestion towards solving this problem. They are merely criticising for the sake of criticising, there is nothing constructive coming from them. Surely, as so called intellectuals and those who shed copious tears for the downtrodden, they should be interested in finding a solution and at least have some suggestions?

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By: ashokatg http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/05/18/sympathy-for-the-devil-maoist-supporters-get-flak/comment-page-1/#comment-13866 Wed, 19 May 2010 13:01:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3230#comment-13866 Civil Rights activists speaking the typical Army language of ‘Collateral Damage’?? ‘Civilian casualties are unavoidable’?

By the way, how can anyone ever justify the killing of people.. how sick is this mentality!!

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By: Gobblygook http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/05/18/sympathy-for-the-devil-maoist-supporters-get-flak/comment-page-1/#comment-13865 Wed, 19 May 2010 13:00:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3230#comment-13865 Debate is the perhaps the biggest casualty in the tackling of the Maoist movement. And while it need not involve everyone in the country, it is essential to include people affected by Maoist violence. To blame Maoist sympathizers after every attack is to ignore diagnosing the problem of the lack of local support for the government. Movements like Salwa Judum are a sign of trying to arm twist local communities into line and the effects of it are there for all to see.

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By: Askhanna http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/05/18/sympathy-for-the-devil-maoist-supporters-get-flak/comment-page-1/#comment-13860 Wed, 19 May 2010 10:06:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3230#comment-13860 Questioning the government or its tactics should never be cause for condemnation but why does no so called intellectual or civil rights activist question the maoists? There are ample reports that Maoists recruit young teenagers and indoctrinate them. They burn schools and dig roads which hampers development and further alienates tribals. Why does nobody question their strategy of violence. Do the activists imply that it only security forces which harass villagers and the maoists are saints? Going by Arundhati Roy’s article one is led to believe that Maoists are modern Robin Hoods.

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By: IndianBeginner http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/05/18/sympathy-for-the-devil-maoist-supporters-get-flak/comment-page-1/#comment-13855 Wed, 19 May 2010 04:58:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3230#comment-13855 Another typical comment written from the comfort of South Bombay or South Delhi. The civil group should please give actual practical suggestions on how to bring growth and also handle Maoists. saying no industries and let them remain in bliss collecting tendua leaves is not a solution.

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