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Maoists on Talks

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram have been putting forth the most absurd proposal for talks with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI(Maoist)] provided the latter abjured violence. While amassing thousands of paramilitary forces and carrying out brutal attacks against unarmed adivasi people and the Maoist revolutionaries, they are talking of violence by Maoists. It is state terror, saffron terror, and state-sponsored terror that have become the greatest threat to peace and security in our country. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government has to its credit the massacre of over 2,000 people and Maoist revolutionaries in the past five years. And yet, the government says it is implementing the “rule of law” and asks the Maoists to lay down arms and sit for talks.

Asking Maoists to lay down arms as a precondition for talks shows the utter ignorance regarding the historical and socio-economic factors that had given rise to the Maoist movement. The Central Committee (CC), CPI (Maoist), makes it crystal clear that laying down arms means a betrayal of the people’s interests. We have taken up arms for the defence of people’s rights and for achieving their liberation from all types of exploitation and oppression. As long as these exist, people will continue to be armed.

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