'The great delusion of our time is that ‘revolution’ is the totem of historical progress. There is indeed a revolution underway, but not of the communist fantasy. It is the revolution of nihilism, wherein ideas and virtues lose all meaning, human beings become mere instruments, ‘action’ is always imbued with violence, and everything is subsumed within a quest for absolute power. Those swayed by Absolute Truths cannot understand that such language leads to an endless oscillation between domination and chaos. From now on, no left-wing politics can carry philosophical conviction if it fails to address the scourge of violence.'(From A Hard Rain Falling: EPW, July 2012)
Maoists kill 14 in two attacks in Chhattisgarh
Seven members of a polling team and five CRPF personnel were among 14 killed as Maoists struck twice in less than an hour in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, just two days after peaceful elections were held in the region. In the first incident on Saturday, armed rebels numbering close to 100 triggered a landmine blast to target a passenger bus in Bijapur district and then showered bullets on it, killing seven poll officials on board and injuring five. The poll officials were returning to the district headquarters. Less than an hour later, another powerful landmine blast blew up an ambulance carrying CRPF jawans on NH-30 near Darbha in Jagdalpur district, 350km south of capital Raipur. Five troopers were killed and five injured while the driver and emergency medical technician of the ambulance, belonging to the 108 Sanjeevani emergency service, also died. The rest of Chhattisgarh, including several Maoist-hit constituencies, will vote in the Lok Sabha elections in two phases on April 17 and April 24. The state’s chief electoral officer Sunil Kujur said there would be re-polls if EVMs were damaged in the Bijapur attack. The attacks could have been averted had both parties not violated the basic rules of operating in a Maoist-affected area, CRPF sources told HT. “The polling party was to travel on foot to avoid landmines, under the watch of CRPF personnel walking ahead to secure the route. But inexplicably, they hitched a ride on a bus that was then blown up,” said a senior CRPF official.
Ahead of the state assembly elections last year, Ramanna, secretary of the Maoists’ Dandakarnya special zonal committee, had issued a similar apology for killing state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel and his son Dinesh. Patel and his son were among the 27 people killed in the Maoist ambush at Jhiram valley in Darbha on May 25 last year. The attack eliminated a chunk of the state Congress leadership including Mahendra Karma, architect of the (now disbanded) anti-Naxal vigilante movement Salwa Judum. Senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla, who was injured in the Darbha ambush, succumbed to injuries at a Gurgaon hospital.
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