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  • Always in the Line of Fire

    There are no shortcuts to overcoming the grave Naxal threat to our democratic way of life. Broadening the mandate by handing over the problem to the army is neither fair nor efficacious.

    June 22, 2010

    Vivek asked: Cannot the humble radio (MW/SW) be used to counter the "indoctrination" machinery of Naxal-leadership?

    P. V. Ramana replies: Certainly, radio and other media could be used to effectively counter Naxal propaganda. As part of its plan to deal with the Naxalites, the government has in place a practice known as Public Perception Management. The technique involves “taking up a publicity drive to expose unlawful activities and misdeeds of naxal outfits and their leaders, futility of violence caused by naxalite cadres, absence of development activities in the affected areas due to fear and extortion of naxal cadres, etc.” This has to be done subtly and in a concerted way. The media, including radio, has so far not been fully exploited by the government in countering Naxal propaganda.

    Countering the Naxals

    The Grid-Guard-Govern strategy would do away with the sequential application of socio-economic solutions by undertaking security-led governance cum development action.

    June 11, 2010

    The Maoist Menace: Time for Serious Action

    Air presence is a critical factor in counterinsurgency operations as it provides a high level of dominance and control over the situation.

    May 20, 2010

    The Hard Lesson of Chintalnar

    The hard lesson of Chintalnar is that the police are simply not investing enough in their frontline leadership and training to tackle the situation. Even when attempts have been made to bring in competence, the efforts to acquire required counterinsurgency skills have been marginal.

    May 10, 2010

    Anti-Naxal Operations: Employment of Armed Forces

    Whereas employing Armed Forces may appear to be an attractive idea to control the naxal menace, the adverse effects of their long term commitment, particularly of the Army, need to be understood.

    May 04, 2010

    Maoists in Delhi: Is the Police Prepared?

    The Maoists have formed a State Committee comprising six members to spearhead the movement in Delhi, and it has been in operation at least for the past four to five years.

    May 03, 2010

    Maoist Challenge: The Party shall be over!

    The sate and the people should be prepared for a few more Dantewada-like ‘shocks’ before the tables are eventually turned on the Maoists.

    April 13, 2010

    Tackling Naxalism: Post-Dantewada

    If naxal activities have to be stopped, the government must act firmly even if they have to be neutralized by the selective use of the armed forces including the Indian Air Force.

    April 08, 2010

    The Naxal Muddle - of Intellectual Haze, Governmental Clarity and Operational Realities

    The Naxal challenge is a wake up call to rejig our internal security instruments and restore their organizational ethos, autonomy and operational credibility.

    March 09, 2010