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Red Terror: Who are the Maoists?

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After the dastardly ambush by the Maoist terrorists and the martyrdom of 22 security personnel in the Bijapur-Sukma forest area of Chhattisgarh on Saturday 3 April 2020, we in Newsroom24x7 felt it necessary to put in public domain a keynote address by late DM Mitra on the “Maoist Problem”. Mitra was a distinguished Police officer and an authority on Left Wing extremism and terrorism linked with the Maoists.

Who are the Maoists? Late DM Mitra, a top Police officer, addressed this question while delivering the keynote address at a symposium on the “Maoist Problem” organised jointly by the Madhya Pradesh Academy of Administration and Newsroom24x7 ten years ago – September 2011. The symposium was attended by top IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers along with officers posted in districts bordering Chhattisgarh.

Mitra, who had a background of exclusive research on Maoists with extensive field studies across the country, had given a comprehensive presentation on the genesis, spread and handling of Maoist violence. He had used the opportunity to clarify many wrong conceptions about Maoists. While nothing much can be done in about 16 per cent of areas in the so-called Red Corridor unless police restores the writ of the government in those areas by flushing the Maoists out, administration and democratic political space can be improved in the rest 84 per cent areas in order to prevent them from falling under Maoist influence, he had emphasised.

Mitra had also recommended strengthening of Government’s Agencies, Police’s Service and Defensive Capabilities and factors for Enabling Democratic Opportunities, including Education, Communication (Roads),Recruitment into Government and Livelihood.

“Genesis and Spread of Maoist Violence and Appropriate State Strategy to Handle it” a report, written by DM Mitra and published by Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) in 2011, concluded ten years ago that the “Maoists are much different from the earlier naxalites and are known to have their presence in 21 States”. According to this report, the estimation of Maoist cadre strength across various parts of the country varied from 10,000, 15000 to as much as 25000. Similarly, geographical spread of Maoist activities was estimated over 190 districts with Maoist violence reported from 90 of the 627 districts in the country.

Maoist agenda and present round of violence in JNU

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Who are the Maoists?

All should watch this video to grasp what late DM Mitra, a distinguished IPS officer, JNU alumnus and expert on Maoist extremism, had said about the Maoists many years ago at a seminar jointly organised by Newsroom24x7 and State Academy of Administration in Bhopal in 2011.

What was underscored by Mitra at this seminar is significant from the point of view of the violence perpetuated by the leftist students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who resorted to violence to block the serious students from going through the registration process. This led to more violence when the ABVP students retaliated with extreme vengeance.

Just like JNU, the Jamia Millia, AMU and Jadhavpur Universities also have become the focal points of trouble.

Also check: https://newsroom24x7.com/2016/09/25/d-m-mitra-the-distinguished-police-officer-who-worked-ceaselessly-to-address-the-maoist-challenge/

Anti-India slogans, call to destroy the country and JNU

A Former KGB agent on the Leftists in India and the Russian Connection: this video has gone viral on social media:

D.M. Mitra – The distinguished Police officer who worked ceaselessly to address the Maoist challenge

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dm-mitraNew Delhi: Durga Madhav Mitra, a distinguished IPS officer of 1983 batch belonging to Madhya Pradesh cadre passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences here early Saturday morning after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife Rina Mitra, also a 1983 batch IPS officer, a son and a daughter.

D.M.Mitra, whom friends in JNU called John Mitra, held many charges in the State Police, including SP of three districts, DIG, Special Armed Force, DIG, Administration, IG, Home Guards, Addl.DG of Railways, Addl.DG of Complaints and Addl.DG of Narcotics in Madhya Pradesh.

Mitra devoted valuable time and efforts to build an integrated and comprehensive picture of Maoist challenge to the liberal democratic state of India, which he shared and validated at various government, non-government and academic forums through lectures/ presentations.

Mitra’s key-note address on the Maoist problem at a workshop jointly organised by Newsroom24x7.com and Madhya Pradesh Academy of Administration in September 2011 was widely hailed. This workshop, which was attended by senior administrative, police and forest officers proved to be an important milestone as it helped field level officers to understand the entire dynamics of the Maoist movement and the complexity of handling the situation. Especially Police chiefs from the naxalite affected districts attended this workshop.

Mitra served outside the State in the Central Government. While on deputation with the Centre, he got the opportunity to do intelligence work, observe and analyse left wing extremism in Orissa and tribal militancy in Tripura. He has also worked in Ministry of External Affairs on deputation and served as 1st Secretary in Vancouver, Canada (August 1996 – August 1998).

