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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Supping with the devil

Y Rajasekhara Reddy, Andhra Pradesh's chief minister, complains that the Naxalites of his state, with whom the Congress was accused of entering an unholy alliance to win the state elections, are "coming together with the Maoists". (In the same breath, he defends his government's decision to let the Naxal leaders go when they were cornered in a jungle.) And Akshaya Mukul of the Times of India reports that one of Nepal's Maoist chiefs, Baburam Bhattarai, is currently a guest of the Indian state, and recently had a meeting with Prakash Karat, the communist leader.

The meeting with Karat was ostensibly "to use [the] Left's influence over the Maoists to get them to join the seven-party pro-democracy alliance in Nepal". But I am skeptical of that happening. I am, in fact, amazed that the Indian state is consorting with terrorists and criminals in this manner. We created Bhindranwale, flirted with the LTTE, and look where all of that got us. Perhaps the "Naxal corridor from Nepal to Nellore" that the Indian Express once warned against may just become reality.
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