slated to fail

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jul 2018 12:31:54

THE contents of some Maoist documents -- seized by the Police -- admitting to failure to take appropriate counter-offensive ‘action’ against the Government forces apart, the very ideology and methodology adopted by the ultra-Left extremists (ULE) are slated to fail in the long run. They might have appeared to succeed for a few years, but in the ultimate analysis, such thought and action can never succeed, no matter the initial impact they might have made on the society. For, when a thought hinges on violence as the principal tool, and when an action is aimed only at perpetrating violence and unleashing terror on innocent civilians, mainly the tribal and rural folks, then the movement is bound to fail. The Maoist documents indicate that failure, though the authors of the document are limiting the expression of frustration only to a failure in the counter-offensive by their cadres. The fact of the matter is that fundamentally, the Maoist movement is destined to fail in the long run because it could never claim a willing support of the local population to its cause. No movement anywhere in the world has succeeded in the absence of a voluntary local support-base and not the one under coercion which the Maoists have often unleashed. 

When the Naxalite -- which later assumed another name ‘Maoist’ as well -- movement got started in the Naxlabari village in Bengal, its leaders, Kanu Sanyal and Charu Mazumdar, claimed to have launched a battle against the Government establishment that did not deliver welfare to the last and least man in the country. The thought did attract some intellectuals who did not know that the Naxalites believed in violence as the first and the foremost tool in their hands. Once this got known, some intellectuals strayed away from the Naxalite movement, while some did not. And they were the ones who tried to give Naxalism certain authenticity by smart argument and cantakerous discourse.

However, those who knew the reality predicted even in those early days that the Naxalite movement was destined to fail eventually. Their prediction was based on sound thought that senseless violence against a lawfully and morally established State can never succeed in any condition. If some upstarts aim to unseat such a Government and wage a war against a constitutional establishment, then they are bound to fail in the long run since they would never be able to harness appropriate local support from common masses.

It is exactly what has happened to the Naxalite movement. In the past some time, the Naxals are failing everywhere, no matter their claims. It is because of this failure on most fronts that the Government also has de-listed many districts from the map of Naxal-affected areas across the country. There were some times when even the judicial officers tended to sympathise with the Naxalite cause under an impression that they represented a truthful voice of the underprivileged. Subsequently, however, even that picture started changing and the Maoists and their supporters and their frontal organisations started losing court battles. That came from a wider realisation on the part of the larger society that the Maoist cause must fail because it believes in wanton violence and a senseless war against the Government.

When such widespread reverses are experienced, no movement can succeed. The admittance of failure in counter-offensive, as expressed in some of the Maoist documents found by cops, is a clear indication of how the Maoist movement is going downhill. True, angered by this, the Maoists would certainly try to mount one more fierce offensive against the establishment. But it can be safely predicted that even that effort would meet with a massive failure because of the inherent ideological and methodological flaw in it.