Mitra did Master of Science in Defence Analysis from Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA, USA and PG Diploma in Public Administration from IIPA, New Delhi.

Mitra received the International Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the USA and was decorated with Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (2007).

Strategic Studies Institute of USA has published a Book titled “Understanding Indian Insurgencies” written by Mitra. The monograph has become the prescribed reading material for graduate history course on revolution and military doctrines in the prestigious Leeds University of U.K.

As a special invitee, Mitra assisted Police Act Drafting Committee headed by Soli Sorabji and he was the Member Secretary of the Committee constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for assisting the Ministry in establishment of National Police University. He also assisted the Naxal Management Division in MHA, Government of India. He was a member of National Police Mission. On behalf of BPR&D, MHA, Government of India, he undertook a research project on ‘Maoist Violence’ during 2009-10. He was also Principal Advisor to MP Planning Commission since January 2011.

Who are the Maoists?

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DM Mitra addressing the seminar on Maoist extremism

BHOPAL: Senior Advisor to the Madhya Pradesh Planning Commission D.M. Mitra said here 29 September 2011 that Maoists are quite different from other naxalites groups of past and present. They have been able thrive in the forest areas where they could easily hide and where democratic political space is not available to the inhabitants.

Mitra, who is an IPS officer of the 1983 batch belonging to the Madhya  Pradesh cadre was addressing a symposium on the “Maoist Problem” organised jointly by State Academy of Administration and newsroom24x7.com. The symposium was attended by senior IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers, especially officers posted in districts bordering Chhattisgarh.

Mitra, who has done research on Maoists with extensive field studies across the country, gave a comprehensive presentation on the genesis, spread and handling of Maoist violence. He clarified many wrong conceptions about Maoists. Nothing much can be done in about 16 per cent of areas in the so-called Red Corridor unless police restores the writ of the government in those areas by flushing the
Maoists out, Mitra said adding administration and democratic political space can be improved in the rest 84 per cent areas in order to prevent them from
falling under Maoist influence. He recommended strengthening of Government’s Agencies, Police’s Service and Defensive Capabilities and
factors for Enabling Democratic Opportunities, including Education,
Communication (Roads), Recruitment into Government and Livelihood.

NVDA Vice Chairman OP Rawat

Vice Chairman Narmada Valley Development Authority O.P. Rawat said
that the Maoists can succeed in making inroads only if there is turbulence or injustice. He cited the example of Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh where the results have been encouraging with regard to giving
settlement rights to the forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act [The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006].

Rawat said the NBA (Narmada Bachao Andolan led by Medha Patkar) had made the Government of India and many state governments come to their knees and frame proper resettlement policy. Earlier the outdated Land Acquisition Act, which dates back to 1894, was being used to acquire land and deprive the tribals of their means of livelihood but when NBA raised its head and the GOI had to come out with a resettlement policy. Laying stress on the importance of building a system of canals in the Narmada valley for irrigation purpose, Rawat said that canals would irrigate the fields of both the rich and the poor farmers. Whereas, under the situation prevailing till now only the big farmers had benefited from lift irrigation as they were having the means to use pumps to irrigate their fields situated as far as 50 to 60 kms from the Narmada River. The poor farmers, who lack the capacity to install these pumps, were paying a heavy price to the big farmers for irrigating their crop. The vested interest of the big farmers is to block the construction of canals in the Narmada Valley, he pointed out and said a stage had been reached where the Supreme Court even served a notice to the NBA asking why it should not be
blacklisted.

In his opening remarks, Director General of the Academy of Administration and Management Prashant Mehta stressed the need for striking a balance and said while the security forces are engaged in combating the Maoists, a holistic approach should be adopted to improve the quality of life of the people living in inaccessible
areas.

The Academy Director Rakesh Agarwal also focused attention on this aspect and said those in government should keep themselves informed about the total dynamics of the problem

Lalit Shastri speaking about the Naxalite menace

Speaking on this occasion senior journalist Lalit Shastri cited gaping gaps in the past when it came to releasing funds and implementing the Anti-naxalite Action Plan after the 1992 Konta blast in Bastar in
which 17 policemen were killed. He laid stress on the need to give jungle warfare training to security personnel before posting them in the Maoist affected areas.

The Symposium was presided by former DGP of Chhattisgarh S.M. Shukla and conducted by H M Mishra, Professor and CEO, Centre for Knowledge Management and Good Governance, Academy of Administration..