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Naxal menace could not be solved by use of Army- VK Singh

Posted on Jan 08, 12:36PM | UNI

Former Army Chief VK Singh today said naxalite menace is a development and social disparity related problem which could not be resolved by the Army.

Delivering Pundit Jhabbar Mall Sharma memorial lecture under the aegis of Rajasthan Patrika Group of Newspapers here, Mr Singh said,"When the government had consulted with me over feasibility of option of Army use for solution of naxalite menace I had conveyed to them that this is not an Army subject but is social disparity and development related issue that needs political solution and approach." Patrika Group Chief Editor Dr Gulab Kothari also spoke on the occasion.

Mr Singh and Mr Kothari also presented awards to scribes and authors for creative journalism and writing.

Mr Singh said under the regime of neo-liberalisation the social disparity had grown further and the gulf between poor and rich had also been widened.

Pointing at 'lack of adequate development in the naxal infested belt/zones' the former Army Chief said this helped naxalite elements to win support of the people and mislead them on the path of violence.

This is why the menace which earlier was confined in around 70 districts has now spread in as many as 210 districts, he observed.

He also made several sarcastic observation against the state of governance and the people occupying positions in the government.

"The nation was suffering from cancer but it is being treated for typhoid...democracy has reduced merely into electrocracy and politics is criminalised..," Mr Singh added.

Stressing up on electoral reforms, Mr Singh said he was also working for change and reforms in the system and for that he was meeting/working with like minded people.

On the state-of-affairs in the media, Mr Singh said rising trend of commercialisation had pushed aside the ideals of social cause and mission.

Instead of evolving and highlighting issues the media is indulged in sensational events, happening and crimes coverage have come on focus in the media, he said.

Patrika Group Chief Editor Dr Kothari in his address targeted hard the evils of paid news and other commercial moves that had now been entered the profession of journalism and also expressed concern over growing 'professional insensitivity' among scribes due to increasing effect of TV and internet.

Dr Kothari also elaborated on steps and initiatives taken by the Patrika Group for reforms and upholding high professional values.

He also condemned atrocities and harassment of scribes/media houses in Chhateesgarh.

On this occasion Rahul Prakash and Mal Chand Tiwari got first and second prize respectively for creative story writing while Avinash Singh Chauhan and Prita Bhargava bagged first and second prize for poetry.