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Over 1,000 personnel dead in 10 years: Is Chhattisgarh’s battle against Maoists a failure?

chhattigarh-naxal-attackRaipur: Over a thousand armed forces personnel have died in Maoist attacks since 2005. It’s perhaps time we asked the question: to what end? The sacrifice of personnel would be justified if there’s some gain for the state. Every operation ought to have a long-term purpose built upon short-term targets. But what has the Chhattisgarh government achieved so far in concrete terms in its long, continuing war against Maoists? The latest attacks on paramilitary and police personnel bring out one thing clearly: despite the heavy flow of funds and armed forces’ personnel into the Maoist-hit areas over the last decade, nothing has changed substantially. Every resolve of the central and the state government to ‘eliminate’ the problem, and every consequent action has, on the ground, resulted in turning the situation in favour of the ‘enemy’ of the state.
The populous and urbanised centres of the region are where the government ‘exists and functions’. The left ultras have strengthened their grip on the area – comparatively less populated and more forested – that has been called the ‘liberated zone’. Heavily armed forces move into the area under the ‘enemy’s’ control for a few days of what they call ‘area dominance’. The Maoists retreat. The forces then return to their bases and the Maoists to their strongholds. The game of hide-and-seek has been on for years…
http://www.firstpost.com/india/1000-personnel-dead-10-years-chhattisgarhs-battle-maoists-failure-2197546.html

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