INDIA'S FORGOTTEN WAR – blogging naxalism.

Military Response in Chhattisgarh

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image683806xThis seems significant. The Indian army has unveiled plans to establish a local command structure in Chhattisgarh tasked with gathering intelligence on the Maoists and training the state police. The army claims that this does not constitute the beginning of active involvement by its forces in counter-insurgency operations:

This is the army’s first move to create a structured body to deal specifically with Naxalite activity. But army headquarters and the defence ministry do not equate this with a deployment of armed forces against the Maoist insurgency.

This is not the army’s first foray into the Maoist insurgency (they have responsibility for running Chhattisgarh’s counter-terrorism and jungle warfare centre), it is, however, the most direct. The army will now be permanently stationed in the war zone with an explicit anti-Naxalite mandate. It may be the beginning of increased army involvement in the fight or, more likely, be indicative of a smarter, more unified and flexible counter-insurgency approach being formed in Delhi.

In either case, I’m not at all sure that a militarisation of the conflict would be all bad. State police forces and many of the national para-police agencies have proven to be unprepared, ill-equipped and, at times, ill-disciplined. The Indian army is a widely respected and well-trained force. And, simply because the army is not fighting the insurgency, doesn’t mean that the conflict isn’t a virtual civil war.

I’d be curious what my reader’s views might be.

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  1. “The Indian army is a widely respected and well-trained force” respected by whom? well trained to use the equipment that falls short of specs and half the time does not work, Indian armed forces in in sad state, the entire Indian defense sector is in a sad state, just look at the the LCA, aka the last chance aircraft, or the Arjun tank, aka the Arjunk, both terms coined by the Indians themselves, they nuclear program is a still born child as is the missile program, with 300 air crafts grounded for lack of spares and poor maintenance and the worst safety record in the world, 500 crashes in total since Indian air force took to the wild blue yonder. India as a state is a failed state, 24 different separatist movements speak of that fact, add to the fact that central govt has no control on the eastern part of the country and will not even venture in certain part.

    In closing i have one final question for the author, what were you smoking when you wrote this article and where can one buy some?

    Cheer

    Faheem

    April 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    • Right. Just noticed your final clever little line. If you want to post in the future, you will be more respectful. You can disagree with me all you want, but your snide tone annoys me and this is my sandbox.

      Michael

      April 13, 2010 at 11:33 am

  2. hey faheem it takes a lot to don that olive green uniform and to be able to die in it without a complaint or even a smirk on your face or a crease on your shirt. It is not about LCA or Arjun. It is about that man who died for you. But probably you won’t ever be able to grasp the surface of what makes a soldier or what army is all about.

    Regards.

    prashant

    August 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  3. Well Faheem,

    I guess Michael was completely sane when he wrote the comment.

    This forum is for constrcutive criticism and scholarly discourse. So its our duty to maintain the dignity.

    Well, Michael, good to see you back.

    Btw, I would tend to disagree with the militarisation of the ‘Uncivil War’ in the Red Corridor.

    Dr Uddipan Mukherjee

    August 7, 2010 at 4:01 am


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