Politics of Naxalism: Open letter to Prime MinisterMay 28th, 2010
My name is Sush Jaitly, a citizen of your country, and I’m literally weeping at this point of time. In my hands is a picture of a small girl Shirin whose lifeless body is being pulled out of the train wreckage of Jnaneshwari Express in Sardhia. Her twin sister Shamim too is dead and so are her parents. This was a first train ride for the seven year olds, and the last. I only hope that the kids did not suffer too much before they died. Sir, if this is not heart wrenching nothing can be?
Sir, do you know who the murderers of these kids are? No, it’s not just the Maoists. In my opinion these kids have been killed by you along with P Chidamabaram, Mamata Bannerjee, Digvijay Singh, Arundhati Roy, Budhadeb Bhattacharya, Lalu Yadav and all those politicians who care two hoots for our lives. Forgive my saying this but I don’t think you are concerned much about national security. All you are bothered about is political security, at least more than national security. And your own chair in the corridors of power.
In my opinion, my dear sir, the blood of Shirin and Shamim are on your hands directly. And that of 98 others who have died in this incident so far. And that of 76 policemen and 21 other innocents who were killed in Dantewada. BLUE MURDER!!! This is all this is.
Today, please forgive me again for being so blunt, I’m ashamed of your being my Prime Minister. I’m ashamed that we have people like Mamta Bannerjee as our cabinet minister who does not deserve to be entrusted with 100 bucks leave aside lives of millions of passengers. It is during her watch that railways have been directly attacked more than 65 times in just the last year besides other accidents not attributable to Maoists. And you continue to endorse her, all because of political security.
Did you notice that she did not shred an iota of a tear when she visited the site of accident for these two innocent kids and the 98 others who perished in this horrific act? Also, do you know why railways have been targeted by Maoists so frequently? Sir, it’s because Mamata Bannerjee has been their die hard supporter till not so distant past and this is their way of getting back at her. Sir, if you can read the signs you’ll see that Mamata Bannerjee cannot be allowed to continue as Minister of Railways. And in her heart of hearts she herself is more keen to sit on Budhadeb Bhattacharya’s chair than in your cabinet. She has got so obsessed with it that she cannot see anything beyond elections in West Bengal. I’ll request you to please change her and for all I care put an absolute novice in her place. Just ensure that the person cares for this country more than the state where he or she was born in.
Sir, I wish to bring to your notice that even after more than 36 hours of the incident there are still so many bodies which have not been extricated from the mangled mess. Where is your disaster management team? Or does this count as a disaster at all? If it does, what happened to all the big policies on disaster management? Where are the relief vans of railways which were supposed to be placed at every 100 kms? Why haven’t civil contractors been pressed into service simultaneously alongwith the govt machinery? Why did everyone wait for the day break to realize what had happened? Sir, if the administration had been fast enough who knows, we could’ve saved so many lives? And then to believe that you personally are the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority. I’m sorry sir, but you’ve failed, miserably I might add.
And lastly sir, If you count the number of people who have died in just the last three incidents, two in Dantewada and this one, you’ll see that the number of innocents killed by Maoists are more than the number of people killed in Mumbai on 26/11. You do not have to be a scientist to see that Maoists are a bigger threat than Islamic terrorists. If that be so how can our response be any different towards Islamic fundamentalists and Maoists? Both these are terrorist groups who do not care about the lives of innocent citizens of this country. If you still cannot make up your mind I wonder when will you? How many more innocent lives will it take for you to understand that you need to act. And act now. If there are people within the Congress or the UPA II who are sympathetic towards them why don’t you come out and expose them? If you don’t it clearly shows that for you political security is more important than national security.
And sir, I’m still crying. May be I’m an emotional fool or whatever but if you cannot shed a tear or two for those two innocent girls and 98 others I wonder what kind of a human being are you. Forgive me for my harsh words but that’s a call coming straight out of my heart.
May you have the courage to deal with this menace effectively.