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Attacking violence

Two books on Naxal activities raise pertinent questions


FOR THE Telugu Desam party, which was just waiting to dissolve the assembly and announce fresh polls, the naxalite attack on chief minister Chandrababu Naidu earlier this month came as a right opportunity. The party's announcement of `naxalite violence' vs `development' as the poll plank surprised many. It prompted TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao to comment, "Does it mean if people do not vote for Telugu Desam, they are supporting naxalites?"

The issue of naxalites was never a subject of significance in a poll agenda for any party earlier. With the common people being exposed to the problem more than ever before, the need to discuss, debate and put the entire issue in a right perspective has risen. Uppala Narasimham's two-fold volume on Vidwamsame Viplavamaa? cannot have come at a better time. He puts together various essays that were published in Andhra Prabha in the last one year.

More than being an experienced journalist, Narasimham's close association with the Telangana region gives weight to the thoughts he expresses. Through his essays, he raises many points questioning the naxals' intention of why the group, which believes in peoples' power, has to take to the gun? He highlights the studies and observations made by the CCC (Committee of Concerned Citizens) over a period on the issue and mirrors the scenario in its seriousness.


What is news in the morning when one opens a newspaper and reads, becomes history at the end of the day. However horrifying they may be, incidents of blasts, kidnaps and killings fade from our memory fast. Editorials condemning the events have as much impact as any other news. Uppala Narasimham's collection of essays, in that context will help understand and analyse the issue. He makes a subtle suggestion to the naxalites asking them to consider an alternative to achieve their goal.

Narasimham's books come as a reminder and evaluator to all the people involved in the issue - naxalites, politicians, media and the human rights groups. The recent pictures of the CM emerging out of the wrecked car soon after the blast near Alipiri find place in the book, lending the much-needed effect.

Vidwamsame Viplavama; Uppala Narasimham... Pp: 70... Price: Rs. 25

Vidwamsame Viplavama - 2; Uppala Narasimham... Pp: 84... Price: Rs. 50

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